A deadpan funny, off-beat futuristic sci-fi thriller that satirizes a corporatized culture that seems all too contemporary.
| Original Score: A-
The charm, verve, and clearly articulated vision a filmmaker would need to put this over are nowhere in evidence, though Hartley's sentimentality and wan cynicism are on grating display.
| Original Score: 2/4
Shakes its shamanistic staff at a world continually overwhelmed with consumerism and the proliferation of mega-conglomerations.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Not every shoestring indie needs to be energetic and edgy, but it could've really helped in this case
| Original Score: 2/5
A profoundly unnecessary movie.
| Original Score: 1/5
A poetic satire and genre parody.
| Original Score: 3/4
An interminable movie experience.
Pointlessly stilted and frustratingly obvious.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Engaging performances and a stylized visual approach lend it originality.
Hartley's score is lovely and he makes excellent use of digital video, but the film's paucity of provocative ideas is its undoing.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Not one of Hartley's most successful efforts, but it's witty, daring, different and a welcome alternative to Hollywood pap.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sharp and inventive sci-fi/satire, via the great Hal Hartley.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Like so many science fiction fantasies, Hal Hartley's new film begins with a clever satirical premise, then stumbles all over itself trying to tell a coherent, original story.
Streaky low-frame-rate DV, Dogme-style mundane interiors, and merely unembarrassing televisual performances add up to a monotonous, unenlightening experience.
As satire, it doesn't add up -- but it's an admirable, if dull, experiment.
| Original Score: C
Hal Hartley's 'fake sci-fi movie about the way we live now' is a misfire, suggesting occasional winks of satire while taking itself so seriously that you're left wondering when to laugh.
A snarky satire of consumerism in the guise of pseudo sci-fi.
| Original Score: B
A flat, tedious film that, while perhaps accessible to a mainstream audience, would probably bore them, while indie-philes would admit that it simply has no substance.
| Original Score: D+
Unconvincingly attempts to update the futurist dystopian traditions of Orwell, Huxley and William Gibson.