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Sphere Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The only excellence is in the acting, and even then the screenplay puts the characters through so many U-turns that dramatic momentum is impossible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
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
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
August 5, 2008
An empty shell.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Most science fiction spectaculars these days have second-tier actors and first-tier special effects. Levinson tries second-tier effects, and first-tier actors, but never makes that exchange pay off for the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Three major stars being involved, it all wraps up happily but implausibly.
Bob Bloom
January 1, 2000
Sphere tries hard to be an intelligent genre piece, but a weak and convoluted storyline only leads to a disappointing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
I've seen Alien, and I've seen The Abyss -- hence, I had already seen Sphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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
Carlo Cavagna
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
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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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Sphere starts off as The Abyss, then turns into Event Horizon and finally turns out to be Forbidden Planet and Solaris.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dragan Antulov
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
David Keyes
January 1, 2000
It is an annoying and distracting movie, where the actors lose all of their prospect for existing, and the story loses all faith in the material and gives up just as it seems to begin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
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
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
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
Making yet again the mistake that more is more, director Barry Levinson piles on the concepts with such increasing rapidity that clarity takes a back seat to spectacle, and believability is stretched to the breaking point.
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