Transcendence Reviews

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August 30, 2019
The film's shockingly lackluster visual artistry can't even awe or distract us away from the empty headedness transpiring on screen.
August 6, 2019
At its best, Transcendence could have been the cyberpunk of William Gibson or the speculative fiction of Philip K Dick. Instead, it was like listening to someone who read Gibson and Dick try to seem smart by retelling their books to you.
July 31, 2019
It is the sort of movie where you will know the moment it defeats itself, but will still appreciate and respect the effort in the trying.
June 8, 2019
Transcendence does look beautiful, but this only reaffirms it to be a classic example of style over substance.
March 8, 2019
Disappointingly, despite the top-notch cast headlining the film, Transcendence does not quite live up to its potential. The narrative is too clunky and the characters are a tad superficial.
January 25, 2019
After a compelling beginning, it jumps off the cliff quickly.
January 24, 2019
It never really clicks and grows progressively hokey and dull. It's a waste of a lot of talented people.
January 15, 2019
Transcendence is neither a success nor a failure. It has flashes of brilliance, but it has too many gaps, including a question about a key decision made in the last act. It's worthy, but it's not all it could have been.
November 11, 2018
Transcendence should have been infested with convincing amounts of personality and precision. Instead, it lingers on in disbelief with all the stability of a faulty hard drive in an antiquated IBM computer.
November 1, 2018
It takes a solid premise for a sci-fi thriller and makes it as invigorating as a physics lecture, and one where the science doesn't even add up.
October 10, 2018
Right now Transcendence is akin to a well-dressed drunk - on the surface nice and sophisticated yet not so much in terms of executing thoughts.
August 21, 2018
Transcendence has no redeeming qualities.
May 21, 2018
Serves up super-geniuses who act so idiotic you want to throw things at the screen.
November 14, 2017
The film is essentially a far-fetched, sometimes muddled, cautionary tale about mankind being taken over by the machines that they themselves have created, albeit with the best of intentions.
October 20, 2017
Transcendence is just a mess, and a big dumb one to boot.
August 17, 2017
What Transcendence tried to do was make us see things in a new light, when instead it only illuminated the faults of the idea.
May 16, 2017
A love story with the most cheesy premise of a worn Hallmark card, like "my love will be the drop that waters the flower of your life" or something. [Full review in Spanish]
March 10, 2017
Well-made but just a bit muddy, Transcendence doesn't reach its goal height but looks good trying.
January 9, 2017
There's no surprise here; no nuance. And without any understanding of its subject matter or any interest in making others understand, either, Transcendence gives you very little reason to care.
September 22, 2016
Pfister and Paglen are going for emotional intimacy, but they forgot to add enough shading to their ensemble to land any kind of punch.
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