The Grade Book: “Edge of Tomorrow”

"Edge of Tomorrow" (2014) - The Grade Book - We Live Film

“Edge of Tomorrow” Outguns Summer’s Superheroes

Plot: Major Cage (Tom Cruise) is forced into battle against alien forces on the beaches of France. The only way to defeat the invaders is to relive the day over and over until a solution is found.

Director: Doug Liman

Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action,

Running Time:  1 hours, 53 minutes

U.S. Release Date: June 6, 2014

MPAA Rating: PG-13




(Lowest Grade: B , Highest Grade: A)

CONSENSUS: Edge of Tomorrow is currently the smartest summer film for mainstream audiences. Fantastic chemistry from Cruise and Blunt plus a mix of Source Code and Groundhog Day makes Edge of Tomorrow a must-see


Critic Reviews for “Edge of Tomorrow”


Gabriel Alcantara

Grade: A

Simply spectacular! A feast for the eyes and an ass-kicking to the rest of your senses. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt blow up the spot with this extremely entertaining and engaging sci-fi adventure that should not be missed. We may have a cult classic in the making.

Tony Estrada

Grade: B

A clever and well-made sci-fi film with amazing performances by Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt made such a great duo for this film. You really cared about them the whole time you’re in this journey. I liked this film, because it was like a video game where you live through the moment, die and repeat it until you get it right.

The action sequences are exhilarating and heart-pounding with fantastic visual effects. The film, in my opinion is very unpredictable. I honestly had a tough time wondering how the film was going to end and what was going to happen next. It definitely kept me very entertained throughout. It kept me at the edge of my seat thanks to the brilliant direction by Doug Liman.

There are issues such as the supporting characters feeling really bland along the actors feeling like they aren’t really trying. The editing in the first act cuts a little too quick, which made it feel choppy. The whole live, die, and repeat element felt a little bit repetitive after a while. I did feel like some of the camerawork with the action sequences were a little too shaky.

Overall, I had a good time with the film. Huge respect to Tom Cruise for always doing his own stunts. It was a clever storyline with a brilliant screenplay. It’s a summer blockbuster worth checking out in the big screen.

Chad Gleason

Grade: B+

The summer is just getting better and better. What a super fun action flick.

Leah Hather

Grade: A

A gripping sci-fi with beautiful cinematography and excellent editing with top notch performances by Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, as always. Not forgetting, the brilliant Bill Paxton who’s performance had me at hello.

Mark Krawczyk

Grade: A-

A well-constructed film whose hook of live, die, repeat does not get old. The chemistry is decent between Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise. The supporting cast is a lot of fun, especially Bill Paxton who you can tell is having too much fun. The action scenes are well done. It is told in such a way that even people who aren’t into sci -fi will enjoy it. It does get a little predictable near the end, but still a lot of fun that is worth the price of admission.

Zachary Marsh

Grade: A

Aside from the ending, I had such a blast with this movie. Tom Cruise is awesome. Emily Blunt is a bad-ass. The action is superb. Even the comedy manages to be pretty hilarious and doesn’t feel forced. The movie even manages to take a concept used in Source Code and Groundhog Day and makes it unique and original, so to speak. Why this film didn’t do that great at the box office is beyond me, because this is the smartest summer blockbuster I’ve seen this year so far. Not the best, though, but that could all change upon multiple viewings.

Matt Marshall

Grade: A-

Even with generic tentacled aliens wreaking havoc, there’s still a powerful human element at Edge of Tomorrow’s heart. Subsequently, Edge of Tomorrow works harder than any other film this summer to raise the bar. 

Austin Putnam

Grade: A

This is not Oblivion 2. What we have here is an original sci-fi film that also happens to be a kick-ass summer block buster.

Bryan Sudfield

Grade: A

An original sci-fi movie that happens to be one of the best sci-fi movies I’ve ever seen, it really is. It’s honestly hard to decide if I liked this more than Days of Future Past. This is one of my favorite films of the year. Please people…. go see this. It’s that great.


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