Sphere Reviews

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February 14, 2001
As the umpteenth entrant in the We-Are-Not-Alone sweepstakes, Sphere feels awfully familiar because it is.
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.
January 1, 2000
This journey is a road to nowhere.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Cool premise and eerie buildup from the first hour, ultimately downshifts into an unsatisfying film that drags long past its bedtime, and turns into a gobbledygook of psychological head games and illusions.
January 1, 2000
Decent performances and an abundance of good ideas and effects but there is definitely a lack of pace to the dramatic tension and you may find yourself just not caring.
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.
January 1, 2000
Sphere tries hard to be an intelligent genre piece, but a weak and convoluted storyline only leads to a disappointing experience.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Despite being blue bloods of filmmaking, Levinson and his stars are relative novices in the special-effects world of science fiction.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Basically, what Sphere delivers is a mediocre Outer Limits TV script resting atop a massive, needlessly complex superstructure of overplotting, high-dollar f/x and banal head games.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Director Barry Levinson still has his strong visual sense -- both the infinite water and ultimate confinement are effectively creepy -- but the story starts dragging about halfway through.
January 1, 2000
The sphere is luminous and hauntingly beautiful on the surface, with its interior kept alluringly, frustratingly unclear -- much like the superficially diverting but ultimately disappointing film itself.
January 1, 2000
Sphere is a high concept, overly calculated, expensive, long, badly written, and terribly concluded waste of time.
January 1, 2000
Sphere winds up just a load of balls.
January 1, 2000
Sphere starts off as The Abyss, then turns into Event Horizon and finally turns out to be Forbidden Planet and Solaris.
January 1, 2000
There are some things that humankind is just better off not knowing about.
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.
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