Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Cloud Atlas

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Everything might be connected in Cloud Atlas, but initial reviews show that not everyone is connecting to the movie starring the likes of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Susan Sarandon.

The highly anticipated flick, codirected by Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, and mixed reactions are already starting to surface.

So what do some folks have to say about it? Read on!

  • "Not quite soaring into the heavens, but not exactly crash-landing either, Cloud Atlas is an impressively mounted, emotionally stilted adaptation of British author David Mitchell's bestselling novel, writes Jordan Mintzer of The Hollywood Reporter. "As history repeats itself and the same master vs. slave scenario keeps reappearing, everything gets homogenized into a blandish whole, the impact of each story softened by the constant need to connect the dots."
  • "A unique and beautiful work of film art that dares to dream big in a way we rarely see from either studios or independent sources," notes Drew McWeeny of HitFlix. "Cloud Atlas is one of my very favorite films of the year."
  • "Tom Tykwer and Andy and Lana Wachowski wanted to make a movie unlike any other, and they certainly did: Cloud Atlas is a unique and totally unparalleled disaster," offers Slant Magazine's Calum Marsh.
  • "Every story, character and scene in Cloud Atlas commits to a style. That diversity keeps the swirling maelstrom of a movie in check," states Matt Patches of
  • "As much a curiosity as it is a boldly brilliant adaptation that captures the best moments of Mitchell's novel while improving upon the structure and enhancing the main themes," states's Edward Douglas.
  • "At 163 minutes, Cloud Atlas carries all the marks of a giant folly, and those unfamiliar with the book will be baffled," Henry Barnes of The Guardian points out. "Yet it's hard to wholly condemn the directors' ambition. This is fast-paced and cleverly assembled."

Cloud Atlas hits theaters on Oct. 26.

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