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Based on 45 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 98 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    For all the spectacular settings and visionary designs, Cloud Atlas left me feeling disconnected. Sad. But that's the true true. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Despite some weaknesses, a sense gradually emerges in this film- not just an idea, but a strong feeling mixed with an idea - about the dance of good and evil over time. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The cinematography is gorgeous and the makeup amazing, but the story lines are too disconnected. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This would-be epic is beautifully photographed, elegantly crafted and adventurously cast. Unfortunately, though, it plays like a gargantuan trailer for a movie still to be made. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Cloud Atlas is pop spiritualism, comic-book grandiosity, Zen for dummies. I can't say I didn't enjoy it on some level, but it's not the level of universal wisdom the Wachowskis and Tykwer would have us be on. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    For all its strengths, the film is cursed by an ADD-style structure and a flashy but inevitably ineffective casting stunt. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Not quite soaring into the heavens, but not exactly crash-landing either, Cloud Atlas is an impressively mounted, emotionally stilted adaptation of British author David Mitchell's bestselling novel. show more

  • 45
    Bob Mondello NPR

    The directors can make it fluid, comprehensible and gorgeous to look at, but they can't keep what struck many readers as profound on the page, from seeming profoundly obvious on screen, especially when every point gets reiterated six times. show more

  • 80

    As is often the peril with movies of giant ambition, Cloud Atlas walks a crooked line between the glorious and the ridiculous. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It fascinates in the moment. It's getting from one moment to the next that is tricky. Surely this is one of the most ambitious films ever made. show more

  • July 01, 2014 cuestaj1
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    When I first saw it was beyond my comprehension, especially because of the lack of fluidity..It was like channel surfing..Weeks later I played it again and I began to connect the threads..This is not the Bible where the collective stories are not in chronological order, but everytime I read the collection I can put in order the stories and keeps me in it until I start to comprehend . ..I can always come into a movie and start in the middle and I can construct the time line so it all makes sense..The scope of the movie and the special effects keep me going...I might like the book better..Some books cannot be made into a movie..

  • December 28, 2013 steverossitermt
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    This is a wonderful film. It does require complete and undivided attention. On the first viewing it takes a while to put it together but once you figure out what is going on it is terrific.

  • August 20, 2013 jaimel38
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    I\'ll never watch another Tom Hanks movie again

  • June 30, 2013 bs00000000155020
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    This movie sucked. It started out really confusing and two hours into it, things still were not tying together. There aren\'t too many movies I turn off before the end, but this was one of them.

  • June 19, 2013 hglewis1
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    Produced for critics, not for audiences. This overblown monument to self-importance sacrifices entertainment for \"Whee! There\'s Tom Hanks again!\" character recognition. The characterizations and scene-settings typify a high school play with a $200 million budget.

  • May 24, 2013 jackd1207
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    Unbelieveably disjointed.

  • May 17, 2013 viatorcomm
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    Well-acted and viually striking pretentious drivel, with just about every verbal and situational cliche in the history of movie scripts. A little \&***************,\" a little \"Soylent Green, \" a little \"Star Wars. \" The movie may only run 2 hours and 42 minutes. It felt like...decades.

  • March 09, 2013 bk00000000140374
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    I enjoyed this movie. Interesting non-traditional format kept me intrigued the entire time.

  • February 10, 2013 wl00000000137511
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    At first, the stories seemed quite disconnected, but when you put the pieces together the movie is absolutely brilliant and even touching. If you didn\'t like this movie, it\'s probably because you don\'t have the intellectual capacity to understand it hahaha

  • January 12, 2013 ronnieandsabrina
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    This was the worst movie ever, we sat there for the first 45 mins and never understood what the heck was going on. We walked out along with others. Don\'t waste your money on this one.


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