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100
Edge of Tomorrow is the ultimate metaphor about Tom Cruise's career. You can't kill this guy. He'll just keep coming. And he remains arguably the biggest movie star in the world for a reason. He brings it.
95
A mix of forward-looking sci-fi, classic themes, deft plotting and superb writing and direction, Edge of Tomorrow may be the pure-pleasure blockbuster to beat this Summer.
91
The reason the film works is because it throws everything into the blender and comes up with something new, something that has a great lively sense of wit and humor to it, and it takes the time to fully explore its wild premise fully.
88
The movie has an organic intelligence and a sense that it, too, exists outside of linear time. It seems to be creating itself as you watch it.
88
Liman keeps the action and surprises coming nonstop. OK, the end is a head-scratcher. Until then, Cruise and Blunt make dying a hugely entertaining game of chance.
85
For a film about repetition, Edge of Tomorrow never feels tired or familiar.
80
The pleasure of Edge of Tomorrow is that it's not an action movie first and foremost, but rather a cheeky little puzzle picture in expensive-looking blockbuster drag.
80
A playful and frantic science-fiction twister which mimics the best (Aliens, The Matrix, Groundhog Day) while offering something fresh and - most importantly - thrilling.
80
The breakneck pace leaves little room for meaningful character development... But there's imagination, spectacle and thrills to spare.
80
Crucially, Cruise knows just how to pace Cage's shift from cowardly to courageous. Yes, we get cool effects and impressive machinery. But he and Liman add unexpected humor and genuine tension to the seasonal thrill of blowing stuff up.
75
Edge of Tomorrow covers familiar ground with unexpected wit and economy, and the result is a thoroughly entertaining sci-fi fantasy.
75
At its best, Edge of Tomorrow plays like a tripwire time-travel thriller. As it progresses, though, the built-in repetition can, and does, grow tedious.
70
Edge Of Tomorrow's finale can't live up to what's come before, though that's mostly because what comes before is so rich and unusual, particularly in the middle of a summer blockbuster season that doesn't always value richness or novelty.
70
They might also have called it "Groundhog Day 2," but that wouldn't have conveyed the film's martial frenzy, its fascinating intricacies or the special delights of its borderline-comic tone.
63
Tom Cruise's participation transmutes, as it always does, everything around him, turning the movie's series of false starts, dead ends, and hard lessons into a working metaphor for his own career.
63
Cruise and Blunt have only as much chemistry as the script allows.
63
Cruise and Blunt have a measure of chemistry, however their characters go undeveloped, given short shrift amid the spectacle. But the pulse-pounding action scenes are briskly directed by Doug Liman.
60
The film's Groundhog Day-meets-Independence Day plot is actually pretty genius.
60
Thank heavens, then, for the time-loop gimmick, which sustains a full hour of screen time with enough variations on its gambit to hook you in.
50
Although the humor helps, the Groundhog Day-like repetition gets tedious; it makes you feel more like a hamster than a groundhog - or rather a hamster's wheel, going round and round, over and over again.
40
It is basically deadly serious, and after some moderate knockaboutfun, settles into something pretty dull. Where's the edge?

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