Virtuosity
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In a futuristic, high-tech world run by huge corporations, Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) is an L.A. policeman serving time for killing the psychotic who murdered his wife and child. Lindenmeyer (Stephen Spinella), a Dr. Frankenstein of the computer era, has created a monster, Sid 6.7 (Russell Crowe), a virtual reality entity which is programmed with the character traits of scores of mass murderers. Sid 6.7 has escaped the control of its creator and is now running amok. The privatized police force in charge of keeping the peace in the city is run by Elizabeth Deane (Louise Fletcher). Barnes… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The presence of Washington lends the picture a much-needed dose of authenticity. But in the end Virtuosity is disconnected and uninvolving."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Given Washington's presence and the promise of a virtual reality action story, Virtuosity has some appeal -- provided, of course, the viewers aren't selective."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Shallow stuff, but the solid visual effects, decent stunts, and the work of Washington and Crowe make it watchable."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"There's a tiredness to its action sequences and a dullness about its plotting that no amount of special-effects legerdemain can hide."
‑ Scott Rosenberg, San Francisco Examiner
"Lots of techno buzzwords aside, there is not much new to this affair and one rather hopes that Leonard could have done something more original with the material at hand."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Though Virtuosity connects all the dots to give audiences a roller-coaster ride, the movie begets nothing new: It's stillborn."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The world of Virtuosity may be spanking new, but the ideas are yesterday's news."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"The worst movie that could possibly be made starring Crowe and Washington"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"There are some interesting ideas at work here, with potential for commentary on news vs. entertainment and violence in America. But it remains unexplored."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Disappointing action movie which doesn't ever fully exploit the possibilities of its premise."
‑ Madeleine Williams, Cinematter
"Virtuosity doesn't always compute, but like last summer's Speed, it is far more fully realized cinematically than many less commercial, more serious pictures."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Someone should tell Hollywood that the mass-killer genre is dead and that its virtual reality counterpart is already wheezing."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Despite the fact that it treads recycled waters, Leonard's film is an enjoyable ride."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
"Virtuosity is 95 minutes of unsubstantial firefights and meandering plot twists."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"It takes a while to get rolling, and the early character development is weak, but pretty soon, everyone's caught up in this innovative take on the cat and mouse game."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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