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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Damon’s everyman workhorse is tragically sympathetic, plodding ahead against all odds. Copley is brilliant as the sadistic villain. Foster is … well, you gotta see it to believe it. In the meantime, you’ll be treated to one of the most entertaining action films of the year.
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83

The Playlist

By Kevin Jagernauth
With Elysium, Blomkamp has made good on the promise of "District 9" and proven that working on a bigger canvas doesn't mean compromising on smarts or aspirations to deliver tentpole sized stories with a thoughtful backbone.
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80

Empire

By Kim Newman
Not perfect, but a much more satisfying Earth-in-ruins film than Oblivion or After Earth. It is a little more conventional than District 9 (what isn’t?), but confirms Blomkamp as one of the potential science-fiction greats of this decade.
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80

The New Yorker

By Anthony Lane
At last, a good big film. The legacy of the summer, thus far, has been jetsam: moribund movies that lie there, bloated and beached, gasping to break even. But here is something angry and alive: Elysium.
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80

Variety

By Scott Foundas
Even working within a more conventional framework, Blomkamp again proves to be a superb storyteller. He has a master’s sense of pacing, slowly immersing us into his future world rather than assailing us with nonstop action, and envisioning that world with an architect’s eye for the smallest details.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Like District 9, an allegory of apartheid that took four Oscar nods and put Blomkamp on the map, Elysium delivers sci-fi without dumbing it down. It's a hell-raiser with a social conscience.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The film provides an intelligently imagined future world.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Elysium, the second movie from writer-director Neill Blomkamp, isn’t quite as inventive or fresh as his knockout debut, 2009’s "District 9." But the new picture is cut from the same cloth — furiously exciting sci-fi, carefully considered and loaded with allegories and social commentary.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Decidedly more thought-provoking than most big-studio summer fare.
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75

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
If Elysium is the brainiest Hollywood movie of the summer, it's also the most conflicted one.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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