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In Theaters April 25 (7 days)
Two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, designed to help humanity. But things go terribly wrong when the British Government steals their breakthrough and teaches it to become a robotic weapon. (c) Xlrator

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Good British sci-fis don't come along very often, so this stylish slice of a dystopian near-future should be welcomed by fans."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"Former dancer Caity Lotz is good at lethal kicks and twitchy cyborg movements, but her ingenue manner and baby-doll voice don't make her any more convincing as a cybernetics genius than as a robo-femme super-soldier."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Observer [UK]
"There are tritenesses, but particles of promise too, in Caradog James's The Machine, a low-fi sci-fi thriller from Britain."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Despite some striking imagery and sterling FX work, Welsh writer/director Caradog W James' expert use of limited resources doesn't stretch as far as the subtlety-averse script."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"Its contemporary edge comes from the fact that it highlights the rapid technological development that has taken place. What was once thought of as science fiction is now science fact."
‑ Nicola Woodham, Electric Sheep
"an ambitious project that has a slick production design and solid special effects"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The bleak chic of this SF drama is intriguing, but the script that starts out smart and elegant soon slips into the shoddy and familiar."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"An impressive calling card for director Caradog James rather than the finished article."
‑ Chris Blohm, Little White Lies
"Brimming with ideas and laudable ambition, it's well worth a look."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Director Caradog James hits all the right genre notes."
‑ Bryan Bishop, The Verge
"It may look rather serious, but underneath The Machine's shiny and po-faced exterior is an enjoyable, silly little B-movie."
‑ Dominic Mill, We Got This Covered
"James overflogs the what-is-the-nature-of-being-dead horse, but directs with brio. Meanwhile, Lotz, with her child-like fragility and snappy kickboxing moves, is eminently watchable."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Guardian [UK]
"A B-movie of considerable ambition and substance."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"Despite the various positives that exist, the film does remain rather flat throughout, and you're left wanting at times, as you wait for the suspense to kick in."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"It's a simple pleasure, but even in a simple movie, it's fairly unique, establishing a vision not often seen in small-scale sci-fi."
‑ Gabe Toro, The Playlist
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