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Source Code (12A)

Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The critical consensus

It’s just a shame that a feel-good, crowd-pleasing ending prevents it from being even smarter.

***(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The List, 18/03/2011

The Moon man returns to Earth with a clever, classy and affecting thriller that never goes off the rails. If Bowie isn’t careful, he’ll soon be better known as “Duncan Jones’s father”.

****(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 22/03/2011

An exciting, intellectually stimulating science-fiction thriller which also connects emotionally. Everyone involved earns a promotion to the premiership.

****(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 28/03/2011

While some may quibble over Source Code's conclusion, it's increasingly rare nowadays to have a movie which trusts the intelligence of its audience. Having taken us on a wild but emotionally satisfying ride, Jones is the kind of filmmaker we need to keep on board.

Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 29/03/2011

It’s a fun game for a while...but [director] Jones can’t hold back an incipient tidal wave of mawkishness, helping the movie lunge for a big ending by shamelessly dismantling its own nerdy logic.

***(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 31/03/2011

Source Code won't stand up to scrutiny afterwards, but while it's thundering along you are absolutely committed to the ride; also confused and unsettled, but never for a minute bored.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 01/04/2011

A uxuriously enjoyable film.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 31/03/2011

A science fiction thriller with brains and brawn.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 31/03/2011

Clever and taut sci-fi adventure.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 31/03/2011

A slick, cerebral and - most of all - dull as all hell sci-fi calamity.

**(*)(*)(*)Daily Record, 01/04/2011

Source Code may have its flaws, but it's a solid down-payment on a career that will hopefully see Jones deliver the kind of smart, intelligent mainstream cinema that's always in too short supply.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 02/04/2011

It’s partly a question of tone: a B-movie idea is executed with sombre reverence, demanding the audience take it more seriously than it deserves or can withstand.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 01/04/2011

The efficiency of the story telling is enough to win you over.

Jonathan Romney, The Independent on Sunday, 03/04/2011

Duncan Jones brings a philosopher's eye to this ingenious sci-fi thriller.

Philip French, The Observer, 03/04/2011

Features about Source Code (12A)

Interview: Jake Gyllenhaal, actor

Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 22/03/2011

Vera Farmiga: 'I demand a lot from myself'

Elizabeth Day, The Observer, 27/03/2011

Interview: Duncan Jones on the journey from being Zowie Bowie to one of Hollywood's hottest film directors

Will Lawrence, The Herald, 27/03/2011

A real blast from the past

Gill Pringle, The Independent, 31/03/2011

Duncan Jones: Starman of sci-fi cinema

John Walsh, The Independent, 02/04/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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