Excerpts from select reviews of Cloud Atlas:
"For all its ambition and accomplishment, and for the ostensibly subversive philosophy it pushes, Cloud Atlas ends up being just another platitudinous, overblown pummel-you-into-submission, movie-machine."
-- Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies
"I was never, ever bored by Cloud Atlas. On my second viewing, I gave up any attempt to work out the logical connections between the segments, stories and characters. What was important was that I set my mind free to play."
-- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The movie doesn't really work, but it's fascinating in the ways it doesn't."
--Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"This is by no means the best movie of the year, but it may be the most movie you can get for the price of a single ticket."
-- A. O. Scott, New York Times
SDLqCloud Atlas is a cornily enthralling sci-fi kaleidoscope."
-- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A trash heap of rubber noses and implausible high school accents that give new meaning to the word 'pretentious.'"
-- Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Cloud Atlas is consistently entertaining and surprisingly effective, as well as the shortest three hours most moviegoers will ever spend in a theatre... and that's no small recommendation."
-- Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International