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Elysium Review

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3.0

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  • 4.0
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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    All the interest and good will built up by the sharply conceived preliminaries is washed away in a succession of scenes that feel crushingly routine and generic, not to mentioned guided by ideological urges.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    Mr. Damon brings both a weary optimism and convincing physicality to Max, who is no revolutionary. He just wants to live, and is willing to don an exoskeletal combat suit and fight robots to do it.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Decidedly more thought-provoking than most big-studio summer fare.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    With most films, that'd be enough to cut out half the potential American audience. But effective, evocative science fiction, which Elysium is, has a way of getting by with an ILA (Insidious Liberal Agenda) in the guise of worst-case dystopia.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Even working within a more conventional framework, Blomkamp again proves to be a superb storyteller. He has a master’s sense of pacing, slowly immersing us into his future world rather than assailing us with nonstop action, and envisioning that world with an architect’s eye for the smallest details.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New Yorker Anthony Lane

    At last, a good big film. The legacy of the summer, thus far, has been jetsam: moribund movies that lie there, bloated and beached, gasping to break even. But here is something angry and alive: Elysium.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Damon’s everyman workhorse is tragically sympathetic, plodding ahead against all odds. Copley is brilliant as the sadistic villain. Foster is … well, you gotta see it to believe it. In the meantime, you’ll be treated to one of the most entertaining action films of the year.

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Exactly like oblivion by poohbearspunk
This movie is terrible I suggest you don't see it.

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