Ex Machina Reviews

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October 23, 2019
[Alex Garland's] futuristic vision is no less ominous for its relatively low-key approach but, disappointingly, falls back on genre cliche and a tired depiction of gender relations.
August 22, 2018
Even on more trashier terms, there was still a chance Ex Machina might have still worked for me, had Garland refrained from resorting to the kind of cruel, mean-spirited measures that marred some of his best known work.
August 14, 2017
If you want to make a film about how it's not okay to objectify women, the first step is to not make a film that spends its entire run time objectifying its women.
August 2, 2017
Too aptly titled, Ex Machina morphs into that most clichéd, if admittedly appealing, of recent genres: a sci-fi noir.
June 6, 2015
Presents some interesting questions...but right when the film should be hitting us with some 'a-ha!' moments it swerves into voyeuristic contrivances.
April 23, 2015
After tantalizing us with increasingly imaginative developments and the promise of catharsis, Garland lets it all dribble away at the end.
April 22, 2015
A B-movie that tried to be something better but stayed a B-movie.
April 20, 2015
Alex Garland has written some of the best science fiction films of this century, so it's startling to see him succeed more as a director than as a writer here.
April 17, 2015
Premise grabs, but more like excruciating eventually. I, Nobot.
April 17, 2015
It's the predictability that ultimately hurts "Ex Machina". Talk about killing the suspense ---
April 17, 2015
The ideas here don't breathe. They simply take us from one plot point to the next.
April 16, 2015
More tricky than smart.
April 10, 2015
The writer and director, Alex Garland, keeps the movie so full of doomy atmosphere that expecting the worst sort of becomes a treat. But gradually the hypnosis wears off, the mystique dissipates, and banalities take over.
Top Critic
April 9, 2015
Reasonably diverting until its predictable (and predictably misogynistic) outcome.
April 9, 2015
Clever novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland makes a half-dandy directorial debut with Ex Machina, a sci-fi film that - like much of his work - fakes excitingly in the direction of breaking new ground before turning formulaic so fast.
April 6, 2015
Beautifully crafted, but empty at its core.
March 25, 2015
The real question may be: can our philosophies about artificial intelligence evolve with our stories?
March 20, 2015
There comes a point where, if we have been paying attention, we know what will happen once a character walks out a door.
March 19, 2015
In the end, more than just the machine remains an enigma.
January 23, 2015
There's nothing fresh or even usefully true in its cartoonish dichotomy about men, but this pseudo-SF flick will expound upon it with pretentious tedium.
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