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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Cloud Atlas is certainly out to be a ''visionary'' mindbender, but the film's secret is that it's a nimbly entertaining and light-on-its-feet Hollywood contraption, with the actors cast in multiple roles as if playing a game of dress-up.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Despite some weaknesses, a sense gradually emerges in this film- not just an idea, but a strong feeling mixed with an idea - about the dance of good and evil over time.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Unlike "Tree" or "2001," Cloud Atlas offers more answers than it does questions, and by the end of its nearly three-hour running time - which flies by surprisingly fast, all things considered - it feels like the most feverishly expensive late-night college bull session ever. There are glories here, but they fade in the light of day.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
For all the spectacular settings and visionary designs, Cloud Atlas left me feeling disconnected. Sad. But that's the true true.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The cinematography is gorgeous and the makeup amazing, but the story lines are too disconnected.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Cloud Atlas is pop spiritualism, comic-book grandiosity, Zen for dummies. I can't say I didn't enjoy it on some level, but it's not the level of universal wisdom the Wachowskis and Tykwer would have us be on.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This would-be epic is beautifully photographed, elegantly crafted and adventurously cast. Unfortunately, though, it plays like a gargantuan trailer for a movie still to be made.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Not quite soaring into the heavens, but not exactly crash-landing either, Cloud Atlas is an impressively mounted, emotionally stilted adaptation of British author David Mitchell's bestselling novel.
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By Bob Mondello
The directors can make it fluid, comprehensible and gorgeous to look at, but they can't keep what struck many readers as profound on the page, from seeming profoundly obvious on screen, especially when every point gets reiterated six times.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
For all its strengths, the film is cursed by an ADD-style structure and a flashy but inevitably ineffective casting stunt.
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55 out of 100
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