Virtuosity (1995)



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In this science-fiction thriller set in the near future, Sid 6.7, a computer-generated composite of the world's worst serial killers, breaks out of virtual reality and begins to kill in the real world. To combat this monster, the police force is forced to call a disgraced cop back into service.

Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Bernt
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 1999
Paramount Home Video

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Critic Reviews for Virtuosity

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (11)

The presence of Washington lends the picture a much-needed dose of authenticity. But in the end Virtuosity is disconnected and uninvolving.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Though Virtuosity connects all the dots to give audiences a roller-coaster ride, the movie begets nothing new: It's stillborn.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Virtuosity doesn't always compute, but like last summer's Speed, it is far more fully realized cinematically than many less commercial, more serious pictures.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Someone should tell Hollywood that the mass-killer genre is dead and that its virtual reality counterpart is already wheezing.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

The world of Virtuosity may be spanking new, but the ideas are yesterday's news.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Given Washington's presence and the promise of a virtual reality action story, Virtuosity has some appeal -- provided, of course, the viewers aren't selective.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Virtuosity

What if a really bad computer game villain (Crowe, so over-the-top he's fun) escaped into the real world and Washington's the only cop who can take him? Cops and bad guys battle it out in the future!

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Despite two of the biggest stars in the business, Virtuosity never is able to maintain any entertainment out of a decent premise. Denzel Washington is slumming here, and yet he still manages to make the movie watchable. Russel Crowe's villain is a virtual reality creation of about 200 different killers (from Jack the Ripper, to Charles Manson, and finally the guy who killed Denzel Washington's characters family) who escapes into the real world. Russel Crowe is completely defeated by the role. He has multiple personalities he has to incorporate and it makes his character uneven and at times hilariously over the top. I never felt for one minute like he was menacing or terrifying. Add in a mediocre production surrounding the two stars and a plot that doesn't do much and you have wasted potential. I expected more from this movie.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer


A little too Sci-fi for me in that there were gadgets and effects for gadgets and effects sake. Personally I think this film is way below the standard of the acting capabilities of both Washington and Crowe.

It fails completely in the excitement area.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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