Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22
  1. 75
    Williams has extraordinary success in channeling this other person.
  2. So fascinating and has so many implications that it balances out some real flaws in the story.
  3. A slick sci-fi thriller that comes complete with enough twists to keep audiences satisfied and enough moral quandaries to keep the thinkers happy.
  4. It's a thoughtful, multi-layered film that falls a bit short of its goals on all fronts. Fans of intellectually challenging science fiction and/or Robin Williams will make up most of its market.
  5. One of the year's few sci-fi films that actually takes itself seriously, and a movie that goes a long way on the strength of its unique premise, steady performances and impressive visual style.
  6. 60
    Naim directs The Final Cut as if it were the pilot to a TV series: He teases the audience with all sorts of story threads, focuses on a minor self-contained mystery, and leaves the rest for future episodes that will never come.
  7. A satisfyingly eerie thriller.
  8. Can't cope with its own weirdness.
  9. 50
    Naim's potential is evident, but his debut is a frustrating exercise in missed opportunities.
  10. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    Quiet and sleepy.
  11. 40
    The movie becomes so cluttered with concept and design, it fails to get even a toehold on the humanistic subtext it's clearly reaching for. A pallid performance by Mira Sorvino, as Williams' girlfriend and advocate for the fully lived and recorded life, doesn't help.
  12. The thriller with a promising premise fails to deliver.
  13. The core of the movie is a satirical political thriller that juxtaposes dual points of view that could be described in cinematic terms as "It's a Wonderful Life" versus "Chinatown." The digressions should have been pared away.
  14. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Striking visuals help, but pic won't make the final cut with either genre fans, who've seen it all and better before, or the arthouse crowd, who will sneer at pic's cliches.
  15. Naim's premise has possibilities, but its execution often feels slapdash -- the viewer's sense of deja vu may be even more excessive than the characters'.
  16. Fairly well done but deadly dull futuristic thriller.
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Williams gives a performance that's honest and carefully wrought but on some level still a stunt. All that courtliness is wearing him out, and it's wearing us out too.
  18. 30
    Pressing on in grimly introverted "One Hour Photo" mode, Williams only stirs nostalgia for his slapstick days (ghastly '90s roles notwithstanding)--he's such a natural-born ham he manages to overdo understatement.
  19. Cut-and-dried sci-fi thriller.
  20. 25
    Taxes the patience of even the most willing viewer with its sheer nonsense: It's distractingly illogical.
  21. 25
    It's not a bad premise for a movie, but writer-director Omar Naim, a 26-year-old Lebanese native making his feature debut, proves equally inept at handling plotting, actors and pacing.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. JimG
    Jul 1, 2007
    Complete waste of an interesting premise. The storyline and subplots are cut to shreds leaving no reason to get involved or care about the characters. Absolutely pathetic. Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Mar 13, 2007
    The sad thing is that the premise of this movie could have been very interesting. Unfortunately they left out one small actual plot. Nothing happens in this movie until the last few minutes when [***SPOILER***] somebody chases Robin Williams through the woods for a little while and shoots him. It was stupid, boring, and just plain bad. Full Review »
  3. MIkeB.
    Apr 1, 2006
    Intriguing and intelligent movie that draws you in and keeps you thinking long after it's over.