Code 46 Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 10, 2004
Wow.... [Code 46] is, while drawing on and inspired by classic films, utterly original, in a way that is particularly thrilling for fans of true science fiction movies.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 3, 2004
Winterbottom's movie may be cold, but it's still pretty cool.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 26, 2004
Winterbottom and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce sell the sci-fi but botch the interpersonal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
M.E. Russell
Oregonian
August 20, 2004
It's probably bad critical form to recommend a movie based largely on abstractions like 'vibe,' but Winterbottom does such a glorious job building his world that a certain breed of filmgoer can get punch-drunk lost in the pure cinema of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 20, 2004
A provocative, classy, low-key sci-fi tale that presents a world so within reach it's scary.
| Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 20, 2004
A tedious slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
August 20, 2004
The future is here and it looks depressingly familiar.
August 20, 2004
Lo siento, it's a violation of Code 47 to make a mediocre movie when you have stars of this caliber.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 19, 2004
Unfolds like a science-fiction novel written by Cormac McCarthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
August 19, 2004
A curious and mostly rewarding tale of a love affair in a world of genetic policing and travel restrictions.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 19, 2004
A love story clothed in a science-fiction plot that fails to warm us with sentiment or dazzle us with cold logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 19, 2004
It's bracing when a movie honors an audience's intelligence, and Code 46 rewards us with a story that asks fascinating questions without pretending to have all the answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 19, 2004
The disquieting and depressing sci-fi romance Code 46 is an interesting exercise, but the same can't always be said about it as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 19, 2004
One of Michael Winterbottom's interesting failures--intriguing to look at but curiously hollow inside.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 19, 2004
Given the 'Big Brother' promise that 'the Sphynx knows best,' this fusion of our sci-fi noir future and Ancient Greek tragic past looks not unlike our uneasy present.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
August 17, 2004
...Winterbottom's main distinction is that he's able to be dull in a lot of different genres.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 15, 2004
The atmosphere of the film is rich and meaningful while the story is frustratingly simple and superficial, almost an afterthought.
| Original Score: C+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 13, 2004
Robbins and Morton play star-crossed lovers, and they're among the most risible pair to grace the screen in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
August 13, 2004
It's a distinct, fully realized and fascinating world; it's the story Winterbottom places in the foreground that's unfulfilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
August 13, 2004
Updates a classic premise -- the struggle for personal freedom -- by pairing it with ethical and moral quandaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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