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Gattaca (1997)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 10

Intelligent and scientifically provocative, Gattaca is an absorbing sci fi drama that poses important interesting ethical questions about the nature of science.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 6

Intelligent and scientifically provocative, Gattaca is an absorbing sci fi drama that poses important interesting ethical questions about the nature of science.



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New Zealand screenwriter Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show) made his feature directorial debut with this science fiction drama, set in a future when one's life is determined by genetic engineering rather than education or experience. The wealthy can choose the genetic makeup of their descendants. People are designed to fit into whatever role is decided before birth. But what happens when someone desires another way of life? Citizens in this impersonal future-world are fashioned as perfect


Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Andrew M. Niccol

May 5, 1998

Columbia Pictures

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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (10) | DVD (29)

I didn't care enough about Hawke's character to ignore a big problem in the story's logic: if this future has such incredible biotechnology, why can't Law just get his damaged body parts fixed?

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (34)
Chicago Reader
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One of first Hollywood films about the effects of genetic engineering on human conduct, Andrew Niccol's directing debut is an intelligent and timely sci-fi that, despite some illogical plot contrivances, is emotionally engaging almost up to the end.

July 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Chilly, elegant, and a little bloodless.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Designer babies rule dystopia in stylish SF thriller filled with recycled plot devices.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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It's far too serious to be taken seriously.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (7)
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An impressively fine-tuned first feature from Andrew Niccol.

January 1, 2000
New York Times
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It predicts the way the world would change in 2001--and how our films would reflect that change.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Ripe for reappraisal...the storytelling integrity and thoughtful themes of a good novel.

March 21, 2008
Groucho Reviews

A modern sci-fi classic comes home to high-def in a gorgeous new transfer.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

This stately, stunningly beautiful picture evokes a future in which present-day prejudices and neuroses have been taken to new, insidious scientifically rationalized heights.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Intelligent and suspenseful.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Andrew Niccol signe avec Gattaca une %u0153uvre de science-fiction dont l'intelligence n'a d'égal que son raffinement exceptionnel sur le plan esthétique et narratif.

October 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Panorama

One of my favorite sci-fi films of recent years.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A cautionary tale of the dangers of unchecked technology, Gattaca would have benefited from a more assured directing hand.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

There's a window on a possible future, a warning about the wages of sin, and enough beauty to make this a lasting classic of modern science fiction.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

O interessante conceito se dilui em uma trama policial óbvia.

May 19, 2004
Cinema em Cena

It's not the meek who have inherited the Earth, but genetic freaks....this visionary science-fiction drama is a marvel of futuristic art and costume design on a spare budget.

February 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

A well-directed, visually stunning morally complex tale. There is no gene for a good movie.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Despite its flaws, this is still a fascinating story, and adequate performances by Hawke, Law, and Uma Thurman.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

A spare, intelligent thriller from first-time writer-director Andrew Niccol.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

This is a thought-provoking film, an effective wake-up call to those who glorify science.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

This film illustrates what some of us have long suspected - Uma Thurman and Jude Law were genetically engineered.

August 10, 2002 | Comments (2)
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

a smart, beautifully crafted piece of not-so-science-fiction that manages to successfully mix social commentary and suspense into a generally enthralling story.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source: James Sanford on Film
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Audience Reviews for Gattaca

Little known film with big actors and an intriguing story-line.
January 21, 2014

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December 16, 2013
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The human spirit can't be broken; you cannot quell dreams. Brilliantly shot science-fiction film compounded with fantastic human drama, as well as the scintillation of a thriller; intrigue and intelligence form its well written plot. It is more an allegory of brilliant human dram than science-fiction flick, and that is where it stands well.
August 13, 2013
Adriel Lim

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    1. Detective Hugo: I was also in the Slums of Beverly HIlls.
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    1. Vincent Freeman: Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star.
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    1. Vincent Freeman: For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I'm going home.
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    1. Jerome Morrow: I got the better end of the deal. I only lent you my body - you lent me your dream.
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    1. Vincent Freeman: You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it.
    2. Young Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back.
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    1. Vincent Freeman: There's no gene for fate.
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