Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the ground-breaking comic book series which… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 21, 2017
DVD Release Date: November 21, 2017
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets uses sheer kinetic energy and visual thrills to overcome narrative obstacles and offer a viewing experience whose surreal pleasures often outweigh its flaws.

Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News

You don't watch The Fifth Element for its storytelling, you watch it for its joyous, ridiculous sense of place and style, and that's doubly true for Valerian -- a movie that isn't nearly as memorable, but that works just fine as a tribute.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Utterly unreal space story from Luc Besson (he of The Fifth Element fame), who seems to have watched James Cameron's Avatar and decided he could make it sillier, more scattered, and less emotionally engaging.

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Rob Gonsalves

...great-looking but awful.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

You come away admiring the effort while lamenting the execution, but swinging and missing is always better than not swinging at all.

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Brian Lowry

If nothing else, those who lament Hollywood's over-reliance on special effects have a shiny new example of such excess by way of Europe, situated in a faraway galaxy that mostly makes one yearn to escape into the sunlight of planet Earth.

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Robert Martin

After a brilliant opening sequence and some beautiful early scenes set on the planet Mul with is stunningly realised Pearl people, things speed up like a formula one race and never let up.

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Thelma Adams
New York Observer

A ripe visual adventure of limitless imagination hamstrung by an undercooked plot propelled by lackluster heroes.

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James Berardinelli

As a complete motion picture experience, it falls considerably short.

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Rob Lowman
Los Angeles Daily News

The real attractions are Bresson's dizzying special effects, hosts of bizarre alien creatures and colorful worlds. Too bad the visuals weren't tethered to something more solid.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
I used to wonder while growing up how it is that obviously well done films were ignored by the audiences of their time, and perhaps this work provides at least… More
KJ Proulx
Crazy is the best way to describe Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but not in a good way. Director Luc Besson has been all over the map in terms of… More
JY Skacto
Luc Besson goes style over substance in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Blasting in well over 2 hours, the film meanders around from start to… More
Nate Zoebl
Watching the trailers for French maverick Luc Besson's latest, the sci-fi opus Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, I was wondering where it would… More
Jens S.
The first five minutes of this Sci-Fi adventure are genius,establishing the setting we are taken to for over two hours. After that, things get pretty trippy.… More
Luke Andrews
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a beautiful mess. That oxymoron is the best way to describe this space opera, a sub-genre that itself needs some… More