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Based on 20 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Clearly, an effort was made to create a serious, thoughtful movie. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is one of the smartest and most provocative of science fiction films, a thriller with ideas. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The average thriller, even if it's set in a faraway or futuristic world, tends to offer visceral, ephemeral excitement, and not much else. However, while Gattaca has the energy and tautness to compare with the best of those, its thought-provoking script and thematic richness elevate it to the next level. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Andrew Niccol wrote and directed this intelligent and suspenseful science-fiction drama featuring strong performances by Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, and Gore Vidal. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    Gattaca is a welcome throwback to the days of good, low-tech sci-fi, stressing character and atmosphere over computer-generated effects and juvenile thrills. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Designer babies rule dystopia in stylish SF thriller filled with recycled plot devices. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    No aliens. No firefights in space. No robots. Just an eerily attractive, sleekly costumed cast in a stylish, cooly intelligent throwback to the Twilight Zone era of deeply serious science fiction. show more

  • 40

    It's a great set-up but sadly the plot unfolds slowly and with little action, playing like a short story. show more

  • 89
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Niccol's futuristic fable is a gorgeous construct, from its cast on down to the brilliant, clinical nature of the set design that reflects a future in which even a particle of saliva can be one's undoing. show more

  • 67
    Ty Burr Entertainment Weekly

    Sets, music, and imagery are rigorously controlled and undeniably stunning, but after a while flaws creep into the plot's double helix. show more

  • March 14, 2012 .kowalski440mag
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    One of the best forward looking movies I\'ve ever seen. This movie which takes place perhaps 50 years from now relies on present injustices and inequalities for it\'s moral-of-the-story. As is the case of all sci-fi writers Andrew Niccol exposes modern man\'s follies in a futuristic setting. How many of us have not been given credit for an accomplishment or never been given the chance to \'swing the bat\' or been prejudged before one has even spoken? Gattaca is a recognition of the individual....of individual talent and drive. Our inner spirit defines who we are not the mass produced human robot society cranks out to keep itself going. One of my favorite scenes in Gattaca is when Vincent has to take one last urine test before his departure. Lamar tells Vincent that his son wasn\'t everything they promised. And that Vincent is his son\'s hero.....\'after all, who knows how much he can accomplish, right?\' Lamar knew about Vincent\'s \'invalid\' status for years but remained silent because of his own son\'s imperfection. Both were both rooting for Vincent to succeed....against all odds. This last scene offers hope because even in a place like Gattaca, with it\'s sterile, robotic perfection, there are still those who root for the underdog.

  • January 13, 2010 lanenadeponce14
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    this movie is a beautiful and shows how borrowing someone's DNA can lead to complications.the symbols that they use in the movie are not hard to find like in Jerome's apartment the staircase is a symbol for DNA.Vincent is a good example for this because he followed his dream but for him to continue living it the real Jerome had to die;there could only be one Jerome in that society.I give this movie a good review because it's a good way to teach a class about DNA complications.i hope you can make another movie like wishes.

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