Not a bad movie, just an unambitious one.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Niccol cleverly tweaks Hollywood's delusional obsession with itself.
Simone is about a person who doesn't exist, and by the time it ends you wonder if there's even as much substance in the person who made it.
| Original Score: D
What I saw, I enjoyed.
Simone is as appealing to watch as the sexy virtual siren herself. A little empty-headed, sure, but still cheerful fun.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Control-Alt-Delete Simone as quickly as possible
| Original Score: D+
Simone has a lot of things going for it in terms of its ideas. [But] the backbone, the very narrative here, is faulty... and as such it's just a flat ride.
| Original Score: C-
Niccol smartly contrasts the bland, blond beauty of computer-colored Simone ... with the brunet vividness of Keener.
| Original Score: B-
There are some pretty broad scenes, but it's a surprisingly adult examination of the power of myth, specifically the wholly manufactured myths of the modern age.
| Original Score: 4/5
The real theme here is the destructive nature of increasingly good special effects and how filmmakers become over-reliant on them.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Though at times the satire is over the top, Simone raises some interesting and troubling questions about the future of cinema.
An industry satire that's less funny than half-empty and hyper-designed.
Simone tells us about the sweet opium of movies and how much we crave it.
| Original Score: 2/5
You might want to take a reality check before you pay the full ticket price to see "Simone," and consider a DVD rental instead.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
By avoiding provocation, it's so thin that it barely sustains viewer interest for two hours.
Simone was not destroyed by a virus, but by an idea that never took shape.
Niccol's sluggish pacing belabors his one-joke script, and he makes a major miscalculation: Simone herself is too bland and vapid to justify her superstardom.
Maybe a computer nerd could digitally create a director who knows how to end a movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
The film succeeds as a comedy because Niccol is great at teasing out the implications of his main idea and then developing an economical and frequently witty plot around them.
| Original Score: 3/5
It can't properly manage its wonderful conceit, and proves ultimately too timid to make the impression it really should.
| Original Score: C