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Simone (2002)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 80 | Rotten: 77

The satire in S1m0ne lacks bite, and the plot isn't believable enough to feel relevant.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 25

The satire in S1m0ne lacks bite, and the plot isn't believable enough to feel relevant.



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Movie Info

Is the time approaching when a persona in its entirety could be a mere fabrication of modern culture and technology? Or did Hollywood enter that time long ago? Either way Viktor Taransky (Al Pacino) finds himself growing more and more aware of the media-obsessed culture in which he tries to earn his living. Taransky is a film director struggling to survive in an industry that doesn't require or want his artistic vision. When first he meets a stranger whose vision is considered somewhat


Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Andrew Niccol

Jan 21, 2003


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Niccol smartly contrasts the bland, blond beauty of computer-colored Simone ... with the brunet vividness of Keener.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Though at times the satire is over the top, Simone raises some interesting and troubling questions about the future of cinema.

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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An industry satire that's less funny than half-empty and hyper-designed.

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Coolly observed, savvy satire.

August 23, 2002
Washington Post
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You don't so much admire the movie as feel bludgeoned by its attitudes, however commendable they may be.

August 23, 2002
Washington Post
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A witty and sharply written Hollywood satire that is entertaining, if a bit directionless.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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It goes on a little long, but isn't terrible.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Fails on all points of plot, characterization, plausibility and realism...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Entertaining and provocative enough.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source:

Low-key comedy about Hollywood absurdities is aided by some great acting talent and a lot of funny in-jokes.

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Niccol makes what seems like a preposterous idea not only fresh and entertaining, but most of all reveals said idea to be not at all far removed from reality.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source:

Para funcionar da melhor maneira, a sátira tem sempre que manter um pé na realidade. Porém, ao perder este contato com o mundo real, S1m0ne se transforma em fábula - e sua força desaparece.

May 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena above-average sophomoric effort from [director Andrew] Niccol.

February 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

If you're expecting a scathing commentary on our media obsessed times, then Simone isn't it. If you're expecting a funny comedy, then Simone isn't it either.

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

There was a time when I could say, 'I never met an Al Pacino movie I didn't like.' Oh, well-all things must pass.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

A brilliant satire of the film industry.

January 8, 2003
Cinema Sight

Not only has the filmmaker elected to address some extremely well worn themes, he evidently has little new to say about them.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

We can see that Simone looks fake, and we can tell that her acting is flat and lifeless, and it is embarrassingly obvious that Roberts is unable to capture the gestures of the great performers her character supposed to be made from. So what's the point?

November 3, 2002

Niccol has come up with one of the sharpest parodies around of Tinseltown and the media establishment that feeds on it.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

The action unwinds with energy and wit, so far as it goes, and Mr. Pacino's zest for his absurd role is amusing.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

While the script starts promisingly, it loses steam towards the middle and never really develops beyond attacking obvious target.

October 13, 2002 Full Review Source:

Maybe there is a lesson in a movie that offers us a dumpster full of cardboard cutouts of Winona Ryder.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

Simone as an icon (nyuk nyuk) is a combination of Pygmalion and Narcissus ? how apt. Elegantly done.

October 2, 2002 Full Review

Vale la pena como comedia ligera, aunque hubiera preferido un tono más serio sobre el tema...

September 25, 2002

In the movie, fictional director Viktor Taransky has a CGI actress that he bills as flesh and blood; in real life, director Andrew Nichol has a flesh-and-blood actress that he bills as CGI.

September 20, 2002
Decent Films Guide

a media satire that ultimately lacks bite

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Simone

Its all Al Pacino's show in this Twilight Zone cousin wherein a toymaker's creation seems to come to life. I wished they'd've gone a few more steps than they only suggested (for instance, giving Simulation One some recognizable traits from some actresses to complete the illusion instead of the vacuous automaton we get), but Al still gives us a fun enough ride for the money.
May 13, 2013

Super Reviewer

Unusual for Al Pacino tot take on such a role of a slightly Comedic fashion, in a film that wasn't really really great.

I like the concept of the film and it's obviously not an out of reach techology to perform, but I guess it sums up a lot metaphorically about celebrity and their followers too.
July 10, 2011

Super Reviewer

Pacino, film making & computer geekiness. LOOOL at the 5 inch floppy disk used! Havent seen this one in a long time
September 19, 2010
Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

Interesting idea, I thought it was much better than everyone seemed to think at the time.
September 30, 2009

Super Reviewer

    1. Viktor Taransky: I'm telling the truth, and I don't feel so good.
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