Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
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  1. 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.
  2. 67
    The film is tense and engrossing. But it lacks exactly what the title advertises: the sense of inexplicable familiarity that should haunt you as the story unfolds and leave you all a-tingle when it ends.
  3. 75
    You aren't likely to see a more ludicrous movie for the rest of the year. But rarely has such ludicrousness been used to pay tribute to a town in need of love. Déjà Vu is generic enough to have been filmed anywhere. But it happens to be set in post-Katrina New Orleans.
  4. This seemingly simple thriller has two subtexts, one more overt than the other, that should give pause to people who claim Hollywood is always too left-wing.
  5. The SF hardware (enjoyable) and thriller mechanics (mechanical) of this Jerry Bruckheimer slam-banger don't mesh very well with reflection, and the action trumps most evidence of thought.
  6. 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.
  7. This may be the first crime thriller to explicitly utilize superstring theory but, in its woozy romanticism, it's not that far removed from this year's other time-warp movie, "The Lake House," about two lovers living in parallel years - or "Frequency," which starred Jim Caviezel as a good guy.
  8. Reviewed by: Adam Smith
    60
    Nobody does vapid bollocks as enjoyably as Tony Scott, and while this isn't as inventive as "Man On Fire" or as compelling as "Crimson Tide," it's still the right side of dumb.
  9. 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.
  10. What is interesting is not how little sense Déjà Vu makes but how little that matters. If you want your films to add up logically, you're welcome to take your calculator somewhere else. But if you do, you will be missing out on some first-class genre fun.
  11. 50
    Deja Vu becomes increasingly sillier.
  12. It takes chutzpah to title this movie Déjà Vu; every scene in it rings a bell. Certainly, I had just seen the same affable-righteous performance from Washington in Spike Lee's "Inside Man."
  13. 75
    Starts out a lot like an expensive-looking episode of "CSI" before morphing into a solidly entertaining time-traveling romance.
  14. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    It's preposterous, but never dull: Scott whips the action into a taut, tasty lather.
  15. Like "Man on Fire," the previous collaboration between Washington and Scott, Déjà Vu is stunning but poorly paced, a film that manages to be both captivating and frustrating.
  16. The movie's biggest charm is its unpredictable, offbeat tone.
  17. Reviewed by: Stephen Saito
    75
    Although the science fiction element had the potential to drag the story down, it's kept to a minimum and left somewhat buried in techno jargon.
  18. 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.
  19. 50
    To believe Déjà Vu, or even to pretend you can actually follow it, you'll need heavy-duty gear -- harness belt, spelunking helmet, a great deal of rope, PowerBars for sustenance. A little coffee wouldn't hurt, either.
  20. A needlessly complicated and confusing thriller.
  21. It's an ingratiating star vehicle and elegant entertainment.
  22. 58
    Rarely have Bruckheimer and Scott been so upfront about insulting people's intelligence.
  23. Definition of redundant: A formulaic Hollywood pic that calls itself Déjà Vu.
  24. Unlike the last Scott-Washington matchup, "Man on Fire," Deja Vu boasts a muscular, fast-forward story that won't be overwhelmed by Scott's need for speed in the form of rapid cuts and all that visual fusion that have become his stylistic trademark. Here, the approach is perfectly suited to the picture's time-shifting, multitasking structure.
  25. The joke of it is, for all the pricey bangs and booms, the whiplash cinematography and the editing that turns film space into cubistic tableaux, a Bruckheimer-and-Scott partnership is only as good as its screenplay, and this one is a mess.
  26. 50
    In brief, I fell cheated by these clever, narrative-disrupting films. They seem to miss the point. After all, every fiction film is magical--an artifice devoted to “What if?”
  27. 75
    An utterly preposterous but entertaining sci-fi action brain-bender.
  28. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    50
    Déjà Vu cannot escape the weight of its murky science, action-film formula and preposterous ending.
  29. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    Cinema's natural felicities for time and action have seldom felt as beautifully dovetailed.
  30. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    70
    Déjà Vu isn't as sleek a genre pleasure as "Enemy of the State," but it does have a freaky little trick up its sleeve.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 175 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 72
  2. Negative: 27 out of 72
  1. Sep 29, 2011
    6
    The movie starts out cool and brazen, but in the end it barely manages to hold itself from the tireless cliches it created. A movie I wouldThe movie starts out cool and brazen, but in the end it barely manages to hold itself from the tireless cliches it created. A movie I would recommend to rent & watch. Full Review »
  2. BallisticYours
    Feb 16, 2008
    5
    Agent Doug only went back in time once, as shown in him popping up in the hospital..the ambulance in the blown-up shack was there just to add Agent Doug only went back in time once, as shown in him popping up in the hospital..the ambulance in the blown-up shack was there just to add drama that things seem to be coming to predictable end, since Doug hadn't gone back in time then. Same thing with the bloody clothes and Doug's fingerprints all over Claire's apartment. Tony Scott and crew should hv studied their time travel theories better. Heck,maybe they should have read their script, since one of the scientists used the Mississippi River analogy that once u change an event, it will spew into a different travel line. It's really all inconsistent. But have to admit, that car chase scene,no matter ridiculous, looked cool. The Back to the Future films are the best time-travel films since the people behind them were really intellectuals, and thought the storylines out before producing them. Deja vu is bordering on fantasy..Lord of the Rings had more reality than this film!! Full Review »
  3. Apr 7, 2013
    0
    Deja Vu rubbed me the wrong way. At first we got an overly sociable Denzel Washington (As Agent Doug Carlin) who seemed awkwardly out ofDeja Vu rubbed me the wrong way. At first we got an overly sociable Denzel Washington (As Agent Doug Carlin) who seemed awkwardly out of place, then we're presented a seemingly overweight and bored Val Kilmer and last but not least, a rather disturbing scene where Doug is viewing the body of a recently deceased young woman by the name of Claire Kuchever (Played by Paula Patton) and suddenly proclaims that "she sure is beautiful" after which the coroner and Doug both stare at the corpse until the Coroner gives an approving "yeah". This scene felt to me like finding out the pretty girl next door likes to really take the time to clean out her nose and eat the boogers. If the above hasn't convinced you to steer clear of this movie, the plotholes will. Full Review »