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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)
  • Director: Lee Tamahori
  • Genre(s): Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Fantasy, Romance
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 96 min
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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. 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.
  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. 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.
  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: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 10 out of 20
  1. NicC.
    May 2, 2007
    10
    Ignore what those loser critics have to say. I'd like to see them do better! The story is great and the action is rockin but it all Ignore what those loser critics have to say. I'd like to see them do better! The story is great and the action is rockin but it all comes together due to a fantastic performance by the supertalented Cage. Collapse
  2. 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
  3. RazvyT.
    Aug 26, 2007
    8
    Good movie, very, very entertaining. Recommended for those who like action movies.
  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 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. 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 haveA 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. Expand
  6. 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 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. 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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