(2004)

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Based on 22 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
60
The A.V. Club
Naim directs The Final Cut as if it were the pilot to a TV series: He teases the audience with all sorts of story threads, focuses on a minor self-contained mystery, and leaves the rest for future episodes that will never come.
60
Dallas Observer
A satisfyingly eerie thriller.
50
Entertainment Weekly
Quiet and sleepy.
40
Variety
Striking visuals help, but pic won't make the final cut with either genre fans, who've seen it all and better before, or the arthouse crowd, who will sneer at pic's cliches.
40
L.A. Weekly
The movie becomes so cluttered with concept and design, it fails to get even a toehold on the humanistic subtext it's clearly reaching for. A pallid performance by Mira Sorvino, as Williams' girlfriend and advocate for the fully lived and recorded life, doesn't help.
40
The core of the movie is a satirical political thriller that juxtaposes dual points of view that could be described in cinematic terms as "It's a Wonderful Life" versus "Chinatown." The digressions should have been pared away.
38
Chicago Tribune
Fairly well done but deadly dull futuristic thriller.
30
Muddled and uninteresting.
30
Village Voice
Pressing on in grimly introverted "One Hour Photo" mode, Williams only stirs nostalgia for his slapstick days (ghastly '90s roles notwithstanding)--he's such a natural-born ham he manages to overdo understatement.
30
Cut-and-dried sci-fi thriller.

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