Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. Despite an outlandish premise, Next suffers from being too conventional.
  2. Wildly ridiculous and thoroughly entertaining thriller.
  3. 63
    A watchably absurd popcorn flick about a man who can see two minutes into the future.
  4. 63
    This isn't a bad movie; it's watchable but the direction in which the filmmakers choose to take it results in a vague sense of dissatisfaction.
  5. 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.
  6. Tamahori attempts to cover the ludicrousness of the story with a wickedly fast pace and sensational action set pieces. And in a film more than an hour and half long, events do whiz by.
  7. It starts exploring different facets of its premise and transforms itself into a fairly competent suspense thriller. That's enough to make it respectable, but a few things keep Next from being lovable or memorable.
  8. Ultimately, Next is just the next Nic Cage vehicle, another quirky story that allows him to do his patented neurotic balancing act in an askew world. The problem here is not just that Cage's shtick is wearing as thin as his hair; the role is a bad fit.
  9. 38
    Next, which makes "National Treasure" look like a model of narrative logic, is almost beyond criticism.
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    38
    Misbegotten mess.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    This implausible action thriller also stars Julianne Moore as an FBI agent who sees Cage's two-bit Vegas act and decides he can single-handedly save the world.
  12. 50
    It's noisy, nonsensical, and will fade from your consciousness even before you make it out of the theater lobby, but it's entertaining enough, and Tamahori throws us a few curve balls to keep things interesting.
  13. This pseudo-Phildickian actioner is chum for the bigger fish to come this summer; for Moore, it's a slummer.
  14. Next may be the silliest movie of 2007.
  15. An immediately forgettable action pic directed with a blowtorch by Lee Tamahori.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    50
    What starts out as a mildly diverting thriller blows itself to smithereens in the final reel.
  19. 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.
  20. For an action thriller based on a Dick story, Next is peculiarly low-tech and hokey.
  21. In Next, a crummy action and speculative-fiction hybrid, Nicolas Cage plays a guy who can see into the future two minutes at a time. It's too bad that Mr. Cage couldn't tap into those same powers of divination to save himself from making yet another inexplicably bad choice in roles.
  22. 30
    When the story finally collapses in a heap at the end, you'll probably want your money back, but that's where the title comes in: "Next!"
  23. 50
    Next bears some resemblance to another Dick adaptation, "Minority Report," about "pre-cogs" who can anticipate murders before they happen, but it doesn't really bother exploring the moral or emotional implications of Cage's power.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 10 out of 19
  1. 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 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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  2. Nov 13, 2013
    4
    Next is a wasted opportunity.
    The movie Next is a blast for about the first ten minutes. A great concept and an okay script. It then blunders
    repeatedly unsure of how to evolve, and ruins everything it started with. The dialogue suddenly becomes horrible and the acting is revolting. A ninety-minute film feels twice as long as it should. Full Review »
  3. 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
    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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