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The Machine Reviews

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Chris Blohm
Little White Lies
March 20, 2014
An impressive calling card for director Caradog James rather than the finished article.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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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.
Matt Glasby
Total Film
March 17, 2014
Despite some striking imagery and sterling FX work, Welsh writer/director Caradog W James' expert use of limited resources doesn't stretch as far as the subtlety-averse script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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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.
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-
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
Director Caradog James hits all the right genre notes.
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
Travis Hopson
April 19, 2014
More of a success than the hapless Transcendence comes close to achieving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stefan Pape
March 13, 2014
Despite the various positives that exist, the film does remain rather flat throughout, and you're left wanting at times, as you wait for the suspense to kick in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nicola Woodham
Electric Sheep
March 9, 2014
Its contemporary edge comes from the fact that it highlights the rapid technological development that has taken place. What was once thought of as science fiction is now science fact.
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
Kam Williams
Baret News
April 22, 2014
Beware, the Manchurian android!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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+
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+
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
March 20, 2014
A B-movie of considerable ambition and substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
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
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