Hackers Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 25, 2015
Cutting-edge ideas can't quite compensate for a banal storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 21, 2015
Rarely do movies try-and fail-as hard to be cool as Hackers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Dustin Putman
August 17, 2015
An onslaught of lame plotting, dopey writing and cornball histrionics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 3, 2013
Hackers isn't a very good movie, but it's a darn sight more fun than The Net.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 3, 2013
The real crime of cyberpunks is that they have encouraged Hollywood to make several bad movies aimed at exploiting this new lifestyle niche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 3, 2013
A disjointed yet generally enjoyable stint at the movies, even for those who don't know an infobahn from a nanosecond.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 3, 2013
After the mechanics of the thriller plot start to kick in, the film drags. And when it's time for the big cyber-showdown, we're stuck, once again, with footage of frantic typing.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 3, 2013
This is a movie that sums up the worst of the computer era: zapping you with techno-cliches and trapping you in constant visual crash and burn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
May 3, 2013
The story is negligible, but it offers the same order of fun as a good rock video: the marriage of images and music.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
What's most grating about Hackers, however, is the guileless way the movie buys in to the computer-kid-as-elite-rebel mystique currently being peddled by magazines like Wired.
Full Review | Original Score: D

January 14, 2011
Silly but enjoyable.
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
January 14, 2011
A plot thinner than an LCD monitor doesn't prevent the bombastic fun, and the young cast help it hurtle along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 14, 2011
Even if you bought DOS for Dummies, there's nothing in HACKERS that will stretch your brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 14, 2011
Without being any sort of miracle, this engaging and lively exploitation fantasy-thriller about computer hackers, anarchistic in spirit, succeeds at just about everything The Net failed to.
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Joe Leydon
June 9, 2008
There is a great deal more style than substance here.
August 9, 2006
stupid and entertaining, to some nostalgia degree
| Original Score: 3/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
June 30, 2006
You gotta love some of the horrible dialogue in this flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The sappy ending's hard to take, but the on-line showdown between The Plague, the Secret Service and the united worldwide community of hackers is nail-biting.
Scott Weinberg
April 6, 2005
As good as a feature length music video can possibly be.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Though this scheme involves loads of important data, it manages to sound dopey all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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