• Released
  • May 22, 2003
  • NR , 1 hr 37 min
  • Comedy
    Drama
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
A fine example of digital filmmaking, and Weintrob and his co-writer, Andrew Osborne, manage to raise some serious issues regarding the Internet without taking themselves too seriously.
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63

Premiere

By Laine Ewen
The movie falls flat at the end, unnecessarily linking all of the characters in what seems to be an attempt to show how it really is a small world after all.
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60

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
There's nothing unconventional or daring about On_Line, but considering how cheap it undoubtedly was to make, the acting, writing and direction all stand up pretty well; this is more intelligent and better structured than at least half the Hollywood movies I see.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Weintrob's shallow analysis of virtual reality might have been more resonant in the mid-'90s, but he seems well aware that some things are timeless: By the end of his film, he has firmly shifted focus, concentrating far less on the cyber than on the sex.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The film is hardly profound, but the form perfectly fits the content..
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50

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
Weintrob's stylish visuals mimic Web technologies, which succeed in making his characters seem all the more removed from reality. Now if someone would find a way to equip theater seats with a ''delete'' key, we could be rid of them completely.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film's redeeming feature is that it knows how sad these people are, and finds the correct solution to their problems: They meet in the flesh.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Faces the same problem of all sex-themed films, in that cinematic sex is often unsexy.
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25

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
It's really just about a bunch of pathetic losers whiling away the hours with their hands jammed down their pants.
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0

San Francisco Chronicle

By C.W. Nevius
Listless, self-absorbed slackers stare into computer monitors, groan about their lives and moan during cyber sex in On_Line. It makes you wonder, is there is a market for soft-porn movies for lonely geeks? Isn't that what computers are for in the first place?
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36 out of 100
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