Chaos Walking

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, 22% 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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    Barry HertzGlobe and Mail
    For any filmmaker contemplating their own YA franchise, Chaos Walking is an instructive anti-manual. For the rest of us, it's just noise.
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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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    Richard CrouseRichard Crouse
    Chaos Walking has ideas that feel ripe for satire, social commentary and drama but squanders them in favor of crafting a tepid young adult friendly dystopian story.
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    Tim BraytonAlternate Ending
    The longer Chaos Walking goes, the more of a catastrophe the story becomes.
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    Aaron NeuwirthWe Live Entertainment
    A half-hearted attempt to fill out this world with characters and ideas serving as a setup for future stories while telling a primary narrative that's never engaging enough.
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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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