Transcendence Reviews

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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.
May 5, 2014
The movie is rhythmless, shapeless, and, with the exception of a few shots, cheesy-looking.
May 2, 2014
With a script as loopy as this one, it pays to cast intelligent-looking actors. They can delude you into feeling as if you're watching something interesting.
May 2, 2014
With actors this good, we'll go almost anywhere, even unto that silliness.
April 25, 2014
A giant third-act bellyflop isn't quite enough to spoil it totally.
April 24, 2014
Remember when paycheck-hungry actors were accused of phoning in a performance? Johnny Depp spins that for millennials in Transcendence by Skpying in his performance.
April 24, 2014
This is like a heavy-handed and humourless version of Spike Jonze's postmodern comedy Her, mulched in with the old sci-fi novel Donovan's Brain, about keeping someone's brain alive in a tank.
April 21, 2014
When it's all over, you will turn on your iPhone and ask Siri to find you a good restaurant for a bite to eat near the theater. And you will have learned nothing.
April 20, 2014
"Transcendence" is a moronic stew of competing impulses - bad science meets bad sociology meets bad theology ...
April 18, 2014
One of those "control technology or it will control you" sermons that nonetheless enlists the usual heap of technically advanced special effects.
April 18, 2014
Transcendence doesn't induce paranoia, wonder, or suspense. It's the most incurious film you could make about something as simultaneously preposterous and promising as Johnny Depp the Internet.
April 18, 2014
The script by first-time screenwriter Jack Paglen is so full of half-explained cyber-nonsense and wheezy, kneejerk man-vs.-technology clichés, it borders on the ludicrous.
April 18, 2014
Moderately entertaining, periodically draggy.
April 18, 2014
The poster for the film begs for a counter-punch: printed over a gloomy close-up of Depp there is the warning, "Yesterday Dr. Will Caster Was Only Human." To which we might add, "And the Day Before Johnny Depp was an Actor."
April 18, 2014
As a human tragedy of man and monster, of beauty and beast, it has just enough genuine pathos that you wish it were better.
April 18, 2014
Depp appears mostly from the waist-up on a computer screen, mumbling in a monotone voice that would lull a cup of coffee to sleep.
April 18, 2014
The directorial debut for ace cinematographer Wally Pfister is always watchable, but the narrative flaws and logical leaps sabotage sustained enjoyment. "Transcendence" looks and sounds like a Christopher Nolan film that got attacked by malware.
April 18, 2014
The question of whether we're too tied to technology and when or if it will prove our downfall is undoubtedly important and probably somewhat pressing. It certainly deserves a better movie than "Transcendence."
April 18, 2014
Soon the worlds of technology and humanity collide - super-medicine, super-intelligence, super-ecosystems, super-confusing!
April 18, 2014
Lost in the land of mind over matter, Transcendence is too much trance and not nearly enough dance.
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