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In the guise of a science fiction film, Andrew Niccol's Gattaca raises issues about human stamina, the limitations caused by classifications, and real identity versus perception. It relates a young man's lifetime quest to become an astronaut in a futuristic setting that disallows progression of inadequate humans to higher societal ranks. Not having the genetically engineered superiority that his brother had, Vincent (Ethan Hawke) abandons his family and his hopeless past for an illegal alternative -- he buys the genetic material of paraplegic Jerome Morrow (Jude Law) to obtain a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I didn't care enough about Hawke's character to ignore a big problem in the story's logic: if this future has such incredible biotechnology, why can't Law just get his damaged body parts fixed?"
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Designer babies rule dystopia in stylish SF thriller filled with recycled plot devices."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"It predicts the way the world would change in 2001--and how our films would reflect that change."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"This stately, stunningly beautiful picture evokes a future in which present-day prejudices and neuroses have been taken to new, insidious scientifically rationalized heights."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of my favorite sci-fi films of recent years."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of first Hollywood films about the effects of genetic engineering on human conduct, Andrew Niccol's directing debut is an intelligent and timely sci-fi that, despite some illogical plot contrivances, is emotionally engaging almost up to the end."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"It's far too serious to be taken seriously."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"Ripe for reappraisal...the storytelling integrity and thoughtful themes of a good novel."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Intelligent and suspenseful."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A cautionary tale of the dangers of unchecked technology, Gattaca would have benefited from a more assured directing hand."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Chilly, elegant, and a little bloodless."
‑ , Time Out
"An impressively fine-tuned first feature from Andrew Niccol."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A modern sci-fi classic comes home to high-def in a gorgeous new transfer."
‑ Jeff Otto,
"Andrew Niccol signe avec Gattaca une %u0153uvre de science-fiction dont l'intelligence n'a d'égal que son raffinement exceptionnel sur le plan esthétique et narratif."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"There's a window on a possible future, a warning about the wages of sin, and enough beauty to make this a lasting classic of modern science fiction."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
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