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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: 18%

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
"The film sets up a conflict but can't decide whose side it's own, which makes for a curiously subversive bit of entertainment but also leaves the story feeling quite muddled, especially in its final moments."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Patheos
"Transcendence is full of enough intriguing ideas about the future and humanity's relationship with technology to overlook some of the film's tonal and narrative hiccups."
‑ Witney Seibold, Nerdist
"They must've titled this movie with total irony, because Transcendence stumbles hard in its attempt to rise above."
‑ Kofi Outlaw, ScreenRant
"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
"Transcendence is an engaging enough "What if?" that happily reminded me of days spent curled up with a good Michael Crichton book."
‑ Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
"In a way, the relatively balanced approach that Transcendence takes to its subject matter is the most interesting thing about it."
‑ Cammila Collar, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A technology run amok flick about artificial intelligence that isn't intelligent -- artificial or otherwise."
‑ Gary Wolcott, Tri-City Herald
"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
"Dark, pretentious sci-fi thriller tackles big questions."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"More than 40 years after 'Colossus: The Forbin Project,' they couldn't come up with something better than this?"
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"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
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