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Cloud Atlas Synopsis
As souls are born and reborn, they renew their connections to one another throughout the ages.
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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...
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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...
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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 -...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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A channel surfer's delight

By RandytheMovieFan
Didn't read the book so the zig-zigging through 6 very different story lines was befuddling at first, but eventually got the hang of it. I was surprised that the 6 stories had so little or nothing to...

Ambitious, Flawed, but worthwhile

By dmdouek
Cloud Atlas is one of the most (if not THE most) grandly ambitious movie I have ever seen. Sure it has flaws - it can drag at times, some of the dialogue is corny, some of the makeup is jarring - but...

Connected through the ages

By GrammyMelody
Cloud Atlas is possibly the most exciting, epic movie my husband and I have seen in years. We are so glad that we went! It really made us think about connection, love, and basic human values that...

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By dglewis856
This was the most powerful movie for inspiring human thought, spirituality and the enlightenment and connectivity of US ALL! It provoked dead silence of continuing thought in my theater ... and for...

Go see!

By trendynewatrocity
This is an absolutely breathtaking film. Overall it stayed true to the book, with some slight changes to make the story more coherent on the screen. Cinematography was absolutely breathtaking. I...

An Elaborately Disconnected (Connecting) Plot. Slowly Entertaining Enough.

By Alon Patterson
If you have trouble sitting for long periods, prepare yourself. This runs nearly three hours without intermission, so think twice about showing up an hour early to get a good seat, that is of...

Amazing Movie!

By DebiShaw
My husband and I just got home from this amazing movie. We truly enjoyed it as we enjoy thoughtful and thought provoking movies. There was plenty of action and gore for those simply into violence...

3-hr cinematic treat

By szlevi
3 hours and I wasn't bored for a second while watching this cinematic treat, with never-stopping adventures... it is not an action movie, it's an old-fashion alternative future/reality-themed...

Cloud Atlas mesmerizes!

By loulu_10
Hubby and I both LOVED this flick. The acting, makeup and costumes of Cloud Atlas are outstanding. Fantastic script. I can't wait to go back to the theatre and see this movie again! And did I...

6 stories interweave, but there is no climactic point.

By Nacho Baggo
I was hoping the stories would climax at one special moment, but that wasn't the case with me. The underlying theme was fate and the courage to not take the easy road but to do what is right. Very...

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Rated R | For Violence, Language, Some Drug Use and Sexuality/Nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Enormous scale and spectacle, but weak characters, story.
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