Elysium
Elysium (2013)

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 17, 2013
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: After the heady sci-fi thrills of District 9, Elysium is a bit of a comedown for director Neill Blomkamp, but on its own terms, it delivers just often enough to satisfy.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

Any thematic audacity is snuffed out by action sequences that you can now buy at Dollar General.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The action is bludgeoning.

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Bryan Bishop
The Verge

Neill Blomkamp has created a beautifully designed and realized world. If only he'd spent half as much time focusing on the people that inhabit it.

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Matthew Kassel
New York Observer

Like Max, the movie has to keep moving, and Mr. Blomkamp lets you fill in the gaps yourself as it progresses. Or not.

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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

A cautionary tale about the dangers of squandering resources that wastes its own talent.

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

With "Elysium," Blomkamp not only fills the film with enough exciting action to make it fly by, but he also provides an interesting commentary on the continuing division of classes, turning it into something more than your average monotonous action flick.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Though Elysium is a testament to Blomkamp's extraordinary skill as a visual filmmaker, it does not speak nearly so well for his gifts as a writer.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

If Elysium is an example of how recession-era Hollywood intends to dramatize the rift between the haves and the have-nots, let's hope the studios don't also bring back Smell-O-Rama.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

While not the slam-dunk that his first film was, Neill Blomkamp has created a compelling vision of a wealth-dominated future.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I love Matt Damon. I love Sci-fi. Not sure I like them together, however. Didn't hate this, but I sure wouldn't recommend it. Not all his fault,… More
Phil Hubbs
What starts out as quite a grounded realistic take on the future quickly descents into the kind of action flick you'd half expect to see Arnie in about 20… More
Al S
A tremendously entertaining and spectacular masterpiece. Director, Neil Blomkamp follows up his triumphant, District 9 with this scorching and head-spinning new… More
Clintus Maximus
Communism has been tried, and it didn't work. That's the principal message I'd like to get across to the makers and stars of this film. All the… More
Albert Kim
After the wildly refreshing "District 9", Neil Blomkamp's back to bring yet another gritty vision of a dystopian future ala "Elysium".… More
Wildaly M
It was just okay. I didn't it was as amazing as it could have been.