Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 9 out of 23
  1. 40
    While its heart is in the right place, Aeon Flux's head is just a little too high to make much sense.
  2. 25
    Aeon Flux is the sophomore picture from Karyn Kusama, who's first movie was a modest boxing film called "Girlfight." Here she's in over her head. The movie's sexual and scientific ideas never come through, and the characters would be fun only if they came with a joystick.
  3. By forcing definition on Flux, the filmmakers rob her of any allure. What do they offer instead? Clumsy exposition, bland PG-13 gunfights and subpar computer animation.
  4. Kusama offers moments of inspiration, but it frustrates like hell that she couldn't nail it completely.
  5. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    20
    Depressing and trivial.
  6. Theron is an arresting image, but, like everything else in Aeon Flux, she's stranded in a trashy and derivative glum zone of fashion-runway fascism.
  7. 10
    Every rumor you’ve heard about this film is true; it’s an absolute wreck.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    50
    The plot frequently resets/realigns itself in the fashion of "Lost" or "Alias," as good guys become bad guys, friends become enemies, and combatants become lovers. To portray confusion and uncertainty is one thing; to make a film this unsure of itself, wracked by its own faulty footing and reticence, is quite another.
  9. If Aeon Flux is what Charlize Theron does to pay the bills while otherwise being engaged in "Monster" and "North Country," it's probably a reasonable price to pay. For her. For us? No, no, no.
  10. The wordless six-minute animé shorts - at the end of which our double-jointed heroine would always die - don't lend themselves to a 95-minute action movie where viewers might rightfully expect something to make sense.
  11. 0
    Aeon Flux is by far the year's worst movie, a most dubious achievement.
  12. Reviewed by: Ryan Devlin
    50
    What made Aeon Flux compelling and special as an animated series had everything to do with the medium and the freedom Chung was given to shape the story as he pleased. Take away those elements, and Aeon Flux becomes nothing more than middling science fiction, which is unfortunately what the film is.
  13. 63
    The ideas underlying Aeon Flux's plot are the film's strength, and the filmmakers deserve some credit for doing more than paying lip service to them.
  14. It's hard to sit all the way through Aeon Flux while fully awake.
  15. The futuristic thriller is overly familiar and never especially gripping -- and too somber and cerebral for the young action crowd -- but it looks terrific and is in no way an embarrassment.
  16. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    Aeon Flux is not that terrible. It's certainly more fun than a lot of films that get lovingly showcased.
  17. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    75
    It's all so geekily gorgeous, it hardly matters that the narrative lapses in and out of incoherence and the dialogue is functional at best.
  18. Smultaneously silly, ostentatious and terribly boring.
  19. It's a movie best appreciated for the costumes, the sets and Ms. Theron's haughty athleticism.
  20. 38
    This live-action cartoon tries to walk the line between pleasing the faithful and appealing to a broad-based action audience. It fails on both fronts: It's too lifeless and watered-down to stand on its own high heels, but commits the cardinal sin of messing with the original.
  21. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    The future looks alternately grim and hysterical in Aeon Flux, a spectacularly silly sci-fier that plays like "The Matrix" crossed with "The Island" and reinterpreted as a long-lost Michael Jackson video.
  22. Gone are Chung's willfully irrational non sequitur surrealisms, vertiginous designs, dry humor, and physiological weirdness; now we have Charlize Theron trying to look icy, leaping about in resistance to a future dystopia that looks a lot like an overlandscaped European Union industrial park.
  23. With the exception of a few enjoyable action scenes, such as when Aeon and fellow operative Sithandra (Sophie Okonedo) flip and backflip their way across a lethal garden of bullet-spewing trees and spikes disguised as blades of grass, Aeon Flux is surprisingly draggy.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 184 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 86
  2. Negative: 24 out of 86
  1. Nov 29, 2010
    5
    This one had big shoes to fill. The late night MTV cult following were those who kept this story alive, it is in fact a great story. But alas, leave it to Hollywood and their complete lack of imagination and creativity to bring us a movie horribly written and conceived. Today's movies may seem like stories that have all been told before because they have. The greedy execs and talentless hacks go to the well of the comic book or animation flicks of yesteryear because they simply forgot how to make good movies in that town. It's all about boxing yesterday's success and forcing it down our throats. Aeon Flux is just that. The epitome of everything that is wrong with tinsel town. The only saving grace is that the story is solid or this would be a solid 0. Full Review »
  2. MacT.
    Dec 30, 2006
    10
    Rating this flick 10 just to offset the nonsense scores of zero. As scifi flicks go, I found this one to be very entertaining. Great concept, good execution, and a fine-looking film overall. A right-straight voodoo curse on all those who either cannot appreciate a good action pic or are so hung up on a specific comic concept that they can't enjoy an inexact adaptation. Full Review »
  3. Gray
    Dec 7, 2005
    3
    Terrible dialogue, badly shot action sequences, and mediocre special effects plague this hardly-ambitious sci-fi cash-in. The only reason people will see it is for Theron, and even she is a let-down. The plot has some interesting twists, and the ideas behind it are intriguing, but these are all Chung's work, not Kusama's. 'Keep off the grass."... I'd rather keep out of the theater. Get the DVD set instead. Full Review »