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‘Cloud Atlas’ Reviews: What the Critics at the Toronto Film Festival Are Already Saying

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'Cloud Atlas,' the latest and much-anticipated movie from the Wachowski siblings, recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and much like with trailer one and trailer two at, some are completely blown away by the fantastical imagery and others are utterly locked in a state of confusion.

With a total of six story lines that weave together over a time span of centuries, 'Cloud Atlas' was one of those book-adapted film projects that many were convinced could not be translated to the big screen. But, hey, if Tom Hanks can understand what's going on (he called it “one example of cinematic literature that examines the connectedness of the human race throughout all of time”) why can't we?

Still, there were plenty of critics and TFF attendees who were too overcome by the mental gymnastics to have any appreciation for the work. For one, Gaurdian critic Henry Barnes wrote in what is quickly being called the famous “2 star 'Cloud Atlas' review” on Twitter, “Tom Hanks sports a variety of noses and Hugh Grant gives us his best body-painted cannibal in this wildly over-reaching and not entirely unsuccessful adaptation of the David Mitchell novel.” All that was missing from that burn was, “Yo' mama.”

Take a look at what some of the critics at the Toronto International Film Festival are saying in the early review for 'Cloud Atlas.'


Devin Faraci (@devincf): I think CLOUD ATLAS is brilliant and amazing and is going to be hated by a lot of people.


Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman6): [Editor's Note: Here's what our critic had to say...] Literally losing sleep over CLOUD ATLAS. Part of me is trying to bully the other half into liking it more.


Cesar Quintero (@CesarQuintero): Wow, Cloud Atlas received a standing ovation, and absolutely earned it. The most epic scifi-period-action-drama. You're gonna love it.


Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty): Blown away by the scale and scope of CLOUD ATLAS. Brilliant on so many levels. Absolutely loved it. #tiff12


Variety (@Variety): REVIEW: "Cloud Atlas" is an intense three-hour mental workout w/ big emotional payoff …


Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider): @AskDebruge says CLOUD ATLAS "functions more like a symphony," which I agree with.


Jeremy Smith (@mrbeaks): Adored CLOUD ATLAS. Deft interweaving of six stories, and sincere as all get out. Might annoy some, but I felt every big emotion was earned.


Chris Bumbray (@cbumbray): CLOUD ATLAS- bold, dynamic and occasionally brilliant. Also divisive to say the least. #TIFF12


Erik Childress (@EriktheMovieman): CLOUD ATLAS is a film that demands patience. Patience that many moviegoers probably don't possess. But it pays off beautifully. #tiff12


Matt Patches (@misterpatches): I think the editing and performances in Cloud Atlas are brilliant. Watching great actors jump from character to character is a joy. #TIFF12


Scotland (@IcebergInkScott): #TIFF12 just got out of CLOUD ATLAS. To fans of the assured they pulled it off. Utterly phenomenal!


Just Jared (@JaredEng): OBSESSED with Cloud Atlas. Biggest mindf--k of a movie but so many storylines beautifully woven together. Can't stop thinking about it!!!


Dear Cast and Crew (@DearCastandCrew): Trying to explain #CloudAtlas to people at #TIFF has been, shall we say, a challenge. Hope the review does a better job (coming soon)...


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