Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 31, 2011
    100
    Director Duncan Jones achieves a strange and winning amalgam, a gripping action film that also works as poetry.
  2. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Mar 31, 2011
    91
    This is hair-raising, clever and winning entertainment. Even if his protagonists aren't entirely what they seem to be or think they are, Mr. Jones is, it's increasingly clear, the real thing.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 14, 2011
    91
    Showcases Jones' ability to provide ample entertainment value with sharply drawn characters in a minimalist setting.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 31, 2011
    88
    An ingenious thriller that comes billed as science fiction, although its science is preposterous.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mar 30, 2011
    83
    Among all the chess-piece players on the board, the star is the only one who really builds a solid emotional foundation for his character.
  6. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Apr 8, 2011
    80
    Source Code is a formally disciplined work -- a triumph of movie syntax -- made with rhythm and pace. Jones, unlike most commercial directors, accelerates the tempo without producing visual gibberish. [11 April, 2011 p. 88]
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 1, 2011
    80
    The first film in a while to have a decent heart while quickening your pulse.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Mar 31, 2011
    80
    Everything we learn about Stevens and Christina and Goodwin by the end of the film comes from their actions, not their words. That lends Source Code an elusive, almost arty shimmer beneath its glossy, action-movie surface.
  9. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Mar 31, 2011
    80
    None of this makes any sense if you think about it, but the idea is so much fun that thinking about it may be your last impulse.
  10. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 30, 2011
    80
    What's really cool about the film - in addition to Jake Gyllenhaal's performance as Stevens - is how Jones makes sure that we don't know any more than Stevens does, right up till the end.
  11. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Mar 29, 2011
    80
    A propulsive ride worth your popcorn dollar, not for its preposterous genre tinkering but for its refreshingly humanist take on a high-concept gimmick.
  12. 80
    It's a crackerjack ride, shot and edited for maximum discombobulation.
  13. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Mar 28, 2011
    80
    An exciting, intellectually stimulating science-fiction thriller which also connects emotionally. Everyone involved earns a promotion to the premiership.
  14. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Mar 31, 2011
    78
    It's not nearly as complex and eerily existential as the director's debut, "Moon," but in its own way it's an even more satisfying time slice of identity-scrambled sci-fi.
  15. Reviewed by: Una LaMarche
    Apr 6, 2011
    75
    The psychological payoffs outweigh any implausibilities. And what's the harm in logging off your network for a few hours to indulge in some good old-fashioned science fiction?
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 1, 2011
    75
    In Source Code, the new thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, "Groundhog Day" goes metaphysical. Some people, I know, will argue that "Groundhog Day" was already metaphysical. Perhaps, but compared with "Source Code," it's "Caddyshack."
  17. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Apr 1, 2011
    75
    As popcorn entertainment, it's right on schedule.
  18. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 1, 2011
    75
    A fun ride of a sci-fi thriller with terrific romantic chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan.
  19. 75
    Michelle Monaghan's clowning response to her boyfriend's sudden histrionics lends the drama a giddy fizz.
  20. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 31, 2011
    75
    A taut, mostly well-crafted race against the clock that combines the time-loop conceit of "Groundhog Day" and the postwar paranoia of "The Manchurian Candidate."
  21. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 31, 2011
    75
    A high-octane mind game best enjoyed by following a key character's advice: "The Source Code is a gift. Don't squander it by thinking."
  22. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 31, 2011
    75
    Working from a tight script by Ben Ripley, Jones creates scary, hairy, high-octane tension. Disbelief? Suspended, until the logic lapses kick in later. It's a small price to pay for a ride that starts at wild and accelerates from there.
  23. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Mar 31, 2011
    75
    For a while it's the rare film that-in the mold of the first "Matrix" movie and "Inception," although on a more modest scale than either-mixes heady puzzles with gripping suspense.
  24. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 31, 2011
    75
    I'm still not sure what "source code" means here. I suspect the actors, the director, and the screenwriter haven't a clue either. But the thing keeps you watching.
  25. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Mar 31, 2011
    75
    Sitting through Source Code is like watching a chef coax a beautiful soufflé into perfect shape for 80 minutes, then drop a bowling ball on it.
  26. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 31, 2011
    75
    Source Code is a contraption, no doubt. But it works.
  27. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 30, 2011
    75
    Well paced and energetic; it's unlikely to bore anyone.
  28. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 30, 2011
    75
    White-knuckle fun.
  29. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 30, 2011
    75
    Duncan Jones, director of the very fine and very paranoid "Moon," makes this seemingly silly situation work, building tension over 93 minutes.
  30. Reviewed by: John Swansburg
    Mar 31, 2011
    70
    Source Code has a resonance that too many contemporary thrillers lack. Gyllenhaal invests Stevens with the simmering anger and grinning charm familiar to the genre, but also with a real sense of vulnerability.
  31. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 31, 2011
    70
    In crucial ways, Source Code, written by Ben Ripley, recalls "Moon," Mr. Jones's accomplished feature debut about a solitary astronaut played by Sam Rockwell. Source Code is bigger, shinier, pricier.
  32. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 31, 2011
    70
    With a twisty, mind-bending plot that frequently changes direction and occasionally overreaches, Source Code wouldn't work at all without a cast with the determination and ability to really sell its story.
  33. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Mar 14, 2011
    70
    A Hitchcockian thriller with a bit of "Unstoppable" and a little "Unknown," Source Code is a pulse-pounding flick.
  34. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 31, 2011
    63
    The script by Ben Ripley doesn't come up with enough obstacles to throw in the hero's path, and his budding romance with the doomed Christina feels more like a studio mandate than an organic development.
  35. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 1, 2011
    60
    Based on its thrillingly fractured first half - not to mention "Moon" in its entirety - Jones seems much smarter than he allows the film to be in the end. It wriggles out of its own intriguing puzzle.
  36. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 29, 2011
    60
    What begins as a tense, inventive suspense film becomes, to paraphrase Doctor Who, a wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey, mushy-wushy mess. That's decidedly NOT fantastic.
  37. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Mar 14, 2011
    60
    The movie boils down to one character, acting under enormous pressures of space and time, racing to solve a mystery. In this case, that may be good enough.
  38. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Apr 3, 2011
    50
    It is a tremendous downer when the second half of the movie shirks logic, defies its own established principles and raises more questions than it answers.
  39. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Mar 31, 2011
    50
    Gyllenhaal is particularly unsuited to this role, his saucer eyes flashing from calm to crazed.
  40. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Mar 14, 2011
    50
    Solid execution and some provocative ideas can't save Source Code from a fatal hubris, as it thinks itself far more clever than it actually is and assumes it's earned emotions at which it's only hinted.
  41. Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    Mar 31, 2011
    40
    Somewhere under all that bloat is the greatest short subject of all time.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 553 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 151
  1. Apr 7, 2011
    10
    AAtrekker
    I loved this movie. It had so many positive qualities. The Story was most interesting, the leads were charming and very
    ingratiating. The story was a combination of "Groundhog Day" and the TV series "Seven Days." I found it very engrossing and was on the edge of my seat during the entire film. If I have one criticism, it is the title but it's too late for that. This film shows very clearly that you don't need profanity, excessive violence or gratuitous sex to be enjoyed. The prime ingredient is a good story. But please pay very close attention to the early dialogue; it will help you to stay focused. Please more, more, and more of this type of fun, entertaining, and satisfying film. Full Review »
  2. Apr 2, 2011
    9
    The trailer makes this film look very ordinary, but very early into the actual movie, you realize something interesting is going on. Don't want to spoil anything by comparing it to other films or TV show, but the writing is terrific. The way layers of the onion are peeled back is artful and entertaining. One of the best "major" releases of the young year in my book. Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2011
    4
    Flat and rushed is the best way to describe this film. No character development, unanswered and half answered questions, unsatisfying "Hollywood" ending. It felt like if they didn't know the answer to some questions, they left it out. There was no real explanation on how they were able to do what they did. They could've made it longer and added anything to make it better. Although rushed only describes the writing. The production, acting, and anything that's not the story is good. It's what makes this movie watchable. Full Review »