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In this high-tech thriller, Dade Murphy (Jonny Lee Miller) has been fascinated with computers all his life; at the age of 11, he was able to break into the computer network of several top Wall Street investment and banking firms, and he nearly caused a major stock market crash in the process. As punishment, Dade was forbidden to use a computer until his 18th birthday, but now that he's of age, he's diving back into his PC head first. Dade meets up with a group of fellow hackers: tough-talking cyber gamer Kate, aka Acid Burn (Angelina Jolie), junior hacker Jesse Bradford, born prankster… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hackers isn't a very good movie, but it's a darn sight more fun than The Net."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The story is negligible, but it offers the same order of fun as a good rock video: the marriage of images and music."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"The real crime of cyberpunks is that they have encouraged Hollywood to make several bad movies aimed at exploiting this new lifestyle niche."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"A plot thinner than an LCD monitor doesn't prevent the bombastic fun, and the young cast help it hurtle along."
‑ Caroline Westbrook, Empire Magazine
"You gotta love some of the horrible dialogue in this flick."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"After the mechanics of the thriller plot start to kick in, the film drags. And when it's time for the big cyber-showdown, we're stuck, once again, with footage of frantic typing."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"What's most grating about Hackers, however, is the guileless way the movie buys in to the computer-kid-as-elite-rebel mystique currently being peddled by magazines like Wired."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A disjointed yet generally enjoyable stint at the movies, even for those who don't know an infobahn from a nanosecond."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Even if you bought DOS for Dummies, there's nothing in HACKERS that will stretch your brain."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As good as a feature length music video can possibly be."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"This is a movie that sums up the worst of the computer era: zapping you with techno-cliches and trapping you in constant visual crash and burn."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Without being any sort of miracle, this engaging and lively exploitation fantasy-thriller about computer hackers, anarchistic in spirit, succeeds at just about everything The Net failed to."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Silly but enjoyable."
‑ , Film4
"stupid and entertaining, to some nostalgia degree"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Attractive leads in a leaden suspense story"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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