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Surrogates Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
September 30, 2009
Surrogates is an A-list blockbuster that would fit, damn proudly, on the lower half of a double bill.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 27, 2009
Whatever the reason, Surrogates was shielded from the eyes of critics before its opening, and that's a shame. Because, whatever its flaws, it is a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 27, 2009
If the whole point of this surrogate society is to appear as a perfectly beautiful avatar, why would Bruce Willis choose that ludicrous blond wig that looks like he plucked it off a mannequin at Boscov's?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 27, 2009
Surrogates is entertaining and ingenious, but it settles too soon for formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 27, 2009
The premise for this sci-fi actioner makes sense for about four seconds, after which you begin to wonder why everyone on the planet would willingly become a shut-in, how the poor are supposed to shell out for these high-tech androids, etc.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 27, 2009
Give credit to filmmaker Jonathan Mostow for keeping the movie on track; give credit to star Bruce Willis for keeping a straight face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
September 26, 2009
One of the year's more entertaining sci-fi films.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 25, 2009
While the notion holds promise, the execution is strictly campy and adrenaline-driven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 25, 2009
Do the actors sound so robotic because they are playing robots well or humans badly? And did a machine write this dialogue? If so, could we please apply for an upgrade?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 25, 2009
The film moves along so quickly, and the surrogate world look is so eerie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 25, 2009
Bruce Willis has little to do but hit his predictable marks and mouth the generic dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 25, 2009
Surrogates creates a world it has little interest in exploring beyond the boundaries set by a fairly dull whodunit.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 25, 2009
The ideas probably have a bit more juice than the movie, but it's still an alert piece of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 25, 2009
Surrogates nudges the robo-thriller in an interesting direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 25, 2009
Surrogates bleakly satirizes our increasingly plugged-in world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 25, 2009
Despite bumpy execution likely to have detractors yelling "déjà boo," Surrogates oozes possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 25, 2009
The script is by the team that gave us Catwoman and the last two Terminator movies, which tells you all you need to know.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 25, 2009
There's fun robot stuff, some good philosophical ideas, and a brief, nutty Willis-Ving Rhames reunion 15 years after Pulp Fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 25, 2009
For all the inspirations, the pieces of better stories that this tale was concocted from, Surrogates never manages to be anything more than a poor substitute for the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 24, 2009
Surrogates stays afloat by not taking itself too seriously, but also by recognizing that a movie about robots shouldn't look as if it were made by one.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 24, 2009
Just as the dystopian world the movie portrays is arid and specious, the movie itself is a mechanical sci-fi'er absent of logic or emotions.
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
September 24, 2009
The film isn't shy about its feelings about technology - it's time to unplug. It laments a culture that medicates pain away and has its head in virtual realms.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 24, 2009
A film about robots that might find its biggest fans among Luddites, Surrogates is an intense and eerily plausible sci-fi thriller.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 24, 2009
If robots had to make a movie without human help, Surrogates is what they might come up with. All the parts are visible, but there's no soul to be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5