Chaos Walking

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, 23% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Chaos Walking sets out on a potentially interesting path, but this dystopian adventure badly bungles its premise and limps toward the finish.
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    Mark KermodeKermode & Mayo's Film Review
    It lacks heft, or interest. Absolutely bone-numbingly dull and stupid.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    This device, of course, worked on paper, in the source novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness. But it's appalling on film.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    A semi-competent sci-fi yarn that suffers, if anything, from being too simple in its execution.
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    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Holland and Ridley have all the rapport of two tree trunks, and the deeper dramatic and comedic possibilities of the one-way torrent of intimate thoughts between them goes bafflingly unexplored.
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    John NugentEmpire Magazine
    A disappointment. A premise with much promise has been turned into a bland retread through YA's most familiar faults - despite some bold efforts from Holland, Ridley and Mikkelsen.
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    Oliver JonesObserver
    In our current age of preprocessed film spectacle, there is something strangely pleasing-exciting even-about how profoundly unkempt this all feels, especially for a film on this scale.
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    Dan SareenFlickering Myth
    If nothing else, the feature reflects Liman's true nature as a filmmaker - an eclectic product that may barely be hanging together, but certainly pleases with what's there.
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    Alistair HarknessScotsman
    [T]he film is also catastrophically hampered by the need to dramatise and visualise the audible thought processes of every male character...
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    Dolores QuintanaDolores Quintana
    CHAOS WALKING is CHAOS AS FILMMAKING. It had potential as a YA franchise entry but with bland lead actors/characters and a script that doesn't fully commit to its premise.
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    Edward PorterSunday Times (UK)
    It is a drab collection of fights and chases - a butchered version of the film's source novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
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