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Simone Reviews

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Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
September 6, 2002
Not a bad movie, just an unambitious one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 4, 2002
Niccol cleverly tweaks Hollywood's delusional obsession with itself.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
September 3, 2002
Simone is about a person who doesn't exist, and by the time it ends you wonder if there's even as much substance in the person who made it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
September 3, 2002
What I saw, I enjoyed.
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
September 2, 2002
Simone is as appealing to watch as the sexy virtual siren herself. A little empty-headed, sure, but still cheerful fun.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
September 2, 2002
Control-Alt-Delete Simone as quickly as possible
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 30, 2002
Simone has a lot of things going for it in terms of its ideas. [But] the backbone, the very narrative here, is faulty... and as such it's just a flat ride.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2002
Niccol smartly contrasts the bland, blond beauty of computer-colored Simone ... with the brunet vividness of Keener.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 28, 2002
There are some pretty broad scenes, but it's a surprisingly adult examination of the power of myth, specifically the wholly manufactured myths of the modern age.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 27, 2002
The real theme here is the destructive nature of increasingly good special effects and how filmmakers become over-reliant on them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 27, 2002
Though at times the satire is over the top, Simone raises some interesting and troubling questions about the future of cinema.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 27, 2002
An industry satire that's less funny than half-empty and hyper-designed.
Jeet Thayil
Rediff.com
August 27, 2002
Simone tells us about the sweet opium of movies and how much we crave it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 26, 2002
You might want to take a reality check before you pay the full ticket price to see "Simone," and consider a DVD rental instead.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 26, 2002
By avoiding provocation, it's so thin that it barely sustains viewer interest for two hours.
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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 26, 2002
Simone was not destroyed by a virus, but by an idea that never took shape.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 26, 2002
Niccol's sluggish pacing belabors his one-joke script, and he makes a major miscalculation: Simone herself is too bland and vapid to justify her superstardom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)
August 26, 2002
Maybe a computer nerd could digitally create a director who knows how to end a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 26, 2002
It can't properly manage its wonderful conceit, and proves ultimately too timid to make the impression it really should.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY
August 26, 2002
The film succeeds as a comedy because Niccol is great at teasing out the implications of his main idea and then developing an economical and frequently witty plot around them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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