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Edge of Tomorrow Review

Movies.com Critics

4.0

Dave White Profile

Killing it. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    67

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Edge of Tomorrow is the ultimate metaphor about Tom Cruise’s career. You can’t kill this guy. He’ll just keep coming. And he remains arguably the biggest movie star in the world for a reason. He brings it.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Although the humor helps, the Groundhog Day-like repetition gets tedious; it makes you feel more like a hamster than a groundhog — or rather a hamster's wheel, going round and round, over and over again.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Cruise and Blunt have a measure of chemistry, however their characters go undeveloped, given short shrift amid the spectacle. But the pulse-pounding action scenes are briskly directed by Doug Liman.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    They might also have called it "Groundhog Day 2," but that wouldn't have conveyed the film's martial frenzy, its fascinating intricacies or the special delights of its borderline-comic tone.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    The pleasure of Edge of Tomorrow is that it’s not an action movie first and foremost, but rather a cheeky little puzzle picture in expensive-looking blockbuster drag.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Appealing but violent sci-fi thriller explores time, fate.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Edge of Tomorrow is a thought-provoking sci-fi thriller that steers clear of some of the usual action-movie cliches -- mainly that women are damsels in distress in need of rescuing -- and presents both strong female and male lead characters (played by Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise). Expect a constant barrage of intense, chaotic combat as humans battle aliens: Soldiers are bombed, shot, obliterated by fallen debris, blown up by explosives, mangled by creepy aliens, and more. Not a lot of blood is seen, but many, many characters die -- including the main one, who dies over and over (most frequently via a gun to the head) as he learns how to defeat his enemies. There's also some swearing (including "s--t," "bitch," and one use of "f--k") and kissing.

  • Families can talk about how time is manipulated in Edge of Tomorrow. Does it remind you of any other movies? How is it different? Does the movie adhere to the "rules" of time travel?
  • Rita is a strong female character. How often do you see women like her in action movies? What about movies in other genres?
  • Talk about the impact of the movie's violence. How does it compare to what you might see in a horror movie? Does it matter that so much of it is large-scale/over the top?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: It may seem like a cliche, but it's true: If at first you don't succeed, try try try again. Related to that is the message that life can surprise you, even if you think you've seen it all.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Major William Cage is tenacious and willing to learn, even if that means confronting his own demons. He does whatever is necessary to save humanity -- including dying every single day. Rita Vrataski is the consummate soldier, willing to put herself on the line for the good of the mission and her colleagues. She's a strong, powerful female character who holds her own in all circumstances. Other characters look up to her as an example.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: As a key part of the plot, the main character dies repeatedly, most of the time via a gun to the head. Most of the film is set during loud, intense battle scenes that feature a wide variety of carnage, chaos, and mayhem. A helicopter crash results in a significant death. Constant peril/danger, and many, many people are killed, by bullets, bombs, aliens, catching on fire, being crushed by a plane, and other means, though few of the scenes show anything especially gory or bloody. Also hand-to-hand combat.

  • sex false2

    Sex: One scene shows a man's naked backside (nonsexual). Two characters share a brief kiss.

  • language false2

    Language: Moderate swearing, including "s--t," "a--hole," "hell," and one use of "f--k." One female character is nicknamed Full Metal Bitch.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: The logo for a British Jaguar automobile is seen.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One scene is set in a bar, with adults drinking and talking.

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