89

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Niccol's futuristic fable is a gorgeous construct, from its cast on down to the brilliant, clinical nature of the set design that reflects a future in which even a particle of saliva can be one's undoing.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is one of the smartest and most provocative of science fiction films, a thriller with ideas.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The average thriller, even if it's set in a faraway or futuristic world, tends to offer visceral, ephemeral excitement, and not much else. However, while Gattaca has the energy and tautness to compare with the best of those, its thought-provoking script and thematic richness elevate it to the next level.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
Gattaca is a welcome throwback to the days of good, low-tech sci-fi, stressing character and atmosphere over computer-generated effects and juvenile thrills.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Andrew Niccol wrote and directed this intelligent and suspenseful science-fiction drama featuring strong performances by Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, and Gore Vidal.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Ty Burr
Sets, music, and imagery are rigorously controlled and undeniably stunning, but after a while flaws creep into the plot's double helix.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Designer babies rule dystopia in stylish SF thriller filled with recycled plot devices.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
No aliens. No firefights in space. No robots. Just an eerily attractive, sleekly costumed cast in a stylish, cooly intelligent throwback to the Twilight Zone era of deeply serious science fiction.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Clearly, an effort was made to create a serious, thoughtful movie.
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40

Empire

It's a great set-up but sadly the plot unfolds slowly and with little action, playing like a short story.
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64 out of 100
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