Los Angeles Times - 06/21/2002
"...[The film] gives actress Samantha Morton a chance to give a harrowing performance that touches a raw emotional nerve..."
USA Today - 06/21/2002
"...Hollywood's first teaming of Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg delivers the goods and then some....It's as topical as movies get..."
New York Times - 06/21/2002
"...A muscular and dense exercise of skill and verve..."
Rolling Stone - 07/25/2002
"...It's revved up on visionary action, laced with dark humor and powered by a topical idea....Spielberg pulls out every techno trick..."
Total Film - 08/01/2002
"...Spielberg deftly juggles an intricate plot....A blockbuster with brains and a huge amount of daring..."
Box Office - 08/01/2002
"...Max von Sydow is brilliantly smarmy....Samantha Morton gives a primal, gut-wrenching performance..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2002
"...[Spielberg has] become a more nuanced and provocative filmmaker....In the future it's likely to be a cult classic..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 06/21/2002
"...MINORITY REPORT is a triumph -- a film that works on our minds and our emotions. It is a thriller and a human story....Here is a filmmaker at the top of his form..."
Total Film - 07/01/2006
"[T]his is Cruise flying on semi-serious juice...[with] a dash of substance in a darkly conceptual sci-fi."
Empire - 06/01/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's Spielberg delivering his trademark elegant excitement...it's in the spaces between the spectacle that film really scores..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Superstar Tom Cruise gives his "most potent action performance" (David Ansen, Newsweek) in director Steven Spielberg's Minority Report.
For six years, Washington D.C. has been murder free thanks to astounding technology which identifies killers before they commit their crime. But when the chief of the Precrime Unit (Cruise) is himself accused of a future murder, he has just 36 hours to discover who set him up - or he'll fall victim to the "perfect" system he helped create. It's a mind-blowing action thriller that's such an achievement it "reminds us why we go to the movies in the first place" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).
The science-fiction thriller MINORITY REPORT, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise, is based on a short story by renowned writer Philip K. Dick. In the year 2054, in Washington, D.C., murder has been eliminated thanks to Precrime, a program that uses the visions of three psychics, called Precogs (an abbreviation for precognitive thinkers), to arrest and imprison would-be murderers before they have a chance to kill. Tom Cruise plays John Anderton, a Precrime enforcer who believes in the system for his own personal reasons--years back his young son was abducted, and he has dealt with the loss by becoming a high-strung Precrime officer. The director of Precrime (Max von Sydow) is eager to take the program national, and feels threatened by an ambitious federal agent (Colin Farrell) who is bent on finding a flaw in the system. When Anderton finds himself accused of the future murder of a man he's never met, his faith in Precrime is instantly shaken. He goes on the run, and is trailed by the relentless Precrime police. In the tradition of BLADE RUNNER (also based on a Dick story), MINORITY REPORT is a dark, brooding vision of the future. Spielberg expertly mixes thrilling chase and suspense sequences (the best of which involves Anderton being pursued by eye-scanning mechanical spiders) and stunning special effects with a challenging look at society's willingness to sacrifice privacy and the notion of free will for convenience and security. MINORITY REPORT is a thought-provoking and exciting film that ranks with Spielberg's best.