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Equilibrium

In a future dystopia, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug. Emotional displays are a death-penalty crime, and offenders are rooted out by a police force that includes John Preston -- till he skips his medication.
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Netflix Rating: 3.8
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 37%
Critics' score: 37   Audience score: 82   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Equilibrium is equal parts video game and GQ fashion spread. full review

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

Matrixian, Orwellian, and boneheadian. full review

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

This inventive, low-budget science-fiction movie stands on its own, from its bracing, ingenious fight sequences to its literate roots in dystopian fiction.

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic

Borrows from so many literary and cinematic sources that this future world feels absolutely deja vu.

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

It's super- violent, super-serious and super-stupid. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

A dull, somnambulant exercise in pretension whose pervasive quiet is broken by frequent outbursts of violence and noise. full review

Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee

Dour and charmless. full review

Jan Stuart, Newsday

Giggling at the absurdities and inconsistencies is part of the fun. But the talented cast alone will keep you watching, as will the fight scenes. full review

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle

It doesn't do a lot of deep thinking, but unlike many futuristic combos of sf and f/x, it does make a statement: Freedom of opinion is a threat to totalitarian systems. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

It's a long way from Orwell's dark, intelligent warning cry [1984] to the empty stud knockabout of Equilibrium, and what once was conviction is now affectation. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Just because it's a good idea doesn't mean it's easy to do well. full review

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

A movie that could be stupider only if it were longer. full review

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times

Illiterate, often inert sci-fi action thriller.

Jonathan Foreman, New York Post

Equilibrium the movie, as opposed to the manifesto, is really, really stupid. full review

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

A moderately entertaining cautionary tale. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

A science-fiction pastiche so lacking in originality that if you stripped away its inspirations there would be precious little left. full review

Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times

What it lacks in originality it makes up for in intelligence and B-grade stylishness. full review

Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News

If there was a solitary new idea or actual emotion in Equilibrium, the Prozium must have rendered me oblivious. full review

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

An unsophisticated sci-fi drama that takes itself all too seriously. full review

Dennis Harvey, Variety

Silly stuff, all mixed up together like a term paper from a kid who can't quite distinguish one sci-fi work from another.

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
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  • Release Year: 2002
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Available From: Oct 02, 2012
  • Queued by: 2442 people
Directed By
Kurt Wimmer
Cast
Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson, Angus Macfadyen, Sean Bean, Matthew Harbour, William Fichtner, Dominic Purcell, Sean Pertwee, Francesco Cabras
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