David Edelstein – Minority Report is a fabulous, witty totalitarian nightmare:
It has been a long time since a Spielberg film felt so nimble, so unfettered, so free of self-cannibalizing. When he sheds his pandering mannerisms, he really is one of the most wittily dexterous filmmakers alive, and he gets a fine, focused performance from Cruise, who’s better when you can’t spot him acting.
Thomas Hibbs – Spielberg?s noir implosion:
The promos for Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report tout the film as a thinking man’s noir thriller. It is in fact an overwrought, incoherent, and incredible noir flop. It’s such a failure that one wonders how it could have beaten Lilo and Stich in its opening weekend at the box office.
Yet the film?s great peripeteia or reversal is its hero?s shocking discovery of what every sane person in the world we all live in has known all along, namely that clairvoyance cannot be perfect and that it is unfair and unjust to punish someone for what he has not done and may never do. You?ve got to have an awful lot of faith in the power of your futuristic illusion to try something like that, and of course, Spielberg has got it. Having virtually invented the postmodern movie, he relies on the bargain that he made long ago with his mostly juvenile fans: my movies will give you all the excitement of Hollywood?s days of innocence and more if only you will agree never, ever to expect anything real in them.