Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Oblivion Looks Great, But Its Story Meanders

Plus, In the House is creepy and witty.

by | April 18, 2013 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got only one wide release: the post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. What do the critics have to say?



Can a movie get by on good looks alone? Critics say Oblivion is visually striking but narratively thin, a thoughtful sci-fi head trip that starts strong but gets bogged down by its murky storyline. While working as a repairman on an abandoned, post-Apocalyptic Planet Earth, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) discovers that he’s not alone — and that everything he knows has been a lie. The pundits say Cruise’s strong performance helps to enliven the proceedings, but Oblivion is largely derivative of other, better sci-fi films. (Check out this week’s 24 Frames and Total Recall features for more on post-apocalyptic movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Finally, props to Emilio Rodriguez and Kadeem Stewart for coming the closest to guessing Scary Movie 5‘s five percent Tomatometer.

Tag Cloud

Summer 2016 NYCC GIFs Superheroes talk show Creative Arts Emmys Lifetime Lionsgate Fantasy Fall TV sitcom technology biography Musical Country adventure CNN Spring TV TCA Set visit Logo Syfy Election IFC USA Lucasfilm ratings PaleyFest FXX aliens 45 Esquire justice league Pirates See It Skip It HBO composers Christmas ESPN Interview docudrama discovery historical drama crime drama Spike transformers Mystery Ghostbusters ITV what to watch Comedy Central 007 Kids & Family Calendar thriller RT History Cosplay political drama GoT DC Comics Food Network Best and Worst Cartoon Network singing competition Premiere Dates Freeform CBS Tomatazos First Look FOX YouTube Red psycho Bravo YA Writers Guild of America cops Star Wars Shondaland social media Superheroe Western boxoffice TruTV Grammys 20th Century Fox science fiction Comic Book Horror Holidays Sci-Fi travel AMC cinemax Super Bowl DirecTV Ellie Kemper Star Trek ABC Sneak Peek Paramount Fox News Awards Disney Britbox Opinion vampires CW Seed OWN IFC Films Disney Channel President romance serial killer binge Thanksgiving Sundance X-Men Marvel Box Office period drama DC Universe BBC comiccon E3 Musicals LGBTQ TLC Podcast Rocky Teen TIFF The CW Nat Geo Rock Extras APB Mindy Kaling American Society of Cinematographers GLAAD Paramount Network Dark Horse Comics 24 frames Valentine's Day Infographic Nominations Rom-Com Reality police drama BBC America robots Comedy Red Carpet Showtime based on movie Crackle Watching Series Sundance Now Winners Action Sony Pictures Pixar Martial Arts cults golden globes unscripted TCM crime cooking Music 21st Century Fox Schedule VICE Marathons TV Land CBS All Access medical drama Countdown dceu Starz Trailer WGN SundanceTV Biopics MSNBC SDCC war BET Toys The Arrangement dramedy Amazon Mary Tyler Moore E! Pop Reality Competition Netflix 2015 Masterpiece Oscars Photos Adult Swim Nickelodeon zombie History Video Games Animation Trivia A&E crime thriller Year in Review El Rey Tumblr diversity MTV Emmys harry potter Acorn TV Drama VH1 CMT Winter TV Warner Bros. ABC Family sports Certified Fresh spy thriller dc USA Network TNT TCA 2017 politics FX DC streaming service PBS Character Guide NBC supernatural 2017 cats TBS Universal Hulu Polls and Games TV Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt