Sphere Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D
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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.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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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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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
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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
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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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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Sphere winds up just a load of balls.
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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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David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
There are some things that humankind is just better off not knowing about.
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Entertainment Weekly
February 13, 1998
Full Review | Original Score: D