Next

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6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 82
  2. Negative: 16 out of 82

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  1. Maurice
    Apr 23, 2007
    3
    Boring, annoying and forgettable. I hated it. Jessica Biel was the only acting and beauty highlight.
  2. Karen
    Apr 23, 2007
    1
    Terrible. A huge waste of time from start to finish. No real character development, plot twists, or even decent special effects. Badly acted, annoying and with the most over-produced soundtrack in film history. A cinematic disaster and a mess to be seriously avoided.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Apr 23, 2007
    1
    This movie was awful. Nicolas Cage has chosen to be in some pretty bad movies. The list is getting longer and longer, Nick. You have chosen to be in disaster after disaster. Wicker Man, National Treasure, The Weather Man, World Trade Center, Ghost Rider, Lord of War. "Next" is by far his biggest disappointment to date. What ever happened to the Cage we saw in 2003's Matchstick Men, This movie was awful. Nicolas Cage has chosen to be in some pretty bad movies. The list is getting longer and longer, Nick. You have chosen to be in disaster after disaster. Wicker Man, National Treasure, The Weather Man, World Trade Center, Ghost Rider, Lord of War. "Next" is by far his biggest disappointment to date. What ever happened to the Cage we saw in 2003's Matchstick Men, or 2002's Adaptation, or even his 1995 Oscar winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas. Cage is falling apart. It seems that his first half was so much better than the second half he is continuing to destroy. Expand
  4. 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 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) 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
  5. RogerD.
    May 20, 2007
    1
    Perhaps the worst movie of the year. Even if you buy the premise that a man can see two minutes into the future, the events in the movie are hard to believe. This is also the classic movie where the computer is constantly the "magic bullet." Whenever there is an obstacle or a problem, somehow a computer process can fix it!
  6. Spongeee
    Jun 6, 2007
    1
    15 mins into the film, I wanted somebody to look into the future and tell me how the movie ends because it was horrible!
  7. PeterT.
    Apr 27, 2007
    2
    This movie is both unplausible lacks logic, real suspense and the (well-known) actors seemed a litte affected to me. There are better ways to spend money, for example to flush it down in a toilet.
  8. 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 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 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? =) Collapse
  9. 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 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, 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
  10. May 26, 2013
    2
    A lazy film that breaks the most important rule of creative writing...lazy endings. This film has one of the laziest (worst) endings I have ever seen. Horrible film.
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. Wildly ridiculous and thoroughly entertaining thriller.
  2. 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.
  3. 38
    Misbegotten mess.