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  • Summary: Everyone has experienced the unsettling mystery of deja vu, but what if the feelings were actually warnings sent from the past or clues to the future? It is deja vu that unexpectedly guides ATF agent Doug Carlin (Washington) through an investigation into a shattering crime. Called in to recover evidence after a bomb sets off a cataclysmic explosion on a New Orleans Ferry, Carlin is about to discover that what most people believe "is only in their heads" is actually something far more powerful - and will lead him on a mind-bending race to save hundreds of innocent people. (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. It's an ingratiating star vehicle and elegant entertainment.
  2. 75
    Denzel Washington plays Denzel Washington, good cop. This isn't a great performance, but Washington wasn't brought in to show off his acting chops.
  3. It's an almost overwhelmingly professional picture, murderously fast, slick and full of outlandish notions, painstakingly realized. And it's also surprisingly satisfying -- thanks to Washington, a good cast, Tony Scott's swift direction and that unyielding professionalism.
  4. Déjà Vu has enough style and forward (or is it backward) momentum to viewers aroused. It's only after you leave the theatre that your head starts to throb.
  5. Déjà Vu is watchable trash, meticulously edited in Scott's skip-stutter style, but there's something ultimately unsatisfying about a thriller that more or less makes up its rules as it goes along.
  6. A needlessly complicated and confusing thriller.
  7. After 9/11, few of us look at terrorist acts casually. It's insulting to watch this grandiloquent pornography, using shock value and Hollywood cliche to evoke poignancy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 72
  2. Negative: 27 out of 72
  1. R.Lopez
    Feb 4, 2009
    another clique Sci-Fi thriller. Well your wrong Deja Vu is anything but clique it's an amazingly unique action thriller that you can watch over and over again and love every minute. Deja Vu stars Denzel Washington as Doug Carlin an ATF agent who is investigating a terrorist bombing of a ferry in New Orleans, as he digs deeper into the crime he realizes that he's done this before, and that to prevent the ferry bombing from happening he has to travel back to the past to prevent this event from happening. Denzel Washington delivers one of the best performances of his career as a man who has to repeat an event. Deja Vu is an intense, mind blowing and intriguing Sci-Fi film that will blow your mind. I very,Very highly recommended this amazing film. Expand
  2. PnArdyPnArdy
    May 13, 2007
    Really cool futuristic action with Denzel Washington, something you have never seen before. Denzel plays a special ops FBI agent who must change the past to save the future using special technology before it's too late. He has only one chance. It's a Back to The Future + Time Machine + Die Hard. The whole idea of real-time visualization and interaction with the past, thinking of it as of a trailing sequence of events in present that are actually taking place right now in a different timeframe, is completely new and boosts your imagination. Expand
  3. Feb 13, 2014
    I wasn't going to write a review on this one, but seeing all the mixed-to-negative reviews, decided to post something. While Deja Vu has its problems, like the sketchy time-travel explanations given and some inconsistencies between the timelines, it's a good movie nevertheless. Tony Scott's (rest in peace) directing is outstanding, Denzel Washington is charismatic as ever, the plot is quite gripping and the action, while scarce, is thrilling. In other words, it's a good sci-fi thriller, and I recommend watching it. Expand
  4. KyleM.
    Dec 2, 2006
    Nobody said it best as the guy sitting next to us in a crowded theatre that Denzel packed. "Whattttt?" he said after the last scene of this move, which is completely unbelievable. They tried to put out something half-believable and thought provoking...for that they get 4 points and 1 for Jerry Bruckheimer-esque things blowing up. Acting wasn't terrible, but if you want me to believe that you can have high-quality video of the past and Denzel can travel through time, get some nerd-looking scientists who know what they Expand
  5. DaveL.
    Apr 24, 2007
    The movie was fairly entertaining. Jim R. stated, "A very solid movie that keeps you thinking (assuming you bring your brain with you...)." I would say the exact opposite. It would be a great movie if you left your brain at home. The story is too far fetched and I'm amazed that I hear some of my friends say, "Do you think that's possible? If not, how long before it becomes a possibility?" So, there is an audience that will enjoy this but if you find yourself educated in any sense (especially College educated with a Biology degree) then you will hate this and find this laughable. Expand
  6. Fantasy
    Nov 22, 2006
    I find it difficult to believe that Denzel Washington an Academy Award winner would sign off on this lame production. If this were a free made for TV movie you would change the channel. It is too bad to be believed. No chemistry, no plot and no dialogue. Idiotic. Expand
  7. PatrickL.
    Dec 12, 2006
    A film with no worth. It is the kind of movies they did in the 80s; science nonsense, tv screens, time-count downs, cheesy music, explosions. And who is that guy looking like a caricature of Val Kilmer? It was amazingly stupid and boring and cliched. Expand

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