'Cloud Atlas' Reviews: Some Love It, Some Loathe It, But Everyone's Confused By It (VIDEO)

cloud atlasCloud Atlas, the new $100 million movie starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, hit theaters at midnight and is vying with Argo to bring home the most money this weekend at the box office. Interested in checking it out? You've seen the commercials for it, you've seen Tom Hanks on a number of talk shows this week promoting it, and now, maybe you're thinking about seeing it. But before you brave the crowds and buy a ticket, check out these Cloud Atlas reviews.

Some people loved it, some people loathed it, and some people have no idea what they just saw.


Rolling Stone's Peter Travers gives it 2.5 stars out of 4:

Like [David Mitchell's 2004 novel, Cloud Atlas], the laudable attempt is to show we're all connected. But audiences may only unite in their confusion. At one point, Hanks -- playing what I believe is a tattooed Polynesian tribesman of the future -- pleads in pidgin English, "Tell me the true true." OK, then. For all the spectacular settings and visionary designs, Cloud Atlasleft me feeling disconnected. Sad. But that's the true true.

Tom Long of the Detroit News liked it, a lot:

The sheer orchestration of this film -- all the storylines go on at once, with the camera bounding between centuries and characters -- is a wonder ... In the end, "Cloud Atlas" is exciting, exhausting and energizing, a brazen film that leaves somber cinema seeming too passive for its own good. This is a movie as big as life itself.

Paul Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor is no fan:

David Mitchell’s notoriously unfilmable 500-plus-page 2004 novel, "Cloud Atlas," has, inevitably, been filmed, and by no less than Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") and siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski ("The Matrix" movies). The result is maddening, exasperating, occasionally exhilarating -- and mostly boring.

Anne Hornaday of the Washington Post likes it, mostly.

At its best ... “Cloud Atlas” represents just the kind of nerve and ingenuity that movies so desperately need these days. As a hymn to mutability -- human and cinematic -- “Cloud Atlas” reaches for the high notes and hits them often enough.

And Peter Keough of the Boston Phoenix sums it up as:

The most disappointing film of the year ... [but] the film does make for an impressive visual spectacle, and showcases some of your favorite stars ... each playing up to a half dozen wildly disparate roles. Watch as they switch races, genders, and hairpieces while slathered in latex and prosthetics; you might want to stick around until the end credits to see who's who.

There you have it, folks. As of now, it's got 60 percent positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Ouch.

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