Transcendence (2014)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 18, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014
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Critic Score: 20% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In his directorial debut, ace cinematographer Wally Pfister remains a distinctive visual stylist, but Transcendence's thought-provoking themes exceed the movie's narrative grasp.

David Sims
The Atlantic

Pfister and Paglen are going for emotional intimacy, but they forgot to add enough shading to their ensemble to land any kind of punch.

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Christy Lemire

When it's all over, you will turn on your iPhone and ask Siri to find you a good restaurant for a bite to eat near the theater. And you will have learned nothing.

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Reagan Gavin Rasquinha
The Times of India

The film is essentially a far-fetched, sometimes muddled, cautionary tale about mankind being taken over by the machines that they themselves have created, albeit with the best of intentions.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The movie is rhythmless, shapeless, and, with the exception of a few shots, cheesy-looking.

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Andrew O'Hehir

"Transcendence" is a moronic stew of competing impulses - bad science meets bad sociology meets bad theology ...

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Sarah Marrs

Transcendence is just a mess, and a big dumb one to boot.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Remember when paycheck-hungry actors were accused of phoning in a performance? Johnny Depp spins that for millennials in Transcendence by Skpying in his performance.

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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice

One of those "control technology or it will control you" sermons that nonetheless enlists the usual heap of technically advanced special effects.

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Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

What Transcendence tried to do was make us see things in a new light, when instead it only illuminated the faults of the idea.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Nikhil Nandu
An interesting concept that falls through due to terrible execution. You will sit through this movie feeling and thinking nothing. And, you will likely be… More
Edward Boxler
VERDICT: BARELY WATCHABLE - Transcendence starts with a bang but ends up a mess of bad science and bad execution. It wants you to think about the relationship… More
Everett Johnson
Johnny Depp likes to play off beat characters. In "Transcendence" he plays an A.I. researcher who dies, who then has his mind put into an A.I.… More
KJ Proulx
Unfocussed on it's story and pretty much every theme it is trying to explore, "Transcendence" is one of the most confusing films I have seen in a… More
Alex roy
Transcendence is a decent film that could have been so much more. The result that is displayed here is a film that is quite ambitious, but you feel that the… More
Manu Gino
Yesterday Dr. Will Caster was only human. Very Good Film! This film will most likely split down the middle because of it's religious tones of God and… More