'The Adjustment Bureau' Critic Reviews

92%
MovieWeb:   18 reviews
73%
Rotten Tomatoes:   252 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    90
    The age old quandary of human purpose, told with a modern twist, in screenwriter turned director George Nolfi's superb adaptation of Phillip K. Dick
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    It taps into your longing for the days when a sci-fi matrix could explain the world without making it a darker place.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Whether running or kissing or running and kissing (well, almost), Mr. Damon and Ms. Blunt turn romance into a palpable race.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    The Adjustment Bureau is not a film to be taken seriously in any way, but it has an interesting idea at its heart...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    This mind-meld of sci-fi thriller, morality play and passionate romance is worth seeing, mostly for the palpable chemistry between the lead actors.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    88
    A smart, stylish thriller that melds science fiction, romance and Hitchcock-ian intrigue with surprising ease.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Whether this movie works for you largely depends on whether you're willing to work for it. To which I say: Bring your gym clothes.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The so-called Plan is derailed!
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Two movies for the price of one, though only one of them -- a fragmented romance within a ponderous parable -- qualifies as a bargain.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Gary Dowell Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    A thoughtful and thought-provoking romance with a touch of the fantastic.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    ...the over-explained softened edges of the story turn what could have been an exceptional brain-bender into a good, but fairly standard-issue heart-warmer.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    The doughy Damon and aristocratic Blunt don't match up physically, and they never get any Hepburn-Tracy rhythms going that might create some current.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    It's too bad that "The Adjustment Bureau" is so flimsy, because Dick, as always, had a provocative idea, a pointed query about the role of chance in our lives.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    "The Adjustment Bureau" is a smart and good movie that could have been a great one if it had a little more daring.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Nolfi's movie works on an interesting scale and a disarmingly gentle spirit, even though it's being sold as a hard-charging romantic thriller. I like it; I hope it finds an audience.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The premise is so mind-boggling and fraught with implications that it tends to obviate the action mechanics of the last couple reels.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    A lively premise turned into an inert and uninsistent film by screenwriter and rookie director George Nolfi.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    The film bristles with the sort of contrivances that could incite derisive snickers. Yet it moves with such brisk self-assurance that the chuckles arrive only at a few comedic rest stops.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    25
    It's hard to imagine a more spectacularly silly film making it to theaters this year than The Adjustment Bureau.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    The on-screen pairing of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt is so winning that you may be willing to overlook the oddly modulating tone of the story that brings them together and then tries to keep them apart.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    50
    Mr. Nolfi, who is also making his debut as a director, is another unfortunate Christopher Nolan wannabe, so the movie is a preposterous muddle that borrows heavily from Inception, without a single original idea.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    Questions of predestination and free will are intriguingly posed and clunkily answered in The Adjustment Bureau.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    The misleading trailers for the supremely goofy "The Adjustment Bureau" promise action-packed sci-fi. What you actually get is a love-struck Matt Damon running for the US Senate as he's stalked by fedora-wearing angels.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    63
    It's romantic and intellectually stimulating and like "Inception," it may have you arguing with your date on the ride home.
    Full Review » 4 years ago