Virtuosity (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Virtuosity (1995)



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Movie Info

In this science-fiction thriller set in the near future, Sid 6.7, a computer-generated composite of the world's worst serial killers, breaks out of virtual reality and begins to kill in the real world. To combat this monster, the police force is forced to call a disgraced cop back into service.more
Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Bernt
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 1999
Paramount Home Video


Denzel Washington
as Parker Barnes
Kelly Lynch
as Madison Carter
Stephen Spinella
as Lindenmeyer
William Forsythe
as William Cochran
Louise Fletcher
as Elizabeth Deane
Costas Mandylor
as John Donovan
Kevin J. O'Connor
as Clyde Reilly
Daniel Anderson
as Police Detective
Eric Bernt
as Building Supervisor
Christopher Murray
as Matthew Grimes
Tony Brown
as Stunt Player
Heidi Schanz
as Sheila 3.2
Traci Lords
as Media Zone Singer
Shane Dixon
as Stunt Player
Mari Morrow
as Linda Barnes
Miracle Unique Vince...
as Christine Barnes
Mara Duronslet
as Beautiful Woman at O...
Karen Annarino
as ISTV Reporter
James M. Halty
as Stunt Player
Miguel Nájera
as Rafael Debaca
Danny Goldring
as John Symes
Allen Scotti
as Surgeon
Dwayne Chattman
as Stripped Man in Medi...
Ed Marques
as Blonde Punk in Media...
Cheryl Lawson
as Pretty Woman in Medi...
John Meier
as Stunt Coordinator an...
Kevin Loreque
as Animatronic Bartende...
Eiko Nijo
as Geisha Hostess
Gauravani Buchwald
as Burly Man in Video S...
Rolando Molina
as Video Store Salesman
Mic Rodgers
as Stunt Coordinator
Gary Anthony Sturgis
as Officer at Video Sto...
Monica Allison
as Woman on Train
Michael Runyard
as Stunt Player
Susan Mohun
as Bystander
Michelle Smith
as Screaming Woman
David Asman
as Metrolink Cop
Michael Tamburro
as Helicopter Pilot
Anthony C. Hall
as Locator Technician
Amy Smallman
as Aide in Cochran's Of...
Ahmed Ahmed
as Cameraman
Marva Hicks
as Onscreen Talent
Juan A. Riojas
as Metromedia Cop
Steven R. Barnett
as Metromedia Cop
John Walcutt
as Swat Captain
Jordan Marder
as Prison Transport Gua...
Brogan Young
as Monitor Prison Guard
Laura Leigh Hughes
as Suburban Reporter
Dustin Nguyen
as Suburban Reporter
Tony Winters
as Male Newcaster
Virginia Watson
as Anchorwoman
Beverly Cohen
as Female Tabloid TV Ho...
Una Damon
as Woman with Video Cam...
R.A. Rondell
as Stunt Player
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Critic Reviews for Virtuosity

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (11)

The presence of Washington lends the picture a much-needed dose of authenticity. But in the end Virtuosity is disconnected and uninvolving.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Though Virtuosity connects all the dots to give audiences a roller-coaster ride, the movie begets nothing new: It's stillborn.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Virtuosity doesn't always compute, but like last summer's Speed, it is far more fully realized cinematically than many less commercial, more serious pictures.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Someone should tell Hollywood that the mass-killer genre is dead and that its virtual reality counterpart is already wheezing.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

The world of Virtuosity may be spanking new, but the ideas are yesterday's news.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Given Washington's presence and the promise of a virtual reality action story, Virtuosity has some appeal -- provided, of course, the viewers aren't selective.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Virtuosity

What if a really bad computer game villain (Crowe, so over-the-top he's fun) escaped into the real world and Washington's the only cop who can take him? Cops and bad guys battle it out in the future!

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Despite two of the biggest stars in the business, Virtuosity never is able to maintain any entertainment out of a decent premise. Denzel Washington is slumming here, and yet he still manages to make the movie watchable. Russel Crowe's villain is a virtual reality creation of about 200 different killers (from Jack the Ripper, to Charles Manson, and finally the guy who killed Denzel Washington's characters family) who escapes into the real world. Russel Crowe is completely defeated by the role. He has multiple personalities he has to incorporate and it makes his character uneven and at times hilariously over the top. I never felt for one minute like he was menacing or terrifying. Add in a mediocre production surrounding the two stars and a plot that doesn't do much and you have wasted potential. I expected more from this movie.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer


A little too Sci-fi for me in that there were gadgets and effects for gadgets and effects sake. Personally I think this film is way below the standard of the acting capabilities of both Washington and Crowe.

It fails completely in the excitement area.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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