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Surrogates Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 30, 2011
Underneath its typical Hollywood exterior there is a decent movie waiting to shine through. But so much else is just typical of the genre, it's hard to summon any more enjoyment from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 25, 2009
For all the inspirations, the pieces of better stories that this tale was concocted from, Surrogates never manages to be anything more than a poor substitute for the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
September 27, 2009
While the film can't escape its own robotic storytelling and inability to elicit a genuine emotion, it does deserve credit for keeping the focus on people, not robots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 27, 2009
Surrogates is entertaining and ingenious, but it settles too soon for formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Zach Gibson
Empire Magazine Australasia
September 24, 2009
Beyond providing an excuse to sometimes wear a creepy wig which Barbie's boyfriend must want back, why Willis picked the shiny, empty Surrogates as his sci-fi return isn't clear from the tepid results on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
September 25, 2009
A twisty whodunit that is never quite believable or satisfying, especially when [Willis] tries to re-connect with the humanity he has lost by living such a sheltered life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 24, 2009
Just as the dystopian world the movie portrays is arid and specious, the movie itself is a mechanical sci-fi'er absent of logic or emotions.
September 25, 2009
Imagine that your Facebook page, complete with that airbrushed profile photo, can go out into "real" society and leave you at home twiddling your fingers, living vicariously through it. That's the general concept of Surrogates, where humans stay sh
Full Review | Original Score: 52/100
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
September 28, 2009
The picture trades in hoary Bruce Willis police procedural clichés and underdeveloped conceits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Setchfield
SFX Magazine
September 25, 2009
Wasting the chance to be a great, resonant SF metaphor, Surrogates ultimately proves as bland and empty as its pretty mechanical protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 24, 2009
Surely Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick and Stan Winston must be tossing in their grave for what all their creative and innovative ideas have wrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 26, 2009
Has an initially intriguing premise and plenty of slick production values, but it suffers from style over substance, diminishing suspense, and a plot that feels too bland, inane and ultimately underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
September 25, 2009
Too often it feels like one of the robotic surrogates was left in charge of the scripting and directing duties for large portions of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 27, 2009
If the whole point of this surrogate society is to appear as a perfectly beautiful avatar, why would Bruce Willis choose that ludicrous blond wig that looks like he plucked it off a mannequin at Boscov's?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matthew Razak
Examiner.com
September 25, 2009
Surrogates is yet another film that got swallowed by the Hollywood machine and spit out the other side. It's a surrogate of itself.
Jenna Busch
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
September 25, 2009
I wanted to love it. I was somewhat entertained. I'd like to go check out the graphic novelit is loosely based on. But it left me as emotionally cold as an unplugged surrogate.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
September 24, 2009
Half-baked and generic, Surrogates is entertaining enough for what it is, but a bland take on what could have been truly special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 14, 2009
Has all the get-up-and-go of a dead battery.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
January 22, 2010
Yetta nudder cautionary tale issuing dire warnings about the pitfalls of technology run amuck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
September 26, 2009
The ideas on display may prompt plenty of fruitful discussions in the coffee shop after the screening, but that still doesn't add up to a satisfying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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