'Looper' Review: Stylish Time-Travel Tale That Loses Race With Clock

For a movie that's concerned with the passage of time, "Looper" allows the pacing to get painfully flaccid in its middle section. More's the pity, because the strong first act promises a smart and stylish movie about the vagaries of time travel.

While the stylish never goes away, the smart does, making this the second Rian Johnson movie in a row (following "The Brothers Bloom," the writer-director's sophomore effort after his Sundance hit debut "Brick") that looks great but meanders while doing it.



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