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Code 46 (2004)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 23

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After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew.

Dec 28, 2004

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Amid the white walls and slick surfaces of this film, the characters seem more like lab rats than human beings.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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More a collage than a movie.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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It's a common enough problem in sci-fi movies. A filmmaker creates a totally convincing world but can't find a compelling story to put in it.

September 10, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Winterbottom's movie may be cold, but it's still pretty cool.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Winterbottom and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce sell the sci-fi but botch the interpersonal.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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A provocative, classy, low-key sci-fi tale that presents a world so within reach it's scary.

August 20, 2004
Detroit News
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Disappointing sci-fi that's too intense for kids.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

What keeps Code 46 from living up to its fascinating premise is the lack of empathy we feel for William and Maria. They are almost like benign video game characters.

September 11, 2006
Christianity Today

Satisfyingly cinematic

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A luxurious sight to behold.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

The premise was sounder than the execution.

April 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Achingly elegiac sci-fi story of love and memory lost - an Oedipal tragedy for the genetically modified age.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

The film is like bypass surgery: clinically precise but always in control of your heart.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Part thriller, part love story and part political allegory, told as dream noir, but too tangled and slippery to inspire much empathy.

September 30, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

a noir snore with no moral desperation, no clear-cut point-of-view and a love story whose eroticism feels about as urgent as yardwork

September 30, 2004

Original, intelligent, cool, aloof, and ultimately unforgettable.

September 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Too much stoicism and not enough vulnerability -- OK for a futuristic film about a dystopian society, but not if you're supposed to feel the emotions of the main characters.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source:

It's too bleak for the morose Robbins and doe-eyed Morton to connect meaningfully with each other or with us.

September 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Winterbottom's sci-fi romance is in a class of its own. Robbins and Morton [are] clearly in their element here.

September 19, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

May be one of the most perfect cyberpunk films ever made.

September 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Cinematography, production design and music are all top-notch, but the film largely succeeds because of the leads -- two fine actors at the top of their game.

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's hard to root for people who defy oppressive social systems when they can't seem to make sound decisions on their own.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Intelligent and original.

September 14, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Code 46

Interesting premise and sci-fi world but the characters either lacked chemistry or their story just wasn't very interesting.
November 18, 2012

Super Reviewer

A case of: little known movie that would deserve a bit more attention.
The most interesting aspect of this film is its futuristic setting. In the not too distant future people with 25% or more identical genes are not allowed to have children together. The violation of that is the Code 46, the punishment measures accordingly drastic. The world seems to consist of mega-cities, where a lot of languages melted into each other, and the impoverished outside. You can't go wherever or whenever you want without the right papers. There is cyberpunk technology that gives you skills, helping with your job or for your leisure activities. All this may sound like another "Blade Runner", but it's all explained very subtly while the story evolves and does not seem too far away from our current world.
In this setting Tim "Shawshank" Robbins has to investigate a case of theft in a company in Shanghai. What exactly this firm does and what was stolen is not revealed right away, thanks to the amalgam of languages, especially when it comes to technical terms. The delicate relationship Robbins' character builds with suspect Samantha "Minority Report" Morton reminds of "Lost in Translation", two somewhat lonely souls connecting in a big, strange city. To say more about the plot would be spoiling.
The use of music together with the outstandingly beautiful cinematography and interesting things the movie has to say about the gap between rich and poor and how mankind apparently fucked up its gene pool is very fascinating and interesting. There is no action, and the movie is rather slow, but with fine hints of humor and carried by two great actors. In the end, there are a lot of images staying with you: Morton dancing, the slow camera flights over the desert, the neat gimmicks of technology, the sobering solution to the story. Definitely worth seeing.
April 18, 2011

Super Reviewer

Beautiful, atmospheric, pitch-perfect, absorbing, astounding, and every other adjective to assign to greatness that one can fathom. It's what would happen if Lost in Translation had been written as a loose adaptation of 1984 and Brave New World. A must see for all students of film. One of the greatest films about dystopia/aspiring utopia as well as a classic romance.
October 4, 2010

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