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Hackers Reviews

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Hackers isn't a very good movie, but it's a darn sight more fun than The Net.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2013
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A disjointed yet generally enjoyable stint at the movies, even for those who don't know an infobahn from a nanosecond.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 3, 2013
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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The story is negligible, but it offers the same order of fun as a good rock video: the marriage of images and music.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 3, 2013

Film4

Silly but enjoyable.

Full Review Source: Film4

January 14, 2011
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine

A plot thinner than an LCD monitor doesn't prevent the bombastic fun, and the young cast help it hurtle along.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 14, 2011
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 14, 2011

stupid and entertaining, to some nostalgia degree

| Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2006

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Dragan Antulov
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Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

April 10, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

March 27, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie is well directed, written and acted, and while it is no doubt true that in real life no hacker could do what the characters in this movie do, it is no doubt equally true that what hackers can do would not make a very entertaining movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Silly, predictable, and, dare I say it, oddly endearing, Hackers is the first film I've seen in a long while that annoyed me so much I actually enjoyed it.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Mike Clark
USA Today
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To its credit, Hackers recalls the pumped-up energy of Pump Up the Volume, as well as its casting prowess.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

The real draw to Hackers is that it is so unexpectedly funny. Really funny.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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 Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

May 3, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

May 3, 2013
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 3, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

September 7, 2011
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Even if you bought DOS for Dummies, there's nothing in HACKERS that will stretch your brain.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 14, 2011
Joe Leydon
Variety
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There is a great deal more style than substance here.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 9, 2008
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