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The Machine Reviews

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
March 7, 2016
With many writers and directors keen to give a look at a future ravaged by impending war, it's a breath of fresh air when someone shows an evolutionary leap towards harmony.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
November 7, 2014
The film is ambitious visually, in spite of its small budget, and while not all of the effects come off, it's hard to hold that against an indie production like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dustin Putman
June 16, 2014
The first hour's setup of "The Machine" is better than the threadbare guns-blazing action payoff, but the exceptionally fine work of Caity Lotz commands attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
April 28, 2014
Some movies you find yourself liking despite of their mistakes, and this 2013 movie filmed in Wales is one of those movies.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2014
"The Machine" percolates with an elegantly palpable sense of wonder and danger.
Rebecca Murray
Showbiz Junkies
April 24, 2014
The Machine asks all the right questions yet does so without any heavy-handiness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andrew Lapin
The Dissolve
April 24, 2014
The Machine is listening to the language of other science-fiction films-but [...] isn't up on the dialect, and hears only echoes of substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Brian Orndorf
April 24, 2014
Machine retains a dynamic presence, with interesting futureworld ideas sharply realized by writer/director Caradog W. James, who submits quite a cinematic vision for next to no production money.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 23, 2014
A low-budget sci-fi thriller with worthwhile questions about the relationship between human beings and super-intelligent robots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.8/5
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Dennis Harvey
April 23, 2014
"The Machine" works modestly well, but still wobbles trying to balance its "thinking man's sci-fi" aspirations against the need to placate less adventurous fans via standard action content.
Kam Williams
Baret News
April 22, 2014
Beware, the Manchurian android!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
April 22, 2014
The Machine brings little new to the subject save for an ominously ambiguous conclusion about the consequences of making computers more advanced than their human masters.
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
April 21, 2014
A classy slice of cerebral sci-fi with a literary-cinematic heritage stretching back through Blade Runner and Metropolis to Frankenstein.
Travis Hopson
April 19, 2014
More of a success than the hapless Transcendence comes close to achieving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
April 17, 2014
an ambitious project that has a slick production design and solid special effects
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dominic Mill
We Got This Covered
April 3, 2014
It may look rather serious, but underneath The Machine's shiny and po-faced exterior is an enjoyable, silly little B-movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jonathan Romney
Observer (UK)
March 23, 2014
Former dancer Caity Lotz is good at lethal kicks and twitchy cyborg movements, but her ingenue manner and baby-doll voice don't make her any more convincing as a cybernetics genius than as a robo-femme super-soldier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 21, 2014
The bleak chic of this SF drama is intriguing, but the script that starts out smart and elegant soon slips into the shoddy and familiar.
Leslie Felperin
March 20, 2014
James overflogs the what-is-the-nature-of-being-dead horse, but directs with brio. Meanwhile, Lotz, with her child-like fragility and snappy kickboxing moves, is eminently watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 20, 2014
There are tritenesses, but particles of promise too, in Caradog James's The Machine, a low-fi sci-fi thriller from Britain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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