Gattaca (1997)

In a futuristic society where commerce has overridden more humanistic concerns, the rich and successful, eager to obtain physical and mental perfection, have taken to genetically engineering their off-spring. Such lab-created babies are… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 24, 1997
DVD Release Date: May 5, 1998
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Intelligent and scientifically provocative, Gattaca is an absorbing sci fi drama that poses important interesting ethical questions about the nature of science.

Mike Clark
USA Today

An institutional hush envelops the compelling cautionary fable Gattaca as if it were muffled by a velvet lab coat.

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Time Out

Chilly, elegant, and a little bloodless.

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Jason Bailey

A thoughtful hybrid of sci-fi, thriller, and character drama; to give you some idea of its high-mindedness, it not only opens with a relevant Bible verse (Ecclesiastes 7:13), but in the opening credits that follow, Gore Vidal is fifth-billed.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

I didn't care enough about Hawke's character to ignore a big problem in the story's logic: if this future has such incredible biotechnology, why can't Law just get his damaged body parts fixed?

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Designer babies rule dystopia in stylish SF thriller filled with recycled plot devices.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Among the very best of all the original "thoughtful" sci-fi movies out there.

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Emanuel Levy

One of first Hollywood films about the effects of genetic engineering on human conduct, Andrew Niccol's directing debut is an intelligent and timely sci-fi that, despite some illogical plot contrivances, is emotionally engaging almost up to the end.

Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times

It's far too serious to be taken seriously.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It predicts the way the world would change in 2001--and how our films would reflect that change.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
An amzing sci fi classic. Hawke and Thurman shine. The whole idea of gene manipulation in the future is such a scary storyline.
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Jens S.
An intelligent, rather grounded and realistic look into a near future when parents can choose the genetic makeup of their kids, and the story of a man fooling… More
Adriel Lim
The human spirit can't be broken; you cannot quell dreams. Brilliantly shot science-fiction film compounded with fantastic human drama, as well as the… More
Wildaly M
Little known film with big actors and an intriguing story-line.
Ping Chu
I'm a big fan of the subtext of the film - it compellingly illustrates how a tragic a society that employs eugenics would be. But, to boot, the story is… More