Conceiving Ada (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Conceiving Ada (1999)




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Lynn Hershman Leeson's Sci-Fi adventure is an imaginary biography of the real-life Lady Ada Lovelace , daughter of Lord Byron, a mathematics genius a century ahead of her time. A computer expert is somehow able to contact her through virtual reality.


Tilda Swinton
as Ada Byron King
Karen Black
as Lady Byron/Mother Coer
John O'Keefe
as Charles Babbage
J.D. Wolfe
as Nicholas Clayton
John Perry Barlow
as John Crosse
Owen Murphy
as William Lovelace
Esther Mulligan
as Mary Shelley
Mark Capri
as Dr. Locock
Pollyanna Jacobs
as Cocktail Server
Lillan L. Malmberg
as Anne Isabelle Byron
Cyrus Mare
as Ralph Byron
David Brooks
as Children's Tutor
Michael Oosterom
as Lord Byron
Kashka Peck
as Teenage Ada
Rose Lockwood
as Child Ada/Claire
Charles Pinion
as CD-ROM Byron
Chris von Sneidern
as Musician in the Elevator
Joe Wemple
as Priest/Talk Show Host
Lavay Smith
as Lead Singer
Bing Nathan
as Upright Bass
Bill Stewart
as Alto Sax
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Critic Reviews for Conceiving Ada

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

The entire package has a loony, uncommonly intelligent combination that could be appealing for adventurous viewers.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

There is enough unbroken time with Swinton's Ada to make watching Conceiving Ada worthwhile.

Full Review… | January 8, 2007
Film Journal International

The thinking person's thriller.

April 27, 2003
Killer Movie Reviews

An innovatively feminist film in which two women struggle to give birth to something that will be lasting despite the intrusion of others.

Full Review… | March 5, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

For those on the lookout for a brainy non-Hollywood film, this one should prove to be more than satisfactory.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Conceiving Ada


Sort of a loopy viewing experience, but this hybrid biopic of 19th female mathematician and Lloyd Byron daughter Ada King held my attention because of the novelty and richness of its ideas, and, I must say, the truly inventive casting, which include not only the divine Tilda Swinton, but Karen Black (!), Timothy Leary, and Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow, with music by The Residents! Needless to say, a thoroughly San Francisco experience. At its heart, this is an exploration of code as craft and consciousness, which allows one to make allowances for the fairly amateurish effects (though I did enjoy the composited virtual Victoriana).

Nick Demartino
Nick Demartino

For those on the lookout for a close-to-brainy innovatively-feminist non-Hollywood film, this one should prove to be more than satisfactory.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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