Hugh Jackman's new movie isn't worth remembering, according to first reviews

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Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Hugh Jackman's new film Reminiscence sees the X-Men star as a 'private investigator of the mind' who delves into people's pasts to help them uncover their lost memories.

The sci-fi project comes from the mind of Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy, who has written and directed the movie.

Jackman stars as Nick Bannister, whose unique job gets even more interesting when he takes on a client named Mae (Rebecca Ferguson), whose disappearance leads Nick to uncover a dangerous conspiracy.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

While the premise sounds exciting, early reviews of the film say it's largely forgettable and reminiscent of better movies such as Minority Report and Blade Runner.

Here's a round-up of the first reviews of Reminiscence, which currently holds a 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Times

"Jackman is a charismatic performer, but always within a certain narrow bandwidth. Ferguson, for all the hype, has an even smaller range. Together they are screen poison."

"Reminiscence is clearly aiming for a classic, noir-style vibe with a sci-fi twist, but it misfires/miscalculates at almost every turn... to conjure entirely the wrong atmosphere."

Washington Post

"For every scene that works - and there are plenty - there's one that goes off the rails."

Hollywood Reporter

"Its star cast notwithstanding, there's good reason Warners is dumping the movie in the dog days of summer with minimal fanfare."

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.


"This engrossing and compelling sci-fi detective yarn will make you nostalgic for when merely being a pretty good, star-driven, adult-skewing sci-fi original was enough to be a hit."

Empire Magazine

"For all its lovely looks, flashes of inspiration and splendid cast, Reminiscence mostly serves to remind you of other films - Minority Report, Blade Runner - that did similar future-noir much, much better."


"Reminiscence plays like a perfectly calibrated two-hour mirage of things we've seen before."

Reminiscence is set for cinematic release on August 20 in the US and UK. US viewers will also be able to stream it on HBO Max.

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