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Sphere Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
August 5, 2008
An empty shell.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Three major stars being involved, it all wraps up happily but implausibly.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The central idea for Sphere is an intriguing one, but similar concepts have been much better executed on episodes of Star Trek, which makes one wonder why movie writing is allowed to be so bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 2, 2004
Word 'pointless' is the one that should be attributed to this whole film, one of the worst to come from Hollywood in past decade and one that would test patience and temper of the audience like few others.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/10
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
August 12, 2003
Let's face facts: Michael Crichton is a hack. He comes up with innovative concepts, but his characters are cardboard cutouts. Given the psychological foundations of the story, that's an egregious flaw, and the ending is absurdly dissatisfying.
| Original Score: D
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
If you want a better sci-fi film go see Dark City. A better Levinson movie? Try Wag the Dog.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Packaged as a smart psychological drama, it gradually dissolves into a badly edited action thriller, albeit one obscured by a cast of top notch talent.
| Original Score: 2/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
For a movie of a novel written by Michael Crichton with such a capable cast, Sphere is quite a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brandon Judell
Critics Inc./America Online
January 2, 2003
Sphere yearns to be a philosophical epic but it's final and only edict is so rudimentary as to barely exist: man is not yet 'ready' either intellectually or emotionally for the gifts E.T.'s are willing to share with us.
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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
You can't accuse the makers of Sphere of skimping on talent. If only they knew what to do with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
The ending, though emotionally satisfying, collapses under scrutiny. This lack of payoff is a real flaw in a film pitched to a discriminating sci-fi mentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cathy Thompson-Georges
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Sphere is not trashy, or silly, or exploitative; a lot of talent has been used to good effect here. But in the final analysis, fine filmmaking cannot overcome mediocre material.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Given its situational premise -- outer space goes underwater -- Sphere is filled with visual potential, yet Levinson can't tap it. He's just a whole lot more comfortable trying to tame the human software than the technical hardware.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 1, 2002
A sci-fi thriller that presents a riveting and rounded anatomy of fear.
June 14, 2001
We snuck guiltily into the almost-empty theatre, already prepared to hate it. But we were ill prepared, all the same...We have nothing to sphere but Sphere itself.
Full Review| Original Score: 0/10
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
As the umpteenth entrant in the We-Are-Not-Alone sweepstakes, Sphere feels awfully familiar because it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
I found the film interesting and somewhat engrossing, but the characters weren't developed enough to make it a better than average film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
While this is no quick-witted treat on a par with Mr. Levinson's Wag the Dog, it's a solid thriller with showy scientific overtones.
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Somewhere out there, maybe there's a small cadre of film-goers who will appreciate Sphere's dubious charms, but I'm not among them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Sphere winds up just a load of balls.
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