Returner

Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. Like all good B-movies, Returner comes loaded with enough eccentric touches to give the recycling a whiff of freshness and, as is often the case with many above-par follies, it's the cast that takes the whole thing to another level.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    Kaneshiro is all long flowing locks and smoldering disdain, the visual F/X are only so-so, and pacing is almost brisk enough to hide the plot holes.
  3. 50
    Yamazaki is clearly a science-fiction fan himself, and in Returner, he shows some worthwhile style, if only by stealing the biggest and best possible elements for his serviceably entertaining genre mashup.
  4. Hovering between "Last Action Hero" and "E.T.," this sci-fi extravaganza is bookended with violence but has some gentle moments in between.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    50
    Less a new Japanese movie than a series of scenes from old American ones, most notably "The Terminator" and "ET."
  6. Overwrought and overlong, Returner might been a rousing B-movie -- had it not been hamstrung by Yamazaki's bigger pretensions.
  7. 50
    Hardcore genre fans may find some appeal in this warmed-over tale, but most viewers will be squirming in their seats even before the prolonged finale.
  8. 40
    A smorgasbord that seems to have been picked out of a Dumpster. It clumsily combines a fish-out-of-water story with bits lifted from sources including the "Terminator" movies, "Star Wars," "Starman," "Close Encounters," a couple of Pink Floyd albums and H. G. Wells.
  9. 40
    Mines familiar territory and does nothing especially new with it. On the plus side, Kishitani is a spectacular villain.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Jan 3, 2015
    8
    I love this movie. It is fun, clever, visually perfect. And Takeshi Kaneshiro is wonderful in his role. After all those American-hero movies,I love this movie. It is fun, clever, visually perfect. And Takeshi Kaneshiro is wonderful in his role. After all those American-hero movies, this is refreshening! Full Review »