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Best-selling author Michael Crichton wrote and directed this science fiction thriller that combined the influences of Blade Runner (1982), comic books, and Crichton's ongoing fascination with the dangers of high technology. Tom Selleck stars as Sergeant Jack Ramsey, a single father in the near future, when robots have largely replaced humans in performing menial labor. However, the robots occasionally malfunction, threatening human life and requiring a specialist like Jack, who terminates the haywire "runaways." Investigating a particularly nasty series of recent cases, Jack and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This Michael Crichton robotic nightmare is so trite that the story seems lifted from Marvel Comics."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Selleck provides a thoughtful performance, coming across as a real, feeling person instead of the expected Rambo-esque tough-guy stereotype."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Sci-Fi fun with the always solid Selleck"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"It's rubbish, frankly, but rubbish in the nicest, most entertaining way possible."
‑ , Film4
"Once it turns from the hardware and the action to people, you can hardly believe your eyes or your ears."
‑ , Time Out
"Lady-cop-robo-fun. Nothing really profound here but who cares?"
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Takes itself way too seriously."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"A weak s-f offering."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Mr. Crichton has a much better feel for the film's gadgets than for its human players."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A nifty futuristic thriller which effectively casts rock-star Gene Simmons as a very bad guy who just oozes evil. A fun flick."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"Fun sci-fi romp, with an absolutely classic turn by Gene Simmons as the villain. Coulda done without the extended make-out scene over the end credits."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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