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Sci-Fi Thriller. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie is rhythmless, shapeless, and, with the exception of a few shots, cheesy-looking."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
""Transcendence" is a moronic stew of competing impulses - bad science meets bad sociology meets bad theology ..."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Pfister seems afraid to recognize the humor inherent in a story that requires Johnny Depp to become a grim sort of Max Headroom..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Ambitious, but poorly realized, "Transcendence" is a movie with forward-thinking ideas that fails to gel as a narrative."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"With its overriding fears of artificial intelligence and technology in general, "Transcendence" feels like it was made at least 15 years too late."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Remember when paycheck-hungry actors were accused of phoning in a performance? Johnny Depp spins that for millennials in Transcendence by Skpying in his performance."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"One of those "control technology or it will control you" sermons that nonetheless enlists the usual heap of technically advanced special effects."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
"It is not only a bad film, it is a rather boring film."
‑ Scott Mendelson, Forbes
"While Transcendence starts out with a fascinating premise, it loses its way pretty quickly by turning into a sappy and ultimately silly film that isn't able to capitalize on the lofty ideas contained within."
‑ Jeff Beck,
""'Transcendence' winds up being in the position of being the first - but certainly not the last - big disappointment of the 2014 Summer Movie Season.""
‑ Jeff Vice, Cinephiled
"When it's all over, you will turn on your iPhone and ask Siri to find you a good restaurant for a bite to eat near the theater. And you will have learned nothing."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"Transcendence doesn't induce paranoia, wonder, or suspense. It's the most incurious film you could make about something as simultaneously preposterous and promising as Johnny Depp the Internet."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Just think of junk like "Lawnmower Man," and "The Mangler 2," and you pretty much sum up what director Wally Pfister tries to pass off as a sophisticated techno-thriller."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Parece não fazer a menor ideia acerca das ideias que pretende defender, dos conceitos que quer apresentar ou mesmo da natureza de seus próprios personagens."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Transcendence neither thrills nor illuminates. In fact in many respects it is downright cowardly in its failure to pursue its many themes, with threads of ideas never woven into a whole."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
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