Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to the 1982 Blade Runner film, is out, the reviews are in and it’s looking really good for Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and co. as critics and moviegoers alike are heaping praise on the visually stunning sci-fi flick.
Some critics even called it one of the best sequels of all time — high praise considering the original came out 35 years ago and is still considered one of the best movies ever made.
While the reviews were overwhelmingly positive, there were a few black sheep out there who had issues with the overly complex narrative and length of the movie.
Watch a trailer for the movie below, then browse through our selected reviews.
The “It was nice to look at, but not much else”
Sara Stewart/New York Post
Like the 20-foot-tall ballerina holograms pirouetting through its decrepit Los Angeles streets, “Blade Runner 2049” is hauntingly beautiful, technologically stunning and low on substance.
Jake Coyle/Associated Press
While Blade Runner 2049 is always something to look at, an overly elaborate script and some other bad habits common to today’s sequel machinery – such as glaring product placement – have broken the Blade Runner spell.
The “It was just too long…”
Ty Burr/Boston Globe
Somewhere in “Blade Runner 2049” is a terrific 100-minute movie struggling to get out.
The “It’s a work of genius”
Kenneth Turan/LA Times
Villeneuve and company have cast a powerful and disturbing visual spell, thrusting us into a world compelling enough to get lost in.
Peter Howell/Toronto Star
Blade Runner 2049 is one of the brainiest films to come out of Hollywood in a long while, asking more questions about the meaning of life than it answers.
A. A. Dowd/AV Club
If Blade Runner gave us the world, Blade Runner 2049 has come to fill in the universe.
Less a generational iteration from its precursor than an evolutionary leap.
Jordan Farley/Total Film
An exquisitely crafted sequel that stands shoulder to shoulder with one of the greatest films ever made. Everyone involved is operating at the height of their powers.
And this guy just loved Harrison Ford
Joe Morgenstern/Wall Street Journal
Harrison Ford, for his part, is nothing less than a revelation.
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