A.I. Artificial Intelligence Reviews

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William Goss
Film.com
April 21, 2011
A confined domestic drama, a considerable morality tale, a fleeting futuristic noir, a persecution parable, an on-the-nose fairy tale adventure... and then it keeps going.
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Ebert & Roeper
October 18, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
August 16, 2007
At heart it's a terribly anguished expression of rejection, loneliness and love. If only it knew when to stop.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
At heart it's a terribly anguished expression of rejection, loneliness and love. If only it knew when to stop.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 29, 2001
Temperamentally, Spielberg and Kubrick are such polar opposites that A.I. has the moment-to-moment effect of being completely at odds with itself.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 16, 2001
The most puzzling, trippiest piece of pop fantasy of Spielberg's career.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 16, 2001
The most philosophical film in Kubrick's canon, the most intelligent in Spielberg's, and quite possibly the film with the most contemporary relevance that either one has made since Kubrick released Dr. Strangelove in 1964.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 29, 2001
The most controversial conversation-piece to hit the dumbed-down American movie scene since heaven knows when.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 29, 2001
Technically dazzling yet emotionally accessible to the inner child in everyone from 9 to 90.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 29, 2001
Its heart is in the right place. But the intelligence behind the rest of the movie is, well, a little too artificial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 29, 2001
Fascinating, if uneven and ultimately rather silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 29, 2001
The real joy of the movie for me, and why I recommend it despite everything, was watching Spielberg salute Kubrick, his friend and mentor, while at the same time defy him.
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June 29, 2001
If only Spielberg's faith in movie magic weren't linked -- biochemically, it now seems -- to a lack of faith in the potential of humankind.
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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
June 29, 2001
For every moment it frustrates, there are a dozen that amaze and provoke us, asking us questions about the meanings of life and love.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 29, 2001
The structureless, meandering, slow-motion endlessness of Kubrick combined with the fuzzy, cuddly mindlessness of Spielberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 29, 2001
It's astounding because, like so much of Kubrick's work, it resurrects the sense of cinema as an ongoing emergency.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
June 29, 2001
The combination of genres -- science fiction with fairy tale -- often triumphs but sometimes misfires.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 29, 2001
It ends up a glorious failure, an impressive mess.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
June 29, 2001
However you take it, the film works from an immensely challenging and rewarding text.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 29, 2001
The boldest go-for-broke film released by a Hollywood studio since Apocalypse Now.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
June 29, 2001
It could bear the initials 'E.D.' -- emotionally deficient.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 29, 2001
A movie both wonderful and maddening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 29, 2001
Happily, the beauty shows up before the frustrations set in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
June 29, 2001
A posthumously completed step for Kubrick and a step forward for Spielberg.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
June 29, 2001
It's the kind of screwup you get only from a master filmmaker.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 28, 2001
The best fairy tale -- the most disturbing, complex and intellectually challenging boy's adventure story -- Mr. Spielberg has made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
June 28, 2001
You're encouraged to ponder complex questions while enjoying an amazing ride.
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June 28, 2001
At best it's brilliant, but lukewarm -- lacking Spielberg's emotional heat and Kubrick's icy intellect.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 28, 2001
During this summer of replicants, it shines as an original work of art.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2001
A not quite seamless, not completely satisfying but invariably attention-grabbing combination of divergent themes, genres and even story lines.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
June 28, 2001
If you're up for something as dark as the Brothers Grimm can truly be, A.I.'s a trip worth taking.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 28, 2001
Involving and exasperating, stressing that the desired fusion of two spirits could, in this case at least, generate only friction.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 28, 2001
A movie to be knocked, chewed and gummed, but not dismissed.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 28, 2001
For Spielberg to take on a downer of a story like A.I. is like Santa Claus taking charge of the IRS.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 28, 2001
A movie in which the intelligence is supposed to be artificial, but it's the emotions that feel that way.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 28, 2001
A provocative, personal and intensely engaging picture made with big-studio resources and technical magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 28, 2001
A film to see with friends. You'll want to talk about it afterward.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 26, 2001
A seething psychological bonanza.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 25, 2001
For all of its underdeveloped potential and truncated subplots, there's still enough of value in A.I. to make it a captivating experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 23, 2001
A.I. is a clash of the titans, a jumble, an oedipal drama, a carny act. I want to see it again.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 22, 2001
[A] fascinating wreck.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 20, 2001
Never less than fascinating.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 20, 2001
Deeply thoughtful and thoroughly fascinating.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
June 18, 2001
A.I. exhilarates, frustrates and provokes: it's the most ambitious Hollywood movie in sight.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 18, 2001
Spielberg laid the burden of the film on Osment like a backpack, and the young trouper carries it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5