'Blade Runner 2049' Buzz: Critics Are Raving About the Long-Awaited Sequel

'Blade Runner 2049' Buzz: Critics Are Raving About the Long-Awaited Sequel

Sep 26, 2017

We've waited 35 years for the sequel to Blade Runner, the sci-fi classic starring Harrison Ford as a detective hunting rogue androids in the future. Blade Runner 2049 is finally arriving in theaters on October 6 (tickets are already on sale), with original director Ridley Scott producing and Arrival's Denis Villeneuve at the helm and Ryan Gosling joining Ford on screen.

Reviews are still under embargo for now (will they top to the original's 90% Rotten Tomatoes score?), but critics have been given permission to share reactions on social media, and for the most part they are very positive -- regarding the Blade Runner legacy, Villeneuve's direction and especially Roger Deakins's cinematography. Check out some of the remarks via Twitter below.

"I've seen Blade Runner 2049 and it's F***ING INCREDIBLE." - Kevin Polowy, Yahoo! Entertainment

"Blade Runner 2049 was one of the most mind-blowing films I've seen. It's breathtaking and transportive. Denis Villeneuve has a masterpiece." - Jenna Busch, ComingSoon.net

"Blade Runner 2049 is sci-fi masterpiece; the kind of deep-cut genre film we don't see anymore. Visually mind blowing, absolutely fantastic." - Erik Davis, Fandango

"Good news! Blade Runner 2049 is a terrific continuation and expansion of the original. Wasn't hoping for much, ended up LOVING it. (Even Leto!)." - Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

"Blade Runner 2049 is great. The third act is ??????. Denis's run continues." - Brandon Norwood, Tracking Board

"Astonishing. More than just a visual wonder, it's a groundbreaking science fiction masterpiece." - Jimmy O., JoBlo.com

"Blade Runner 2049 is a true sequel in tune with the mood, pacing, tone, contemplative nature and stark visual splendor of the original...real sci-fi filmmaking. It makes the new Star Wars films look like live action Lego movies. Blade Runner 2049 is NOT some action blockbuster. It is a hard sci-fi detective drama. They didn't reshape this to fit the mainstream...is nearly three hours and kept me entranced, tense and engaged the entire time. That speaks volumes. The time flew by. In terms of science fiction filmmaking and world-building, Blade Runner 2049 might be a masterpiece. I think I loved it. Want to see it again. See BladeRunner 2049 on the biggest screen with the best sound possible. This is transportive filmmaking. It completely drew me in...is also a Denis Villeneuve movie through and through. Chilly, oppressive, gut-wrenchingly effective and utterly human." - Drew Dietsch, Fandom

"Everyone bow down to Denis Villeneuve. He’s done the impossible and delivered a huge home run with Blade Runner 2049. Loved it. You do not have to have seen the original Blade Runner to watch Blade Runner 2049. But it will definitely make the film better if you have. Even if you have no interest in the film, the breathtaking cinematography by Roger Deakins is worth the price of admission. He’s a God." - Steven Weintraub, Collider

"Blade Runner 2049 is phenomenal. Visually mind-blowing sci-fi with noir roots shining through in a tight, twisty mystery. Best of 2017 so far. Denis Villeneuve is unquestionably one of the elite working directors and there's no excuse if Deakins doesn't win the Oscar." - Eric Eisenberg, Cinema Blend

"All I can say about Blade Runner 2049 is...give Roger Deakins the Oscar now. Absolutely stunning visuals." - Jesse Hawken, Torontoist

See for yourself when Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on October 6!

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