Friday sees the release of the ambitious "Cloud Atlas."
Adapted from David Mitchell's ambitious novel, sci-fi vets Andy and Lana Wachowski ("The Matrix"), along with Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") were charged with bringing the story to the silver screen. The starstudded cast -- Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Sturgess, and Susan Sarandon -- all do double duty (hexa-duty?) as they play out six story lines, which span time and space.
"Cloud Atlas" was said to be "unfilmable" so now that it jumped over the centuries-spanning hurdle and made it to the big screen, how are the critics responding? Take a look at our round-up below!
Joe Neumaier (New York Daily News)
For all its strengths, the film is cursed by an ADD-style structure and a flashy but <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/movie-review-gloud-atlas-article-1.1192126">inevitably ineffective casting stunt</a>.
Glenn Kenny (MSN Movies)
It's kind of astonishing that for all its ambition and accomplishment, and for the ostensibly subversive philosophy it pushes, "Cloud Atlas" <a href="http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-critic-reviews/cloud-atlas/">ends up being just another platitudinous overblown pummel-you-into-submission movie-machine</a>.
A.O. Scott (New York Times)
This is by no means the best movie of the year, <a href="http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/10/26/movies/cloud-atlas-from-lana-and-andy-wachowski-and-tom-tykwer.html?smid=tw-nytimesmovies&seid=auto&_r=1&">but it may be the most movie you can get for the price of a single ticket</a>.
Kyle Smith (New York Post)
It isn't <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/cloud_atlas_review_3IQb703vmfo4HNdpBXcLHM?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=Movies">as complicated as it thinks</a>.
Karina Longworth (L.A. Weekly)
One man's ambitious, iconoclastic, like-nothing-ever-before-seen passion project is <a href="http://blogs.laweekly.com/arts/2012/09/cloud_atlas_review_the_wachows.php">another man's Battlefield Earth</a>.
J. R. Jones (Chicago Reader)
An incomprehensible mess, held together only by the elaborate stunt of <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/cloud-atlas/Film?oid=7611146">having the same actors play wildly divergent roles in each story</a>.
Moira MacDonald (Seattle Times)
There are moments when it works wonderfully, <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/movies/2019520468_mr26cloud.html?syndication=rss">but too many where it feels overlong and ponderous</a>.
Owen Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly)
Cloud Atlas is a <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20483133_20620040,00.html">cornily enthralling sci-fi kaleidoscope</a>.
Alonso Duralde (The Wrap)
It's a puzzle I enjoyed piecing together, but when each tale came to a close and built up to what was intended to be a soaring, emotional climax, <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/cloud-atlas-review-bends-brain-without-touching-heart-62026">I felt no flutter in the chest or tingle up my spine</a>.
Rex Reed (New York Observer)
A trash heap of rubber noses and implausible high school accents <a href="http://observer.com/2012/10/rex-reed-david-mitchell-wachowski-tom-hanks-cloud-atlas/">that give new meaning to the word</a> "pretentious."
Nick Pinkerton (Village Voice)
There is a great deal of humbug about art and love in Cloud Atlas, but it is decidedly unlovable, and if you want to learn something about feeling, <a href="http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-10-24/film/cloud-atlas-film-review/">you're at the wrong movie</a>.
Christy Lemire (Associated Press)
A bloated, pseudo-intellectual, self-indulgent slog through some notions<a href="http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/movies/175477941.html?refer=y"> that are really rather facile</a>.
Keith Uhlich (Time Out New York)
These disparate tales have been listlessly smashed together in <a href="http://www.timeout.com/us/film/cloud-atlas">the hopes that something substantial will emerge</a>.
David Edelstein (New York Magazine)
The cast comes off like a third-rate stock company on the matinee after the night on which everyone got bombed on mescal (and possibly mescaline).
Peter Debruge (Variety)
An intense three-hour mental workout rewarded<a href="http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117948250/"> with a big emotional payoff</a>.