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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
John Turteltaub directed the drama, which lapses into medical jargon and new-age clichés near the end, but it scores telling points with...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's about change, acceptance and love, and it rounds those three bases very nicely, even if it never quite gets to home.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
In a film that offers itself as a Gump-esque moral fable, Phenomenon could serve as a case study of When Smart Films Fail.
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63

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Phenomenon is a fantasy about super-intelligence that works best if you can switch off your brain. Those who can will reach weepy nirvana....
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
But this soggy, sentimental tour through a rural dreamworld of salt-of- the-earth versus supercharged intelligence never quite gets deep...
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
As always, Duvall is magnificent. Even in this small part, he manages to give one of the most stirring performances in the movie.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Put simply, this movie is dumb.
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50

TV Guide

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In time-honored Hollywood fashion, PHENOMENON suggests that smart people are friendless freaks who'd be far better off if only they were...
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42

Entertainment Weekly

Phenomenon (directed by Jon Turteltaub, the guy who sedated us with "While You Were Sleeping") would be pretty unbearable were Travolta not...
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30

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Phenomenon flails about in a search for direction: inspirational drama, romance, social study, government intrigue- nothing fits or is...
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Rated PG