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Simone Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
August 21, 2002
Any impact the film had as it questioned reality, the media, perception and Hollywood is erased like a reformatted hard drive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 23, 2002
It's fitfully funny but never really takes off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 20, 2002
This is the case of a pregnant premise being wasted by a script that takes few chances and manages to insult the intelligence of everyone in the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 23, 2002
S1m0ne is too b0r1ng to work as a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 16, 2002
Never fully establishes the credibility of its premise nor does the satire have much sting.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 22, 2002
Feels like a premise, followed by an hour of dead air, followed by an ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
September 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
August 21, 2002
The story really has no place to go since Simone is not real-she can't provide any conflict.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 23, 2002
You don't so much admire the movie as feel bludgeoned by its attitudes, however commendable they may be.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 26, 2002
It can't properly manage its wonderful conceit, and proves ultimately too timid to make the impression it really should.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
August 25, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 26, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
September 2, 2002
Control-Alt-Delete Simone as quickly as possible
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 23, 2002
Pushes its thesis way past the breaking point of even the most gullible or charitable of viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
August 25, 2002
Simone should have exposed more of its heartless hard drive to give this flimsy computerized comedy some more edgy kick in its absurdity devoted to creating an ideal image for pop culture pundits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Fails on all points of plot, characterization, plausibility and realism...
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 22, 2002
Niccol is working with Al Pacino, for crying out loud, and winds up rushing him through the same paces as Andrew McCarthy in Weekend at Bernie's.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 30, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
August 25, 2002
Simone is definitely nothing more than a renter.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 24, 2002
Geoff Carter
Las Vegas Weekly
September 11, 2003
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
August 23, 2002
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
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Arizona Republic
August 23, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 23, 2002

Boston Phoenix
August 24, 2002

This is London
October 26, 2002

FilmFour.com
October 29, 2002

Guardian
November 19, 2002

Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2003
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