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  • Summary: In this sci-fi thriller, Nicholas Cage stars as a Las Vegas magician with a secret gift that is both a blessing and a curse: he has the uncanny ability to tell you what will happen next. (Revolution Studios)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. 80
    Directed by Lee Tamahori with his customary flash and glitter, Next lives from one brilliantly executed chase sequence to the next, which is more than enough reason to stay the course.
  2. 63
    A watchably absurd popcorn flick about a man who can see two minutes into the future.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    50
    What starts out as a mildly diverting thriller blows itself to smithereens in the final reel.
  4. 50
    Next begins to seriously embarrass itself and its stars -- except for Biel, surprisingly, who manages to escape with a shred of dignity, possibly because her role requires little beyond looking gorgeous -- once it rolls to its climax.
  5. For an action thriller based on a Dick story, Next is peculiarly low-tech and hokey.
  6. 40
    Next is clearly an attempt at a puzzle movie, one of those brainteaser pictures that lures viewers into another dimension, but it doesn't have the momentum, the quick-wittedness, to keep us wondering what's going to happen next.
  7. As a thriller, Next goes a certain distance on Cage's sad-sack charm and sense of humor, but it does nothing with its intriguing premise, and it's mostly just one more tedious and progressively dumb collection of Hollywood action clich├ęs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  1. E71
    Jun 2, 2013
    10
    I almost never write reviews but the intense negativity towards this movie really ticks me off so I had to say something.

    There are so many
    I almost never write reviews but the intense negativity towards this movie really ticks me off so I had to say something.

    There are so many crappy movies out there achieving high ratings yet this one, which both kept me entertained throughout and wanting more when it was over has become subject of a crucifixion.

    I confess that I didn't watch this movie about the time it was released because of how low the scores were (under 5.0 on IMDB at the time) and now that I have seen it I'm shocked at how cruel everyone has been. In fact, I think a lot of people made the same mistake as I have, basing their decision not to watch the movie on the ratings, because its IMDB rating is now over 6.0.

    It's not an Oscar winner, but it's got a clever script, is entertaining, has the beautiful Jessica Biel in it and deserves a lot more than the low ratings it's been given.

    Honestly, I think you haters either have insurmountable expectations or your taste in storytelling has decayed to the level of super cheesy action flicks like the more recent Die Hard installments.
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  2. Jul 20, 2015
    10
    ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Expectacularmente fodinha. Expand
  3. DanH.
    Jun 13, 2007
    9
    The critics, some of you people, are crazy. This move was crazy! Very imaginative and original. It was put together well, had you on the edge The critics, some of you people, are crazy. This move was crazy! Very imaginative and original. It was put together well, had you on the edge of your seat, everything a good movie needs. I can't believe people are dumb enough to mention how unrealistic it is and all this crap. Wake up call, movies are meant to take you "out of the box". If you want to see realism, stick to documentaries! See this movie, and be puzzled as hell by the stupid things people have said about it. It's crazy awesome, bottom line! The only reason I gave it a 9 and not a 10 is because I wanted to see more, but it ended. Great movie! Expand
  4. Nov 20, 2013
    6
    The movie on a whole is really nothing too special, but somehow I found it very entertaining. Cage is as bland as ever, but oddly I like hisThe movie on a whole is really nothing too special, but somehow I found it very entertaining. Cage is as bland as ever, but oddly I like his style of "acting." It's so bad that it's good (at least for me.) One gripe I have give in is the ending. It's just feels like such a cop out, like the writers really had no idea how to give it a good ending.

    Overall:
    A fun movie that can be entertaining at times, but a lackluster ending simply spoils what could have been something special (kinda.)
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  5. ChadS.
    Apr 29, 2007
    3
    If you're not in the mood to see a pair of slumming actors cashing a paycheck, don't see "Next"; see their next movie, because If you're not in the mood to see a pair of slumming actors cashing a paycheck, don't see "Next"; see their next movie, because Julianne Moore(as a FBI agent) cheats her adoring public this time out by being stingy with the facial expressions(she uses one, a steely determination expressed through squinted eyes), and Nicolas Cage(who introduces the notion of an anti-action star) as a magician/psychic, is too in love with Liz(Jessica Biel), and too busy doing his multiplicty trick, to offer any personality quirks as a diversion from the routine gunplay and explosions. "Next" aspires to be, I don't know, "The Sum Of All Fears" meets "What The @#$* Do We Know?" If you're a big fan of "Groundhog Day", your blood will boil at how this film rips off Bill Murray's sweet and hillarious attempts to win Andie McDowell's heart. In "Next", Cris' first(and second, third, fourth...) contact to seduce Liz has all the charm... of an action movie. His acquisition of Liz's adoration is so dishonest, it has the effect of ruining that classic sequence from the Harold Ramis classic, because it reveals such a tactic of persistence as being somewhat sleazy. "Next" is "a movie for men who love movies"(from an old TBS tagline to promote the cable network's array of bad action flicks), and quantum physics. Expand
  6. MarkB.
    May 11, 2007
    2
    If the lady with the baby carriage in The French Connection could've seen two minutes into her future, she would've turned the If the lady with the baby carriage in The French Connection could've seen two minutes into her future, she would've turned the corner to avoid the shooter...and her child would've grown up with a mom. If Chrissie, the girl who went nude swimming at the beginning of Jaws, could've seen two minutes into the future, she would've stayed onshore and had a pleasant, intimate evening with the guy who DIDN'T follow her into the water, causing the shark to swim elsewhere (resulting, of course, in a five-minute movie). And to be really frivolous about this, if Pee Wee in Porky's could've seen two minutes into the future, he could've anticipated which high school girls were going to step into the shower at any given time and claimed the peephole for himself! Obviously, Next's central premise is a fascinating one, and no doubt the Philip K. Dick story played it for all it was worth, but what Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day) and his writers have strangled out of it lurches between deadeningly generic (can we please, please for once have an action/ chase movie that DOESN'T feature a warehouse scene?) and frustratingly incomprehensible, as though it had no future (or past) recall whatsoever. Nicolas Cage plays a Vegas magician/ card player who uses said ability to eke out a living until his life is complicated by a grim FBI agent (Julianne Moore, who looks like she can't wait to get to her favorite leather bar after hours) who wants to use his skills to thwart a mad bomber...in, uh, two minutes?!? A perfunctory, tension-killing romance with Jessica Biel, whose future Cage has strange insights into, adds a smarmily sexist flavor to the proceedings, but the worst of Next's many felonies is a fraudulent pseudo-surprise ending that's the worst of its kind since the thoroughly illogical wrap-up to Alejandro Aja's exuberant shower-o'-gore High Tension two years ago with the notable difference that Aja's movie was actually WORKING before its last few minutes demolished it. You know, if Biel could see two minutes into the future, any script she's handed would induce her to immediately jump ahead to the towel scene and the "morning-after" scene in which her character is in bed covered with one of those miracle sheets that simultaneously covers her breasts and protects the movie's PG-13 rating, and having done so to turn it down, realizing that such movies are any attractive young actress's surest ticket to thirtysomething oblivion. If Cage could see two minutes into the future, HE'D automatically nix ANY action, horror or fantasy script handed him, realizing that (mediocre Marvel Comics adaptations released during slow moviegoing times of year notwithstanding) familiarity really is beginning to breed contempt. And if the normally sublime Moore (who's been through a really, really rough patch lately, giving one-note, nails-on-the-board performances in Freedomland, Trust the Man and this) could see two minutes into the future, she'd attach herself like Super Glue to Todd Haynes, who directed her finest work in Safe and Far From Heaven, waiting for the moment in which he's in a terrific mood so she can ask, nay BEG him to pull off a hat trick for her because she (and, God knows, ALL of her fans) desperately can use it. See how much more interesting, fun and worthwhile spending 90 minutes playing this little game can be than wasting them sitting through junk like Next? Expand
  7. JIminyBBeat
    Apr 27, 2007
    0
    What a total POS movie! Terrible on nearly every level with Cage turning in yet another dreadful, self-indulgent performance. But we all know What a total POS movie! Terrible on nearly every level with Cage turning in yet another dreadful, self-indulgent performance. But we all know he's a horrific, vain actor...the real mystery is what dirt Revolution Studios has on Julianne Moore that she continues to make films under their moniker. She is SO much better than this nonsense...but she is pretty terrible in this film as well. After showing some promise in The Illusionist, Jessica Biel turns in a performance that makes her work on Seventh Heaven look like Meryl Streep. All that being said, it's still not outright laughable ala The Wicker Man. Why does crap like this get made? And why do I end up seeing it? =) Expand

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