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The Adjustment Bureau

action & adventure, drama, romance, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

An action thriller about a man (Matt Damon) who decides to fight the powerful Adjustment Bureau, risking his political future to be with the only woman he's ever loved (Emily Blunt).

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 14
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Sci-fi/romance hybrid mixes plot twists, serious themes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this twist romance wrapped up in a sci-fi thriller tackles some complicated themes -- i.e. who controls our fate? -- that might be too overwhelming for tweens and younger. The way the movie addresses them is also pretty tricky to follow, though it's sure to spur some mind-bending questions. Expect some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k") and a few scenes with drinking, as well as one relatively tame love scene. There are also tense chase sequences, fistfights, and a shocking car accident.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie compares to other thrillers. Is it more or less scary and violent? Which is harder for you to watch -- tense scenes or violent ones? Why?
  • What is the movie saying about people's fate? Do you agree? Do we control our own destinies, or is life mapped out for us?
  • What do you think of the characters' decisions? What would you give up, if necessary, for love?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: You can feel the influence of classic American movies like "North by Northwest" and "The Graduate" here, and while I won't argue that Nolfi matches those examples, his ambition is admirable.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fresh: A smart, stylish thriller that melds science fiction, romance and Hitchcock-ian intrigue with surprising ease.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, March 4, 2011

Fresh: The on-screen pairing of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt is so winning that you may be willing to overlook the oddly modulating tone of the story that brings them together and then tries to keep them apart.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A spectacular, stylish, thought-provoking and highly entertaining romantic thriller. I loved this movie. It`s smartly paced, character driven and vastly original that dose not go over the limit or try to be more than what it is. It the perfect blend of sci-fi mystery, thrills and romance. It has your attention from the start all the way to the finish and dose not stop to catch its breath. An instant classic. Director, George Nolfi crafts a superb and dazzling genre piece. A sensational masterwork. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt give such terrific performances, their chemistry is passionate, compelling and romantic. They are a screen couple that actually work.

- allan913, Tuesday, January 8, 2013

3 stars

Star-crossed lovers are kept apart by an omniscient bureau because their perfect, fulfilling love will dampen all other desires, including their respective ambitions to attain professional success in politics and DANCE. I don't particularly buy that thesis, nor that the universe wouldn't have better things to do than keep Matt Damon and Emily Blunt apart, but the light chase movie is kinda fun, cutesy, and dangerous but not so dangerous that a happy ending isn't ensured.

- aliceinpunderland, Wednesday, April 24, 2013

4 stars

The Adjustment Bureau is an interesting love-drama that is powered by the chemistry of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. The script is alternative and may not be fully comprehensive to most audiences. But the film is solid and interesting to see. 4.5/5

- fb1442511448, Tuesday, July 23, 2013