BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Transcendence Reviews

By Dr. Know on April 18th, 2014

Critic Reviews for Transcendence

via Rotten Tomatoes

The directorial debut for ace cinematographer Wally Pfister is always watchable, but the narrative flaws and logical leaps sabotage sustained enjoyment. “Transcendence” looks and sounds like a Christopher Nolan film that got attacked by malware.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle
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The question of whether we’re too tied to technology and when or if it will prove our downfall is undoubtedly important and probably somewhat pressing. It certainly deserves a better movie than “Transcendence.”

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Detroit News

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Soon the worlds of technology and humanity collide – super-medicine, super-intelligence, super-ecosystems, super-confusing!

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Inquirer
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Lost in the land of mind over matter, Transcendence is too much trance and not nearly enough dance.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

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Bold, beautiful, sometimes confounding flight of futuristic speculation firmly rooted in the potential of today’s technology.

April 17, 2014Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com

Richard Roeper.com
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An ambitious and provocative piece of work that is intriguingly balanced between being a warning and a celebration.

April 17, 2014Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

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If Will’s goal was for PINN to also experience the full range of human emotions, he failed, for Depp’s performance here is cold and robotic.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: L.A. Biz

L.A. Biz

Depressingly inert. A sad waste of talent.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium

JoBlo’s Movie Emporium

The whole of “Transcendence” feels more in tune with computers than it does with people. It has some intelligence of the artificial kind, but it could have used some heart.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco Examiner

That the idea isn’t new – rather, a rite of passage for HAL-9000, Data and every droid since – may be a demerit, but at least there is an idea.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Topless Robot

Topless Robot

As a human tragedy of man and monster, of beauty and beast, it has just enough genuine pathos that you wish it were better.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Vulture

Vulture

Cinematographer Wally Pfister, making his directorial debut, shouldn’t quit his day job, especially after accepting this dreadfully dull script from Jack Paglen.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Kaplan vs. Kaplan

“Transcendence” is too slow, too technical and ultimately boring.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Pfister proves to be as clever a storyteller as he is a painter of moving pictures.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: COED.com

COED.com

Depp appears mostly from the waist-up on a computer screen, mumbling in a monotone voice that would lull a cup of coffee to sleep.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Us Weekly

Us Weekly

…possesses a lot of the same handsome camera work that seamlessly melded with special-effects in Nolan’s “Inception” for which Pfister won the Oscar. It is the story and in particular the film’s closing act that lets the entire production down.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Daily Film Fix

The Lawnmower Man, Max Headroom and Johnny Depp walk into a bar. They get drunk and decide to make a movie.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Richmond.com

The picture doesn’t stake out any new genre territory, but it has a warm emotional core-it’s really a love story.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Reason Online

Reason Online

Bad, but not uninteresting.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Mania.com

Mania.com

The only truly transcendent element of the film is how Johnny Depp, now 50 years old, transcends all signs of aging!

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: BET.com

BET.com

Transcendence is what Her would be like if Her were made by idiots.

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Deadspin

Deadspin

Doesn’t transcend the trappings and pitfalls of the genre.(Full Content Review for Parents also Available)

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Screen It!

Screen It!

Trolls in the waters of both Philip K. Dick and William S. Gibson (without ever really getting a solid bite).

April 18, 2014Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

Hollywood & Fine
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