Lisa Schwarzbaum
July 12, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Minority Report (Film)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
Wide Release Date
06/21/02
performer
Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Spencer Treat Clark, Kathryn Morris, Tim Blake Nelson, Peter Stormare, Max von Sydow
director
Steven Spielberg
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Jon Cohen, Scott Frank
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B

Tom Cruise runs his star machinery energetically in this elusive, futuristic thriller as a kind of sleek police chief who, tipped off by fluid-borne human psychics (none more gifted than that played by Samantha Morton), can see a homicide before it happens and avert the precrime by arresting the pre-perp. Minority Report is a meditation on free will and parenthood in a Big Brother-type society — as well as a bookend to ”A.I. Artificial Intelligence” — from Steven Spielberg, who continues to be led in midlife to dark, hard crannies of dystopia and art by the spirit of the late Stanley Kubrick.

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