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The Adjustment Bureau Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

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4.0

Grae Drake Profile

Paranoia never looked so good. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    60

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Two movies for the price of one, though only one of them-a fragmented romance within a ponderous parable-qualifies as a bargain.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Compelling enough, a sort of "Inception"-lite, but the plot holes take it off course.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    An enjoyable piece of hokum – your basic doom-laden parable of metaphysical sci-fi mind control, only with a surprise romantic sparkle.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    George Nofi pulls off a relative rarity in his feature film debut by creating a genuinely romantic fantasy suspense thriller.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Sci-fi/romance hybrid mixes plot twists, serious themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this twist romance wrapped up in a sci-fi thriller tackles some complicated themes -- i.e. who controls our fate? -- that might be too overwhelming for tweens and younger. The way the movie addresses them is also pretty tricky to follow, though it's sure to spur some mind-bending questions. Expect some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k") and a few scenes with drinking, as well as one relatively tame love scene. There are also tense chase sequences, fistfights, and a shocking car accident.

  • Families can talk about how the movie compares to other thrillers. Is it more or less scary and violent? Which is harder for you to watch -- tense scenes or violent ones? Why?
  • What is the movie saying about people's fate? Do you agree? Do we control our own destinies, or is life mapped out for us?
  • What do you think of the characters' decisions? What would you give up, if necessary, for love?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie asks a big question: Do we control our own destinies, or is our fate predetermined? Here, it's made clear that free will is a myth and that there is indeed a master plan for humanity -- and that people who stray from the path that's been set for them will face dire consequences.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: David Norris seems to be living a charmed life as a rising star in politics, but he's willing to give it all up for love.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Some extended, frantic chase scenes, a few fistfights, and one shocking car accident.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some kissing, and one love scene (but no nudity).

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional swearing includes a couple of uses of "f--k" and several "s--t"s, plus "bulls--t," "hell," "ass," "damn," "goddamn," and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A Nationwide billboard is shown several times. Damon's character has an iPod.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some scenes feature people drinking beers in bars.

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