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The Adjustment Bureau

Fantasy . Romance . Thriller . Sci-Fi

A man glimpses the future Fate has planned for him – and chooses to fight for his own destiny. Battling the powerful Adjustment Bureau across, under and through the streets of New York, he risks his destined greatness to be with the only woman he's ever loved.

Actors: Emily Blunt , Matt Damon , Lisa Thoreson , Michael Kelly , Terence Stamp , Shane McRae , Lauren Hodges , Anthony Mackie , John Slattery , Florence Kastriner
Directors: George Nolfi
Country: USA
Release: 2011-03-04
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  • Calvin Wilson

    An exhilarating balancing act, at once a science-fiction romp, a paranoid thriller and a philosophical treatise.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The main thing that keeps audiences glued throughout its running time is that it's a love story, easily one of the best American love stories of the past year.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    One reason filmmakers like Mr. Nolfi seem attracted to Philip K. Dick's work, beyond the brilliance of its ideas, is that his unembellished writing style leaves them room to make the stories visually their own.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Equal parts playful, sophisticated and engrossing, The Adjustment Bureau is like the first songbird of spring, signaling that the winter of our collective brain-freeze is over and it's safe to go back to the multiplex.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    If the head of the bureau is God, then why is he played by Terence Stamp and not Morgan Freeman?

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Nolfi's dialogue is lean and often funny, while Damon and Blunt play appealing and clearly delineated characters drawn together by the kind of old-fashioned romantic passion you don't often see in contemporary movies. Full Review
  • Pam Grady

    The action, fantasy and suspense elements are all highly enjoyable, but if the romance didn't work this movie would fall apart.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Helen OHara

    By keeping the pace quick, the explanation light and the characters strong, Nolfi achieves the near-impossible: a film puzzle you won't mind leaving unexplained.

    Empire Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    George Nofi pulls off a relative rarity in his feature film debut by creating a genuinely romantic fantasy suspense thriller.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    The Adjustment Bureau is, above all, a romance of chance and chaos theory of the heart. (In this respect, some viewers will recognize it as kin to the early Gwyneth Paltrow fantasy "Sliding Doors.")

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Ultimately, The Adjustment Bureau shifts from paranoid dystopia to a more hopeful tenor, and that weakens it slightly.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A smart and good movie that could have been a great one if it had a little more daring.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Not the deepest stuff, but thought-provoking all the same -- and entertaining to boot.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    What's striking about the picture, I think, is its lack of violent threat.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Perhaps the most surprising thing about The Adjustment Bureau is that, irrespective of the misdirection of the trailers and T.V. spots, this is more of a romance than a science fiction thriller.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    An enjoyable piece of hokum – your basic doom-laden parable of metaphysical sci-fi mind control, only with a surprise romantic sparkle.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    What emerges from the chaos may be uneven and at times ridiculous, but it's never boring.

    Slate Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Everybody loves a do-over, but this could become tedious were it not for the undeniable chemistry of the two leads, whose dialogue crackles like cellophane.

    NPR Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    What results, against some odds, is an intriguing entertainment. Adjustment Bureau's central concept is certainly ingenious, but the details are a little wonky and don't stand up to too much scrutiny.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Compelling enough, a sort of "Inception"-lite, but the plot holes take it off course.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    This "Inception" meets "Made in Heaven" by way of "They Live" is also the screwiest movie Matt Damon has been in since, what, "Dogma?"

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Unfortunately, the fantasy-thriller they're in eventually falls apart, becoming a much sillier, less substantial movie than its lead actors deserve.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Ultimately it's not the lives of the characters that need adjusting here. It's the story itself.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    You outsmart the movie way too soon.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Its fun first hour soon gives way to a leaden, expository approach that unwisely favors emotional stakes over speculative-fiction smarts.

    Variety Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    It's a clever idea that, around the mid-point, stumbles into absurdity as the movie itself makes too many lunatic choices.

    Time Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Sometimes, a strong premise makes for a weak movie, which ends up drowning in its own clever conceit.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Two movies for the price of one, though only one of them-a fragmented romance within a ponderous parable-qualifies as a bargain.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    A movie where the action scenes feel like filler, the romantic leads have little magnetism, and, before long, its metaphysical underpinnings fall to pieces.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    A stupid waste of time and talent, but it might be just what his (Damon) fans are waiting for.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    So despite fine acting and swift pacing and well-managed effects, it falls apart.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    As in Christopher Nolan's Inception, the premise is so mind-boggling and fraught with implications that it tends to obviate the action mechanics of the last couple reels.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    The so-called Plan is derailed!

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Denby

    Strange, empty movie, a metaphysical Cracker Jack box without a prize in its empty-calorie depths.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    It's too little premise stretched over too much movie, and while the cast gives it their all, Nolfi's characterless direction only makes the movie feel that much slighter.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    Maddeningly repetitious.

    Movieline Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    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.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    What Dick rendered potent, Nolfi renders preposterous.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    There's a startling moment 10 or 15 minutes into The Adjustment Bureau - the only time, really, when the film achieves any level of surprise. The dispiriting dullness of this dreary misfire hasn't had time to settle in and thicken: The movie hasn't yet revealed its utter and thorough ineptitude.

    Miami Herald Full Review
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