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Simone Reviews

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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 19, 2002
| Original Score: 2/4
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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-
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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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 23, 2002
Coolly observed, savvy satire.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 23, 2002
You don't so much admire the movie as feel bludgeoned by its attitudes, however commendable they may be.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 23, 2002
A witty and sharply written Hollywood satire that is entertaining, if a bit directionless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 23, 2002
Pushes its thesis way past the breaking point of even the most gullible or charitable of viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 23, 2002
While Simone has its strengths, perhaps we should have waited for version 2.0.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 23, 2002
Uses a premise involving fantasy computer technology as a jumping- off point to say some pertinent things about longing and idolatry in the modern age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 23, 2002
Pacino is the best he's been in years and Keener is marvelous.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 23, 2002
The film isn't much, but Pacino's nimble actor's mind, the way it animates his haggard face and puts his voice and body at the character's service, is something no computer can touch.
| Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 23, 2002
It not only has a star created by a computer, it has a script that could have been created in one as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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August 23, 2002
Simone is not a bad film. It just doesn't have anything really interesting to say.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 23, 2002
It's fitfully funny but never really takes off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 23, 2002
A ragbag of promising ideas and failed narrative, of good acting and plain old bad filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 23, 2002
Despite Pacino's formidable skills, it's not very interesting to watch him tap at a keyboard and mumble.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
August 23, 2002
Staggers between flaccid satire and what is supposed to be madcap farce.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 23, 2002
If this is satire, it's the smug and self-congratulatory kind that lets the audience completely off the hook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 23, 2002
Bounces around haphazardly, at some moments steeping in its juvenile irony and bitterness, at others trying to become exactly the kind of Hollywood light entertainment it decries, and all without any relationship to the real world.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 23, 2002
A pleasing, often-funny comedy.
| Original Score: B
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 22, 2002
It's tepid and vapid.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2002
Unpleasantly glib and relentlessly shallow.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 22, 2002
An artificial movie about an artificial actress.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 22, 2002
Simone, for all its flaws, offers an enjoyable look at the machinations of moviedom and fame.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 22, 2002
When your subject is illusion versus reality, shouldn't the reality seem at least passably real?
| Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 22, 2002
A clever, innovative satire of movies and consumer technology that marches to its own drumbeat and comes up with continual surprises.
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Lisa Kennedy
L.A. Weekly
August 22, 2002
Niccol gives audiences a very amusing puzzle about authenticity, fraud, and the uses and abuses of technology.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 22, 2002
Simone doesn't have anything to say about the vapidity of celebrity culture, other than the obvious.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
August 22, 2002
A high-concept idea in search of plot, a few new wrinkles and a more playful or perverse approach.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 22, 2002
Instead of piercing flesh and tinsel, the satiric shots almost slither off the screen.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 22, 2002
A smart and funny, albeit sometimes superficial, cautionary tale of a technology in search of an artist.
| Original Score: B-
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 20, 2002
Niccol has yet to make a film that follows through on his massive ambition, but with conceits this brilliant, he can get away with leaving them only partially realized.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 20, 2002
This is the case of a pregnant premise being wasted by a script that takes few chances and manages to insult the intelligence of everyone in the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
August 19, 2002
In the real world, an actor this uncharismatically beautiful would have a résumé loaded with credits like "Girl in Bar #3."
Full Review | Original Score: 44/100
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Scott Foundas
Variety
August 16, 2002
Ultimately feels like just one more in the long line of films this year about the business of making movies.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 16, 2002
Never fully establishes the credibility of its premise nor does the satire have much sting.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2002
Niccol doesn't just make his point about the death of authenticity in today's Hollywood, he hammers it home until the movie collapses.