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Virtuosity (1995)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7

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In a futuristic, high-tech world run by huge corporations, Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) is an L.A. policeman serving time for killing the psychotic who murdered his wife and child. Lindenmeyer (Stephen Spinella), a Dr. Frankenstein of the computer era, has created a monster, Sid 6.7 (Russell Crowe), a virtual reality entity which is programmed with the character traits of scores of mass murderers. Sid 6.7 has escaped the control of its creator and is now running amok. The privatized police

May 25, 1999

Paramount Home Video

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

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Though Virtuosity connects all the dots to give audiences a roller-coaster ride, the movie begets nothing new: It's stillborn.

May 12, 2001
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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.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The world of Virtuosity may be spanking new, but the ideas are yesterday's news.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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
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Shallow stuff, but the solid visual effects, decent stunts, and the work of Washington and Crowe make it watchable.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

The worst movie that could possibly be made starring Crowe and Washington

October 31, 2002 | Comment (1)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Despite the fact that it treads recycled waters, Leonard's film is an enjoyable ride.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

There's a tiredness to its action sequences and a dullness about its plotting that no amount of special-effects legerdemain can hide.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

There are some interesting ideas at work here, with potential for commentary on news vs. entertainment and violence in America. But it remains unexplored.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Virtuosity is 95 minutes of unsubstantial firefights and meandering plot twists.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Lots of techno buzzwords aside, there is not much new to this affair and one rather hopes that Leonard could have done something more original with the material at hand.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Disappointing action movie which doesn't ever fully exploit the possibilities of its premise.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter

It takes a while to get rolling, and the early character development is weak, but pretty soon, everyone's caught up in this innovative take on the cat and mouse game.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Make no mistake about it, Brett Leonard's Virtuosity seems like a less-filling nouvelle dish full of sci-fi action. But what it really is, is 100% all beef.

January 1, 2000
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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!
July 28, 2011

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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.
January 31, 2010

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Verging on ?So bad, it?s quite good? territory!
September 24, 2009

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.
September 11, 2009

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