The Machine
The Machine (2014)

Two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, designed to help humanity. But things go terribly wrong when the British Government steals their breakthrough and teaches it to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 25, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Machine proves an audacious debut for writer-director Caradog James and a solid entry in modern British sci-fi, with thematic heft to match its genre thrills.

Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"The Machine" percolates with an elegantly palpable sense of wonder and danger.

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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter

A classy slice of cerebral sci-fi with a literary-cinematic heritage stretching back through Blade Runner and Metropolis to Frankenstein.

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Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

The film is ambitious visually, in spite of its small budget, and while not all of the effects come off, it's hard to hold that against an indie production like this.

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Dennis Harvey

"The Machine" works modestly well, but still wobbles trying to balance its "thinking man's sci-fi" aspirations against the need to placate less adventurous fans via standard action content.

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Anna Smith
Time Out

Good British sci-fis don't come along very often, so this stylish slice of a dystopian near-future should be welcomed by fans.

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Dustin Putman

The first hour's setup of "The Machine" is better than the threadbare guns-blazing action payoff, but the exceptionally fine work of Caity Lotz commands attention.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

The Machine brings little new to the subject save for an ominously ambiguous conclusion about the consequences of making computers more advanced than their human masters.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

With many writers and directors keen to give a look at a future ravaged by impending war, it's a breath of fresh air when someone shows an evolutionary leap towards harmony.

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James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Some movies you find yourself liking despite of their mistakes, and this 2013 movie filmed in Wales is one of those movies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Released a year before Ex Machina, The Machine is very nearly the basic blueprint for it, to wit: scientists create a lovable AI (that happens to be a bodacious… More
Dann Michalski
The British sci-fi thriller The Machine explores the age-old question of A.I. giving birth to artificial life. Set in a dystopian future where Britain and… More
Alex roy
Astounding, captivating and engaging, The Machine manages to be one of the most original Science Fiction in recent memory. What we have here is a standout… More
Jesse Ortega
If you were disappointed by Robocop 2014 then this will have to do in its place. This is far more thought-provoking science fiction, emphasis on science, about… More
Stuart Brooks
Billed as a British Blade Runner, it's not, it's not even close. The first 2/3rds are decent enough build up but the last 3rd is just a load of… More
Panta Oz
A little bit different than usual science fiction thrillers, this British film directed and written by Caradog W. James was very entertaining. It stars Caity… More