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Based on 45 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 16 )
  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    All I can cull is: don't mess with Mother Nature and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Fortune-cookie stuff. Erase All. show more

  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Transcendence looks and sounds like a Christopher Nolan film that got attacked by malware. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The story soon devolves into a far-fetched, futuristic snooze-fest that often defies its own logic. Characters' motivations are rarely clear, and allegiances shift with no explanation. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ambitious to a fault, this cautionary fantasy about artificial intelligence has so much on its muddled mind, and so little sense of dramatic grounding, that it grows ever more preposterous before lurching to a climax that's utterly unfathomable. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Echoing the lessons learned from "HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey," the message of Transcendence is that computers should not be allowed to become sentient. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    A movie that’s of two minds. It’s well-grounded, but also over the top. It’s a man-vs.-machine epic and also an intimate drama. It’s quirky-smart yet sci-fi silly. And it winds up being half as good as it could be. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Pfister, who, like his mentor Nolan, adamantly continues to shoot on film (not digital), shows a sure hand at staging scenes, creating visuals and setting a tone -- if only all the diverse elements here fit comfortably under the same tent. show more

  • 40
    Alonso Duralde The Wrap

    You can feel this movie's attempts at Big Ideas about technology get weighed down by a dopey, nonsensical plot. show more

  • 42
    Kate Erbland

    Unquestionably the work of both a newbie director and a green screenwriter. show more

  • 100
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    Transcendence is a bold, beautiful, sometimes confounding flight of futuristic speculation firmly rooted in the potential of today’s technology. show more

  • April 30, 2014 washresch
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    Man uploads to internet. Man becomes powerful and smart and evil. Man wants girlfriend to get uploaded too. Girlfriend balks when man turns workmen into zombies. Friend of man uploads virus to kill man and save world but then girlfriend gets killed by Morgan Freeman shooting canon.

  • April 28, 2014 twalsh4440
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    Great Movie could have been more Grandiose like Lawnmower Man technologically great

  • April 24, 2014 Goodmom42
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    Didn't really understand this film but I thought the actors did a great job.

  • April 23, 2014 vstop
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    Bow Wow. Plodding, that's the best description for this movie. Plodding is just above killer boring. Yawn. If you like slow, see "Draft Day.” “Draft Day” is a little slow, but it has better acting, and even a plot. How ab

  • April 22, 2014 qa00000000105285
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    its ok I mean It not good and not bad and the story is kind of bad but if you a good sci-fi movie than go for the movie

  • April 21, 2014 jpewther
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    Could have been a great movie, but it gets overly complex and hard to follow. Is it for or against AI?

  • April 21, 2014 BakedBread
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    not a good johnny depp movie

  • April 20, 2014 Mary Morosetti
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    Boring and forgettable. I am not a big action fan, but I like movies with meaning, and this one just didn't bring it to the table. Great cast, great acting, just not enough.

  • April 20, 2014 dukedewf
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    As sci-fi movies go, I thought this was quite good. Indeed, it is a bit scary if artificial intelligence could go this way in the future.

  • April 20, 2014 joepccbell
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    Great story line! Action packed with good ending!

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