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The Adjustment Bureau (12a)


The critical consensus

Despite wobbling under the weight of some hefty ideas while straddling two genres, this sci-fi mystery surprises by emerging as a sweet, star-powered romance. It’s not Blade Runner. It’s not Minority Report. It’s worth chasing down though.

***(*)(*)Jonathan Crocker, Total Film, 24/02/2011

It's Inception for romantics, a love story told through the medium of science-fiction or maybe not; it's hard to peg this by genre. By keeping the pace quick, the explanation light and the characters strong, Nolfi achieves the near-impossible: a film puzzle you won't mind leaving unexplained.

****(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 28/02/2011

Not a bad night at the movies, but it's nobody's first choice.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 01/03/2011

Adjust your expectations accordingly, though, and this is still a hugely enjoyable slice of hokum.

***(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The List, 02/03/2011

Ignore the attempts to put a deeper meaning on matters and just enjoy the ride.

***(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The Herald, 03/03/2011

A strange but not unpleasant broth of romantic drama, political thriller, and sci-fi-glazed metaphysics.

***(*)(*)Sukhdev Sandhu, The Telegraph, 03/03/2011

This is an essentially light-hearted picture, and – with a pinch of salt – slips down pretty nicely as a dark, speculative comedy on the themes of love, free will and fate.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 03/03/2011

It gets sillier the longer it goes on, but it’s fairly compulsive viewing.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 03/03/2011

A very offbeat romance.

****(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 04/03/2011

As artistic endeavour this gives free will a bad name.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 04/03/2011

Talk of this being the next Inception is wide of the mark, but as a thought-provoking action flick, it'll do just fine.

***(*)(*)Daily Record, 04/03/2011

The stakes are high in David and Elise's relationship because the script repeatedly tells us they are; we never get to feel this for ourselves through Damon and Blunt's performances.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 05/03/2011

The climax may side-step some awkward questions, and lack a killer twist, but romantics will be more than satisfied.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 04/03/2011

It delivers as a chase movie and a passionate romance, but has pleasingly daft, yet vaguely plausible ideas about destiny and free will.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 06/03/2011

The film reworks A Matter of Life and Death with elements of It's a Wonderful Life and shares techniques and themes with Christopher Nolan's Inception.

Philip French, The Observer, 06/03/2011


Features about The Adjustment Bureau (12a)

The Adjustment Bureau: Emily Blunt interview

John Hiscock, The Telegraph, 26/02/2011

The Adjustment Bureau's will won't be done

David Cox, The Guardian, 07/03/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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