'Next' Critic Reviews

66%
MovieWeb:   9 reviews
28%
Rotten Tomatoes:   129 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    17
    A schlocky mix of bad special effects and worse Cage hairdos.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    20
    It's too bad that Mr. Cage couldn't tap into those powers to save himself from another bad choice in roles.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Andrew Pulver Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    This one experiments with the putatively brain-frying idea of a man who can see two minutes into the future.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    Once you know the rules, it's hardly worth playing. Especially when you find out you've been tricked.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    Watchably absurd popcorn flick.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    A routine action film with strange bits of surreal time-flopping mixed in.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    Good summer fun that's both brain and eye candy.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This busy sci-fi thriller often seems like a page full of equations rendered meaningless by an early misplaced decimal point.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Cage is cool, quiet and a touch melancholy as Johnson -- carrying the burden of his gift with a brooding brow and a ready punch line.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    Next features Nicolas Cage as a clairvoyant who can see events before they occur. If anyone on the production team had similar abilities, they could have foreseen that the film was a folly in the making.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    If this all sounds like tripe, that's because it is.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    The tagline says, 'If you can see the future, you can save it.' For that matter, if you don't see Next, you can save 96 minutes. What starts out as a mildly diverting thriller blows itself to smithereens in the final reel.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Next, which makes National Treasure look like a model of narrative logic, is almost beyond criticism.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    Who says preposterous junk can't be fun?
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    Colossal waste of time.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    It doesn't have the momentum, the quick-wittedness, to keep us wondering what's going to happen next.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    The film fails to play by a consistent set of rules and, while it's possible to justify that endgame twist, that doesn't mean it's a good idea. Some viewers will feel cheated by what Next does, and it's hard to blame them.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Despite an outlandish premise, Next suffers from being too conventional.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • David Germain Associated Press (Top Critic)
    The paranormal thriller Next shows how a solid crew of filmmakers and performers can apply a big-studio budget to a good story idea and still have absolutely everything come out wrong.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Carina Chocano Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Next comes across like a standard clock-puncher for almost everyone involved.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Matt Soergel Florida Times-Union
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Meek Boston Phoenix
    50
    Tamahori and the phalanx of writers implode Dick's intriguing premise into a pedantic thriller.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Irish Times
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Steve Biodrowski ESplatter
    Nobody said this had to be great art, but why couldn't it be a satisfying thrill machine?
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Nick Schager Lessons of Darkness
    50
    It's debatable whether Cage's supernatural ability is any more interesting than his strange coiffure.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
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