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Cloud Atlas: other voices

Excerpts from select reviews of Cloud Atlas:


A scene from the Cloud Atlas, distributed domestically by Warner Bros.


A scene from the Cloud Atlas, distributed domestically by Warner Bros.

"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

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 26, 2012 D1

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