|Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: June 21, 2002||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
A happy surprise: a timely antidote to the comic-book mindlessness of "Spider-Man" and repetitive space fantasy of "Star Wars," and an encouraging bid from the top of the A-list to once again reach very high and spit in the face of the gutless formula filmmaking that rules Hollywood. Read full review
Spielberg's sharpest, brawniest, most bustling entertainment since "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and the finest of the season's action epics.
Ferociously intense, furiously kinetic, its expressionist film noir science fiction that, like all good sci-fi, peers into the future to shed light on the present.
The casting of Minority Report may be the smartest in the history of Spielberg. [1 July 2002, p. 96]
Where Minority Report succeeds is by dishing up a little bit of everything to see no one leaves the theater disgruntled. There are helpings of science fiction marvel, theres some interminable tension and a real human story underneath it all. The specials effects are damn impressive to boot. Read full review
Can barely move during its final half hour, which is a shame, because until then it's a frenetic, engaging ride -- a huge grin, not unlike the one Tom Cruise now hides behind his grownup's braces.
By turns silly and amazing, a mishmash of Kubrickian devices accompanied by a steady Spielbergian drip of sentimentality.
Though his movie wraps challenging ideas and ingenious visual conceits in a futurist film-noir style, it's pretentious, didactic and intentionally but mercilessly bleak in ways that classic noir never was.
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