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Jupiter Ascending

Sci-Fi . Adventure . Action . Fantasy . Science Fiction

In a universe where human genetic material is the most precious commodity, an impoverished young Earth woman becomes the key to strategic maneuvers and internal strife within a powerful dynasty…

Actors: Nicholas A. Newman , Christina Cole , Nikki Amuka-Bird , Tuppence Middleton , Douglas Booth , Eddie Redmayne , Sean Bean , Channing Tatum , Mila Kunis , Ramon Tikaram
Directors: Andy Wachowski , Lana Wachowski
Release: 2015-02-06
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  • Alonso Duralde

    Who cares if the story is occasionally impenetrable or if some gags land with a thud when the thrills and the eye candy keep coming at such a breathless pace? Jupiter Ascending doesn’t break the new ground that the Wachowskis have managed in the past...but the film never slacks in its efforts to wow us.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Fast, frequently teetering on the cusp of the ridiculous, and eye-poppingly pretty, Jupiter Ascending is a wicked slice of entertainment, and a heck of an antidote to the typical February box-office blahs.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Richard Edwards

    Both visually and in the action stakes, Jupiter Ascending could give pretty much any space movie a run for its money.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A film very much of its moment, in ways both good and bad. But the important thing is that its virtues are extraordinary, while its flaws are easy to forget because they’re so common.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    It is, in other words, just a few musical numbers and a whiff of marijuana smoke short of being the Thomas Pynchon book of big-budget, effects-driven movie sci-fi.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    The movie's a fascinating mess, grand and gaudy, often hilarious.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    A beautiful muddle.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Jupiter Ascending feels like a truncated, Cliffs Notes version of something that might have worked a lot better as a mini-series. Two hours is too short for this tale and the end result suffers greatly because of that restriction.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    It’s all very chaotic and entertaining, like a bizarre cult sci-fi TV show that somehow survived a threat of mid-season cancellation.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    This is one mad mess from start to finish... But the sheer ambition is impossible to ignore, and the sense of fun is infectious: you may fear for your sanity during Jupiter Ascending, but you’ll come out smiling.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Joe McGovern

    Jupiter Ascending’s early cleverness dries up quickly, especially when Kunis is offscreen, leaving us with just another incoherent sci-fi spectacle.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It has the kind of jumbled, pseudo-spectacular, overdecorated digital design that the eye and mind can’t really take in. Individual shots can be gorgeous, but there are just too damn many of them, and the overall experience is the visual equivalent of eating an entire wedding cake. Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    As for Kunis, she gets to wear some out-of-this-world couture, and gets to make her entrance at a marriage ceremony on a floating dais, kind of like Katy Perry at the Super Bowl.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    I enjoyed this movie more than the last two films from the Wachowskis, the interminable "Cloud Atlas" and "Speed Racer." On the other hand, "The Matrix" it's not.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    With its nods to the original “Star Trek” and David Lynch’s proto-steampunk hallucination “Dune,” it seduces the eye with filigreed flourishes even as the mind reels from some of the mildewy storytelling.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Jupiter Ascending is best during its purely visual moments, of which there are many... All of which makes it a shame that the only sense the Wachowskis can count on is their visual one.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    An instant candidate for the so-bad-it’s-sort-of-great hall of fame, Jupiter Ascending is totally bonkers, a sort of black-velvet-Elvis mash-up of “Star Wars’’ and every other sci-fi/fantasy movie of the past half-century right up to “The Hunger Games.”

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The movie doesn't really work, but the jet boots would be the envy of Iron Man, and they allow our hero, unwisely named Caine Wise, to speedskate through the air, leaving pretty little trails of light over downtown Chicago.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Chris Klimek

    Though it strives mightily to compete in every category, it’s not as funny as Guardians, as awe-inspiring as Interstellar, as thrilling as Edge Of Tomorrow, or as provocative as Under The Skin.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    It's blandly, often listlessly bad, check-the-blockbuster-boxes bad, just-out-of-film-school-and-shopping-a-tentpole-screenplay bad. Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Cinema-goers desperately need a fresh, unusual and franchise-free blockbuster to rally behind, but Jupiter Ascending isn’t it.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The Wachowskis never lack for ambition. It's in the execution where they run into trouble.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    Like too much filmed space opera, this is wonderfully imaginative when it comes to costume, art direction, special effects, spaceships and incidental alien creatures but stuck with old-hat character types and a resolutely unspecial storyline. It’s frequently entertaining, but as much for its terrible moments as its inspired touches.

    Empire Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Even with all its familiar action tropes, less-than-fresh special effects and loopy plotting, the most depressing element in the Wachowski siblings' latest sci-fi mash is that, as they conceive it, human society has been around for more than a billion years but is still presided over by a rivalrous British-style royal family that treacherously behaves as if it were the 1550s.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    While the Wachowskis have always put their greatest emphasis on aesthetics, they allow the visual impulse to get the best of them here, investing so much attention in creating unique fashions, technology, architecture and design that they’ve blinded themselves to the huge logical gaps in their own story.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Dazzling to behold yet puny of imagination, the movie takes the “Star Wars” formula — hero myths nicked from Joseph Campbell, cutting-edge visual effects, comic-strip dialogue, goofy-looking aliens — and reduces it to generic Big Box shelf product.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The sci-fi film's reported $175 million budget must have gone largely into loopy production design, wild costumes, outlandish hairstyles and colorful make-up. It certainly didn't go into developing a coherent script or coaching believable performances.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The film is ntermittently inventive in its visual and physical effects, but its politics are unthinking and obvious, a cheap anti-authoritarian tantrum imbedded in an intergalactic action-melodrama.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Channing Tatum is a lot of things, but he’s not a stoic Superman like the role he plays here, which is made more laughable by prosthetic pointy ears.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    An excruciatingly empty chunk of eye candy that spends over two hours trying to convince us they’re not ripping off “Dune.”

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    It seems that Andy and Lana Wachowski have never lost that childlike ability to dream. But they also haven’t mastered the grown-up power to rein it in. The story they tell in Jupiter Ascending could probably occupy an entire television season. There’s way too much here for one movie to hold.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    While the totality of Jupiter Ascending is just too much for its own massive narrative heft to support, kudos to the Wachowskis for beating back against mainstream Hollywood by casting actors of all races and genders in key roles, something they’ve been doing since their 1996 debut "Bound."

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The most frustrating thing about the movie (as with “Cloud Atlas”) is that it could’ve been memorable, had the Wachowskis turned their vision over to more talented storytellers.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    This kind of pandering FX padding, unnurtured by humor or heart, is what shifts Jupiter Ascending from a shambles to a fiasco. In an effort to win back audiences by lowering their standards and their daring, the Wachowskis wind up where you never expected to find them creatively: on the ropes.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    The creators of Jupiter Ascending spent $175 million on special effects and 25 cents on a story. Audiences do not get their money's worth.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Sadly, Jupiter Ascending turns out to be the exact opposite: the worst movie the Wachowskis have ever made.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Talk about lost in space. The whacked-out outer-space melodrama Jupiter Ascending has embedded in its genes the DNA of “Barbarella” and “Flash Gordon,” some dust from “Dune” and even a bit of Michael Jackson’s Disneyland short “Captain Eo.”

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    There is an emptiness that lingers around Jupiter Ascending. From the lack of original thought in its conception to the expensive excess in its execution, the directors' usual bag of tricks can't manage to fill the void.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Heaping derision on such a woeful debut may be tantamount to shooting fossils in a tar pit. Yet this lumbering industrial enterprise, which was written and directed by the Wachowski siblings, Andy and Lana, is bad enough to be granted landmark status.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    There’s no defending Jupiter Ascending. There’s no explaining Jupiter Ascending. There’s no way Jupiter Ascending isn’t making an appearance on my list of the Worst Films of 2015.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
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