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Simone (2002)

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Critic Consensus: The satire in S1m0ne lacks bite, and the plot isn't believable enough to feel relevant.

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Is the time approaching when a persona in its entirety could be a mere fabrication of modern culture and technology? Or did Hollywood enter that time long ago? Either way Viktor Taransky (Al Pacino) finds himself growing more and more aware of the media-obsessed culture in which he tries to earn his living. Taransky is a film director struggling to survive in an industry that doesn't require or want his artistic vision. When first he meets a stranger whose vision is considered somewhat questionable, he doesn't realize the potential of the idea to digitally incorporate a character into his otherwise unsalvageable film. However, in time, not only the director and the entire studio, but American pop culture at large will grow to embrace Simone. As Taransky earns popularity and acclaim via the success of the digitally constructed actress he "discovered," he struggles to define his own identity as an artist and a person, and finds that lying to cover up Simone's non-existence is altering his life entirely. His ex-wife and former employer Elaine (Catherine Keener) notices the difference in his personality, upsetting their daughter Lainey (Evan Rachel Wood) and her hopes of their reconciliation. Meanwhile, stray paparazzi turned private investigators threaten to make public incriminating evidence, which could destroy the limelight Taransky enjoys while "hiding" Simone. Amazingly, what Simone doesn't say or do creates all the more buzz, and causes Taransky to face the reality of his industry. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca), Simone takes a satirical approach to an otherwise fantastical comedy. ~ Sarah Sloboda, Rovi

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Cast

Al Pacino
as Viktor Taransky
Catherine Keener
as Elaine Christian
Evan Rachel Wood
as Lainey Christian
Jay Mohr
as Hal Sinclair
Winona Ryder
as Nicola Anders
Elias Koteas
as Hank Aleno
Stanley Anderson
as Frank Brand
Daniel von Bargen
as Chief Detective
Darnell Williams
as Studio Executive
Jim Rash
as Studio Executive
Ron Perkins
as Studio Executive
Jeff Williams
as Man in Suit
Mitzi Martin
as Premiere Audience Member
Carol Androsky
as Premiere Audience Member
Christopher Nieman
as Premiere Audience Member
Jolie Jenkins
as Premiere Audience Member
Derrex Brady
as Premiere Audience Member
Lisa Cerasoli
as Premiere Audience Member
Darrin Heames
as Premiere Audience Member
Patrick Dancy
as Premiere Audience Member
Adrian R'Mante
as Premiere Audience Member
David Doty
as Theater Owner
Maureen Mueller
as Entertainment Reporter
Barry Papick
as Security Guerd
James Gleason
as Reporter
Andi Carnick
as Reporter
Mark Thompson
as Reporter
Alan Laoyza
as Valet Manager
Echo Photographer
as Chris Coppola
Lombardo Boyar
as Paparazzi Photographer
Rod Simmons
as Hewlett
Hal Ozsan
as Hotel Concierge
Jaehne Moebius
as Drunk Woman
Claudia Jordan
as Simone Stand-in
Henry D. Zapata
as Studio Executive
Christopher Comes
as Concert Promoter
Brad 'Chip' Pope
as Concert Technician
Gordon Simmons
as Concert Technician
Teresa Parente
as Talk Show Host
Bill A. Jones
as Talk Show Host
Clyde Tull
as Priest
Ronnie W. Elliot Sr.
as Arresting Officer
Charles Noland
as Detective
Christopher Marley
as Police Diver
Sean Cullen (II)
as Viktor's Lawyer
Alec Murdock
as VBC Anchor
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Critic Reviews for Simone

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (38)

Niccol smartly contrasts the bland, blond beauty of computer-colored Simone ... with the brunet vividness of Keener.

Full Review… | August 29, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Though at times the satire is over the top, Simone raises some interesting and troubling questions about the future of cinema.

August 27, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

An industry satire that's less funny than half-empty and hyper-designed.

August 27, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

Coolly observed, savvy satire.

August 23, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

You don't so much admire the movie as feel bludgeoned by its attitudes, however commendable they may be.

August 23, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

A witty and sharply written Hollywood satire that is entertaining, if a bit directionless.

Full Review… | August 23, 2002
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Simone

Its all Al Pacino's show in this Twilight Zone cousin wherein a toymaker's creation seems to come to life. I wished they'd've gone a few more steps than they only suggested (for instance, giving Simulation One some recognizable traits from some actresses to complete the illusion instead of the vacuous automaton we get), but Al still gives us a fun enough ride for the money.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Unusual for Al Pacino tot take on such a role of a slightly Comedic fashion, in a film that wasn't really really great. I like the concept of the film and it's obviously not an out of reach techology to perform, but I guess it sums up a lot metaphorically about celebrity and their followers too.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Pacino, film making & computer geekiness. LOOOL at the 5 inch floppy disk used! Havent seen this one in a long time

Ginny  X
Ginny  X

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