Gattaca (1997)



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

Movie Info

In the guise of a science fiction film, Andrew Niccol's Gattaca raises issues about human stamina, the limitations caused by classifications, and real identity versus perception. It relates a young man's lifetime quest to become an astronaut in a futuristic setting that disallows progression of inadequate humans to higher societal ranks. Not having the genetically engineered superiority that his brother had, Vincent (Ethan Hawke) abandons his family and his hopeless past for an illegal … More

Rating: PG-13 (For brief violent images, language and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew M. Niccol, Andrew Niccol
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 5, 1998
Columbia Pictures


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as Director Joseph

as Detective Hugo

as Anton

as Marie

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as Young Vincent

as Young Anton

as German

as Geneticist

as Delivery Nurse

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as Pre-School Teacher

as Younger Vincent

as Younger Anton

as Personnel Officer

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as Cop On The Beat

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as Blood Test Detective

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Critic Reviews for Gattaca

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (12)

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?

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 5, 2006
Top Critic

Chilly, elegant, and a little bloodless.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Designer babies rule dystopia in stylish SF thriller filled with recycled plot devices.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It predicts the way the world would change in 2001--and how our films would reflect that change.

Full Review… | April 2, 2008
Film Freak Central

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

March 21, 2008
Groucho Reviews

Audience Reviews for Gattaca

An amzing sci fi classic. Hawke and Thurman shine. The whole idea of gene manipulation in the future is such a scary storyline.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Little known film with big actors and an intriguing story-line.

Wildaly M

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