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Simone (2002)



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

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 questionable, he doesn't realize the potential of the idea to digitally incorporate a character into his otherwise unsalvageable film. However, in time, not only the director and the entire studio, but American pop culture at large will grow to embrace Simone. As Taransky earns popularity and acclaim via the success of the digitally constructed actress he "discovered," he struggles to define his own identity as an artist and a person, and finds that lying to cover up Simone's non-existence is altering his life entirely. His ex-wife and former employer Elaine (Catherine Keener) notices the difference in his personality, upsetting their daughter Lainey (Evan Rachel Wood) and her hopes of their reconciliation. Meanwhile, stray paparazzi turned private investigators threaten to make public incriminating evidence, which could destroy the limelight Taransky enjoys while "hiding" Simone. Amazingly, what Simone doesn't say or do creates all the more buzz, and causes Taransky to face the reality of his industry. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca), Simone takes a satirical approach to an otherwise fantastical comedy. ~ Sarah Sloboda, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Niccol
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 21, 2003
Box Office: $9.5M
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Al Pacino
as Viktor Taransky
Catherine Keener
as Elaine Christian
Evan Rachel Wood
as Lainey Christian
Jay Mohr
as Hal Sinclair
Winona Ryder
as Nicola Anders
Elias Koteas
as Hank Aleno
Stanley Anderson
as Frank Brand
Daniel von Bargen
as Chief Detective
Darnell Williams
as Studio Executive
Jim Rash
as Studio Executive
Ron Perkins
as Studio Executive
Jeff Williams
as Man in Suit
Mitzi Martin
as Premiere Audience Me...
Carol Androsky
as Premiere Audience Me...
Christopher Nieman
as Premiere Audience Me...
Jolie Jenkins
as Premiere Audience Me...
Derrex Brady
as Premiere Audience Me...
Lisa Cerasoli
as Premiere Audience Me...
Darrin Heames
as Premiere Audience Me...
Patrick Dancy
as Premiere Audience Me...
Adrian R'Mante
as Premiere Audience Me...
David Doty
as Theater Owner
Maureen Mueller
as Entertainment Report...
Barry Papick
as Security Guerd
James Gleason
as Reporter
Andi Carnick
as Reporter
Mark Thompson
as Reporter
Alan Laoyza
as Valet Manager
Echo Photographer
as Chris Coppola
Lombardo Boyar
as Paparazzi Photograph...
Rod Simmons
as Hewlett
Hal Ozsan
as Hotel Concierge
Jaehne Moebius
as Drunk Woman
Claudia Jordan
as Simone Stand-in
Henry D. Zapata
as Studio Executive
Christopher Comes
as Concert Promoter
Brad 'Chip' Pope
as Concert Technician
Gordon Simmons
as Concert Technician
Teresa Parente
as Talk Show Host
Bill A. Jones
as Talk Show Host
Clyde Tull
as Priest
Ronnie W. Elliot Sr.
as Arresting Officer
Charles Noland
as Detective
Christopher Marley
as Police Diver
Sean Cullen
as Viktor's Lawyer
Alec Murdock
as VBC Anchor
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Critic Reviews for Simone

All Critics (172) | Top Critics (43)

It goes on a little long, but isn't terrible.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Entertaining and provocative enough.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007

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

Full Review… | May 13, 2006
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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2005

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.

Full Review… | May 17, 2003
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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.

Kevin M. Williams

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.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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

Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

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