A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)



Critic Consensus: A curious, not always seamless, amalgamation of Kubrick's chilly bleakness and Spielberg's warm-hearted optimism, A.I. is, in a word, fascinating.

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Based on the 1969 short story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" by Brian Aldiss, this science fiction fantasy bears similarities to Pinocchio (1940) and originated as a long-gestating project of director Stanley Kubrick that passed to his friend Steven Spielberg after Kubrick's death. Haley Joel Osment stars as David Swinton, a young boy of the future, living in a time when the polar ice caps have melted and submerged many coastal cities. It's also a time when humans live side by side with "mechas," or sentient robots. When David discovers that he is not the biological son of his parents Henry (Sam Robards) and Monica (Frances O'Connor), but a cutting-edge robotic child meant to replace a natural son who died, he sets out to learn what he can of his true nature. Along the way, David is mentored by an entertainment and pleasure-providing mecha named Gigolo Joe (Jude Law). William Hurt, Brendan Gleeson, and narrator Ben Kingsley co-star in A.I., which was adapted from Kubrick's treatment by Spielberg, who takes his first crack at screenwriting since Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
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Jude Law
as Gigolo Joe
Sam Robards
as Henry
Jake Thomas
as Martin
William Hurt
as Prof. Hobby
Ken Leung
as Syatyoo-Sama
Brendan Gleeson
as Lord Johnson-Johnson
Michael Mantell
as Dr. Frazier
Jack Angel
as Teddy
Michael Berresse
as Stage Manager
Kathryn Morris
as Teenage Honey
Adrian Grenier
as Teen in Van
April Grace
as Female Colleague
Enrico Colantoni
as The Murderer
Ashley Scott
as Gigolo Jane
Clara Bellar
as FemMecha Nanny
Robin Williams
as Dr. Know
Ben Kingsley
as Specialist, Specialist/Narrator
Meryl Streep
as Blue Mecha
Keith Campbell
as Roadworker
Vito Carenzo
as Big Man
Clark Gregg
as Supernerd
Jim Jansen
as Chef
Lily Knight
as Voice in the Crowd
Matt Malloy
as Robot Repairman
John Prosky
as Mr. Williamson the Bellman
Diane Fletcher
as Sentient Machine Security
Eliza Coleman
as General Circuita
Miguel Pérez
as Robot Repairman
Matt Winston
as Executive
Sabrina Grdevich
as Secretary
Rena Owen
as Ticket Taker
Kevin Sussman
as Supernerd
Adam Alexi-Malle
as Crowd Member
Duane Buford
as The Flesh Fair Band
Bobby Harwell
as TV Face
Brent Sexton
as Russell
Daveigh Chase
as Child Singer
Tim Rigby
as Yeoman
Michael Fishman
as Teen in Van
Tom Gallop
as Supernerd
Claude Gilbert
as Cybertronics-Room 93056
Haley King
as Amanda
Red King
as Covert Information Retrieval
Justina Machado
as Assistant
Laurence Mason
as Tech Director/Luis Sarria
Kelly McCool
as Kate the Holographic Girl
Kate Nei
as Toe Bell Ringing
Ken Palmer
as Percussionist
Tim Edward Rhoze
as Laboratory Technician
Jeanine Salla
as Sentient Machine Therapist
Laia Salla
as Mr. Chan's Assistant
J. Alan Scott
as Worker
Billy Scudder
as Mechanic
Mark Staubach
as Teen in Van
Jason Sutter
as Percussionist
Brian Turk
as Backstage Bull
Wayne Wilderson
as Comedian
Al Jourgenson
as The Flesh Fair Band
Paul Barker
as The Flesh Fair Band
Max Brody
as The Flesh Fair Band
Ty Coon
as The Flesh Fair Band
Adam Grossman
as The Flesh Fair Band
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All Critics (190) | Top Critics (44)

A confined domestic drama, a considerable morality tale, a fleeting futuristic noir, a persecution parable, an on-the-nose fairy tale adventure... and then it keeps going.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
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At heart it's a terribly anguished expression of rejection, loneliness and love. If only it knew when to stop.

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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At heart it's a terribly anguished expression of rejection, loneliness and love. If only it knew when to stop.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Temperamentally, Spielberg and Kubrick are such polar opposites that A.I. has the moment-to-moment effect of being completely at odds with itself.

October 29, 2001
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The most puzzling, trippiest piece of pop fantasy of Spielberg's career.

July 16, 2001
Miami Herald
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The most philosophical film in Kubrick's canon, the most intelligent in Spielberg's, and quite possibly the film with the most contemporary relevance that either one has made since Kubrick released Dr. Strangelove in 1964.

July 16, 2001
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for A.I. Artificial Intelligence


mr. spielburg's continuing attempt to find the real filmmaker hiding inside of him...although still interesting

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence was a project originally started by director Stanley Kubrick, but never completed due to his death in 1999, and taken over by Steven Spielberg. Spielberg would craft this film based on notes that Kubrick left behind and was able to make a captivating, engaging picture that enthralled the viewer. The film has some striking visuals and wonderful acting along with a richly detailed storyline that grabs your attention from start to finish due to its intricate concept. Spielberg manages to make a fine picture here, and it's very interesting what he does with the material of another director, who unfortunately never got to make the film. However, with that being said, Spielberg manages to make something that is well constructed, entertaining, and thought provoking and memorable. As well as solid direction from Spielberg, he has a talented cast to work with, which only enhances the film's experience. A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a wonderful Sci Fi picture that displays a stunning amount of creativity and wonderful ideas. The film deals with an interesting subject, one that makes you ask questions, and that's what keeps you involved in the film. The fact that it makes you think with its concept is the key factor to the film's entertainment factor. The best way I would describe the film is a spider web of thought, a film that just amps up its ideas to make them standout more due to its intricate plot and direction. Fans of the genre will surely enjoy this riveting picture, and I must admit, I didn't expect to enjoy the film the way I did, but I was pleasantly surprised by the result. Upon watching the film you must ask yourself, how this film would have turned out if Stanley Kubrick would have had the opportunity to direct it if he hadn't died. Who know how much more ambitious the film would have been. Nonetheless, Spielberg managed to create something quite entertaining, captivating and memorable. A.I Artificial Intelligence is a worthwhile viewing experience that is enthralling right up to the final shot.

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Alex roy

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