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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: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"Did Nolan choose Transcendence for Pfister as his very own Springtime for Hitler?"
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"Fascinating as it is, Jack goes too far and builds a scenario that plays like a cross between mystical and magical, diluting the film's provenance"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Although slow-moving and confusing at times, 'Transcendence' impressed me as a haunting, thought-provoking film."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"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 directorial debut for ace cinematographer Wally Pfister is always watchable, but the narrative flaws and logical leaps sabotage sustained enjoyment. "Transcendence" looks and sounds like a Christopher Nolan film that got attacked by malware."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"The ending fails to pack an emotional punch. But Pfister and Paglen have come up with something unusual - a sci-fi blockbuster that's genuinely surprising."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"has all the audacity of Christopher Nolan's Inception, without the credibility ... ends up as a jumble of style over substance, leaving us feeling hoodwinked,""
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"It's a woefully imperfect movie, but it does look ahead to some brilliant concepts."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Moderately entertaining, periodically draggy."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The question of whether we're too tied to technology and when or if it will prove our downfall is undoubtedly important and probably somewhat pressing. It certainly deserves a better movie than "Transcendence.""
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Never transcends into anything much."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While there are hints of interesting ideas lurking along the narrative's periphery, the implausible leaps in logic, inept plotting and sloppy sense of time and scope defeat any opportunity for impact."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Muddled, simplistic, highly derivative thriller that's filled with techno-babble and turns out to be terminally boring."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
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