Looper Is Head-Spinning Fun

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis star in Rian Johnson sci-fi flick
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2012 11:31 AM CDT

Writer/director Rian Johnson wins over critics with Looper, a time-traveling sci-fi thriller with brains. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hired killer set to assassinate a future version of himself, played by Bruce Willis. What the press is saying:

  • Looper is "way inventive but it wears its creativity lightly, like it's no big deal. This is a highflying, super-stylish science-fiction thriller that brings a fresh approach to mind-bending genre material," writes Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times. "We're not always sure where this time-travel film is going, but we wouldn't dream of abandoning the ride."

  • It's an "obstreperously entertaining, bullet- and attitude-ridden science-fiction pastiche," writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. Like other reviewers, she does have one qualm: Gordon-Levitt's "distracting" prosthetic makeover to look more like Willis. "Little here is as initially transfixing as Mr. Gordon-Levitt’s mug."
  • At the New York Post, Lou Lumenick puts it simply. "An indie-inflected popcorn movie with major brains, brilliant acting and a highly satisfying payoff, Looper is the first must-see movie of the season."
  • But at Slate, Dana Stevens isn't as impressed, calling the film "a maddening near-miss: It posits an impossible but fascinating-to-imagine relationship ... and then throws away nearly all the dramatic potential that relationship offers."
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