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On_Line Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 11, 2003
It does a good job of portraying the day-to-day life of these online obsessives, but we realize eventually that they are more interesting because they are online.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
March 29, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
Eric D. Snider
September 18, 2002
The same old 'people are lonely' whining, only with new technology.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremiah Kipp
June 26, 2003
If On_Line fails as a narrative, at least it can purport to be the first movie showing foreplay-to-climax sex chat masturbation sequences.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
June 24, 2003
The movie epitomizes the problems inherent in attempting to depict new (and constantly morphing) media -- the inevitable obsolescence, the intangible particularities that resist or get lost in translation.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 27, 2003
Watching On_Line is a dispiriting experience that leaves you with a nagging 'Is that all there is?' feeling about sex in general.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 27, 2003
While On Line pretends to be about cyber sex ... it's really about sitcom situations and cyber-schmaltz.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
June 27, 2003
Take away the computers and DSL lines and it's the 1950s of Jules Feiffer and Mike Nichols and Elaine May all over again, without the shrewdness and bite.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 11, 2003
There's something so familiar and commonplace about this story and its characters -- and maybe that has something to do with how much the Internet is a part of our everyday lives -- it's hard to get particularly thrilled.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 3, 2003
Amateurish drivel, which is headed for Skinemax in a hurry.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 26, 2003
What lingers here is great sadness for a lost Atari generation.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
June 26, 2003
It's really just about a bunch of pathetic losers whiling away the hours with their hands jammed down their pants.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Erich Scholz
June 27, 2003
Writer-director Jed Weintrob is so busy trying to make important statements about human relationships in the cyber age that he loses control of his whiny, unlikable characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
June 27, 2003
It makes you wonder, is there is a market for soft-porn movies for lonely geeks? Isn't that what computers are for in the first place?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
July 25, 2003
Weintrob's stylish visuals mimic Web technologies, which succeed in making his characters seem all the more removed from reality. Now if someone would find a way to equip theater seats with a 'delete' key, we could be rid of them completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 27, 2003
This would-be erotic thriller suffers from the same problem that afflicts so many computer-oriented movies -- namely, that watching characters staring at a screen and typing hardly makes for a thrilling cinematic experience.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
June 27, 2003
Structurally innovative, if not terribly insightful, look at sex in the digital age.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
June 27, 2003
A triumph of formula over substance.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
July 1, 2003
Doomed by Weintrob's passion for the Web, his passionless characters are little more than manipulated 'bots' -- and audiences, absenting possible hipster appeal, may vote more zeroes than ones for this digital tale.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 3, 2003
On_Line is the kind of thing I dread -- a movie about digital technology directed by an expert in interactive media and video games.
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