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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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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,
"The script by first-time screenwriter Jack Paglen is so full of half-explained cyber-nonsense and wheezy, kneejerk man-vs.-technology clichés, it borders on the ludicrous."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"The only part of [Depp] still genuinely dynamic is his hair. I'm worried."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"Look, I think it goes so over the top... There are so many twists and turns too. But, look, basically I think this is an entertainment."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Unfortunately, this excellent set-up is squandered in a miasma of truly, frustratingly obtuse plot holes and ludicrous gaps in logic."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
""Transcendence" is a moronic stew of competing impulses - bad science meets bad sociology meets bad theology ..."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Moderately entertaining, periodically draggy."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Transcendence borrows ideas from so many sci-fi sources it turns into a messy cinematic stew that fails to deliver its own unique flavor.
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"The irony for Depp is that the better he is in the role the more thankless it becomes."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"A decade late and a dongle short."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"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
"The poster for the film begs for a counter-punch: printed over a gloomy close-up of Depp there is the warning, "Yesterday Dr. Will Caster Was Only Human." To which we might add, "And the Day Before Johnny Depp was an Actor.""
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"The worst, most portentous, and certainly the silliest big-budget science fiction film since the 2008 Keanu Reeves remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The strangest thing about Paglen's script is how out of step it feels with modern technology - it could have been lingering in a drawer since the mid-'90s, so outmoded is its tone."
‑ Emma Dibdin, Digital Spy
"The performances are fine, as one would expect with this cast, but the writing and sadly the directing in "Transcendence" lacked the vision or coherence necessary to make such a high-concept film fly."
‑ Kristian Harloff, Schmoes Know
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