New Tomorrowland Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics
Walt Disney Pictures released their new adventure/fantasy film, “Tomorrowland,” into theaters today, May 22nd, and all the top, major critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that more of them liked it than not with an overall 61 score out of a possible 100 across 43 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: George Clooney, Judy Greer, Tim McGraw, Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Hahn, Thomas Robinson, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Keegan-Michael Key. We’ve provided blurbs from a few of the critics, below.
Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a very nice 90 score, stating: “All hands on both sides of the camera do outstanding work. Clooney seems to be enjoying himself thoroughly as the old grump whose creative flame hasn’t been entirely extinguished, but it falls more to Robertson to carry the film, which she does with great energy and appeal.”
Bian Truitt from USA Today, gave it a 75 score, saying: ” A spectacular ride for most of it, and while you’re a little let down at the end, you kind of want to jump back on and do it all over again.”
Mick LaSalle over at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 grade. He said: “The movie is saying something worth hearing about the place the future holds, the concept and promise of it, in human existence. It’s an attempt to wrest that vision from the narrow fantasies of doom-peddling action filmmakers. That’s an attempt worth making.”
Christopher Borrelli over at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 75 grade, stating: “At times Tomorrowland plays like such a throwback to those sweetly naive, low-rent, live-action Disney matinees of the ’60s and ’70s, George Clooney is like a Fred MacMurray with gravitas, gruff and grizzle, predictably warming up to a young dreamer (a terrific Britt Robertson) of cheer and vision.”
Matt Zoller Seitz from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 75 grade, stating: ” If you treat Tomorrowland mainly as an immense cinematic theme park that unveils a new “ride” every few minutes—just as Bird’s last feature, “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” was mainly a series of action scenes—its weaker aspects won’t be deal-breakers.”
Inkoo Kang from TheWrap, gave it a 65 grade, saying: “Tomorrowland is a globe-trotting, time-traveling caper whose giddy visual whimsies and exuberant cartoon violence are undermined by a coy mystery that stretches as long as the line for “Space Mountain” on a hot summer day.”
Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a 63 score, stating: “Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, a noble failure about trying to succeed, is written and directed with such open-hearted optimism that you cheer it on even as it stumbles.”
Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it a 63 score. He stated: “The thing barely makes a lick of sense. Rapturous on a scene-by-scene basis and nearly incoherent when taken as a whole, the movie is idealistic and deranged, inspirational and very, very conflicted.”
Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 60 score. He stated: “Tentpoles are rarely guilty of overreaching, but Tomorrowland has a tendency to feel out of control, a film that is finally more ambitious than accomplished.”
Joe Neumaier from the New York Daily News, gave it a 60 grade. He stated: “This fantasy adventure lacks focus when it should be laser-sharp, and stumbles when it could soar.”
Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 50 score. He said: “The whole film is an argument about nothing less than the future — can we fix our troubled world or not? But for all of its vaulting ambition, its sumptuous eye-feasts and its leapings back and forth in space and time, Tomorrowland never comes together as coherent drama in the here and now.”
Lou Lumenick from the New York Post, gave it a 50 grade. He stated: “The film never adds up to the sum of its parts, effectively a two-hour trailer for a movie I’d still be interested in seeing.”
Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 50 score. He stated: ” Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland is a great-looking, old-fashioned, at times soaring adventure ultimately brought down by a needlessly convoluted plot, some surprisingly casual violence and heavy-handed lectures about how we’re our own worst enemy and we’re going to destroy the planet if we don’t get it together.”
Justin Chang from Variety, gave it a 50 grade, stating: ” The glaring failure of Tomorrowland is that its central premise — children are the future — is almost completely negated by the preachiness of the execution and the clumsiness of the storytelling.”
Finally, A.O. Scott over at The New York Times, gave it a 40 score, claiming: “Its idea of the future is abstract, theoretical and empty, and it can only fill in the blank space with exhortations to believe and to hope. But belief without content, without a critical picture of the world as it is, is really just propaganda.
Tomorrowland, searching for incitements to dream, finds slogans and mistakes them for poetry.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.