Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22
  1. A slick sci-fi thriller that comes complete with enough twists to keep audiences satisfied and enough moral quandaries to keep the thinkers happy.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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'.
  5. 75
    Williams has extraordinary success in channeling this other person.
  6. Fairly well done but deadly dull futuristic thriller.
  7. A satisfyingly eerie thriller.
  8. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    50
    Quiet and sleepy.
  9. 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.
  10. The thriller with a promising premise fails to deliver.
  11. 25
    Taxes the patience of even the most willing viewer with its sheer nonsense: It's distractingly illogical.
  12. Can't cope with its own weirdness.
  13. 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.
  14. So fascinating and has so many implications that it balances out some real flaws in the story.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 50
    Naim's potential is evident, but his debut is a frustrating exercise in missed opportunities.
  19. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    40
    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.
  20. 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.
  21. Cut-and-dried sci-fi thriller.

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