Hackers Reviews

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
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
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.

Bruce Diones
New Yorker
Top Critic
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.

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
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
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.

Stefan Birgir Stefansson
August 9, 2006

stupid and entertaining, to some nostalgia degree

| Original Score: 3/4

Time Out
Top Critic
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.

Dragan Antulov
April 10, 2003

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 27, 2003

| Original Score: 3/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000

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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike Clark
USA Today
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

To its credit, Hackers recalls the pumped-up energy of Pump Up the Volume, as well as its casting prowess.

| Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
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.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
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
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
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
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
Joe Leydon
Top Critic
June 9, 2008

There is a great deal more style than substance here.

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