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Rated PG-13 · 105 minutes · 2011

Romance, Science fiction, Thriller
There’s an interesting idea at the core of The Adjustment Bureau. It’s loosely based on a Philip K. Dick short story, and he’s the genius responsible for mind-bending tales that led to great films like Total Recall, Blade Runner, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly. Writer-director George Nolfi has adapted Dick’s story, and while it’s certainly an ambitious undertaking, the resultant movie is a mess suffering from an identity crisis, with performers seemingly uncertain about what kind of movie they are laboring in. Matt Damon plays a politician who finds out that everyone’s life paths are being monitored by some sort of secret society. These hat-wearing guardians have some superpowers, and they don’t want him messing around with a girl he met (Emily Blunt), because he’s supposed to be president some day. The whole thing winds up being silly and sloppy.


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Official Site: www.theadjustmentbureau.com
Director: George Nolfi
Producer: Bill Carraro, Michael Hackett, Chris Moore, George Nolfi, Isa Hackett and Jonathan Gordon
Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Michael Kelly, Terence Stamp, Gregory Lay, Lauren Hodges, Anthony Ruivivar, Fabrizio Brienza, Jessica Keller, Jon Stewart, Chuck Scarborough, James Carville and Mary Matalin

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Portland Mercury Fate Accomplice The Adjustment Bureau is The Notebook with better haberdashery. by Jamie S. Rich 03/03/2011
Creative Loafing Atlanta Fates conspire against The Adjustment Bureau Sci-fi adaptation suggests that Hollywood still doesn't know Dick by Curt Holman 03/02/2011
Chicago Reader Philip K. Dick, Adjusted Philip K. Dick's conceptual sci-fi fable gets retrofitted into the latest Matt Damon actioner. by J.R. Jones 03/10/2011
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Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, March 4 Whether you're in the mood for a step back into the '80s or to see a cartoon lizard with Johnny Depp's voice, it's all at the movies. by James Ady 03/04/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Tempting fate: The Adjustment Bureau This film wants to stow a lesson at the center of its suspense, which often is a recipe for heavy-handedness. Here, there's a deft touch at play. by Scott Renshaw 03/03/2011
NUVO Ed reviews: 'The Adjustment Bureau' Despite too muck yakking in the last 20 minutes, the film is a pleasing love story wrapped in enjoyable sci-fi hoodoo. by Ed Johnson-Ott 03/04/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Adjustment Bureau, Beastly, Rango, Biutiful 03/03/2011
East Bay Express The Adjustment Bureau Even Philip K. Dick's name is no guarantee. by Kelly Vance 03/02/2011
The Coast Halifax The Adjustment Bureau needs a few tweaks With a screenplay that only scratches the surface, a few questions are left unanswered. by Matt Semansky 03/10/2011
Charleston City Paper The Adjustment Bureau too long-winded to be effective

The Adjustment Bureau is a conceptual thriller, a kind of meat-and-potatoes, clunky brain twister in Inception-mode.

by Felicia Feaster 03/02/2011
Indy Week The Adjustment Bureau is a charming but flawed Philip K. Dick adaptation Instead of exploring the themes of destiny and choice, writer-director George Nolfi constructs a giant hamster maze designed to test the lengths two crazy kids will go to find true love. by Neil Morris 03/02/2011

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