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The result, according to reviews, feels familiar and is (naturally) repetitive, but it's also action-packed fun that slyly sends up Cruise's heroic screen persona.
The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips calls "Edge of Tomorrow" both "insanely derivative" and "frenetically enjoyable." Liman, he adds, "has engineered exactly what Cruise's character refers to in the prologue: a 'large mechanized invasion,' with a 3-D up-charge. I'm not sure 'Edge of Tomorrow' holds much repeat viewing potential among teenage movie consumers, since the movie's a self-repeating entity to begin with. But once is fun."
USA Today's Claudia Puig says the movie is "an inventive mash-up" that benefits from Blunt being on board as Cruise's "action-hero equal." The two leads "have a measure of chemistry, however their characters go undeveloped, given short shrift amid the spectacle," Puig continues. "But the pulse-pounding action scenes are briskly directed," and the "unrelenting spin cycle is leavened with humor."
Jake Coyle of the Associated Press says the movie puts Cruise's action-star persona "into a phantasmagorical blender. … Dying again and again, Cruise has rarely been so likable." The film "entertains in its narrative playfulness," like fellow sci-fi puzzlers
The Wrap's Alonso Duralde also finds the film derivative — "viewers will pick out plot elements from 'Groundhog Day,' 'Starship Troopers,'
L.A. Weekly's Amy Nicholson calls "Edge" "a classic war movie crossbred with a Looney Tune." She adds, "The Wile E. Coyote fatalities are fun, but it's that repetitive moment of horror that holds this bipolar stunt together: Cruise, bug-eyed and gasping for breath, as he shakes off his fear and grimly prepares for the next suicide mission."
Although "'Edge of Tomorrow' carries itself like a groundbreaking blockbuster," Nicholson says, it's also "the rare summer shoot-'em-up that understands the fragility of life."