Hackers Reviews

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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
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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
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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
Variety
June 9, 2008
There is a great deal more style than substance here.
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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.
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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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David Kronke
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
It gives you more insight into the minds of Hollywood hacks than of computer hackers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
How do you make typing look exciting?
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Mike Clark
USA Today
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
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Tirelessly modish, hyper-glossy, super-superficial. It's also cacophonous. And, for all of its drum-beating for brain power, dumb.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
What's uncovered beneath the flashy skin is an old-fashioned, film-by-numbers thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
What it lacks in substance and plausibility it makes up in inventive imagery and deft shadings of a world of scheming cyberpunks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4