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Transcendence Synopsis
A scientific genius's pursuit of knowledge evolves into an omnipresent thirst for power.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Transcendence is a bold, beautiful, sometimes confounding flight of futuristic speculation firmly rooted in the potential of today’s...
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By Eric Kohn
While never as dynamically involving as Christopher Nolan's "Inception," for which longtime Nolan director of photography Pfister...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Echoing the lessons learned from "HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey," the message of Transcendence is that computers should not be allowed to...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Apart from Mychael Danna’s portentous orchestral and electronic score, Transcendence simply lacks oomph: Shots don’t overwhelm, scenes...
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By Matt Zoller Seitz
The most galling thing about Transcendence, though, isn't its inability to get a handle on what, if anything, it wants to say about the...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A movie that’s of two minds. It’s well-grounded, but also over the top. It’s a man-vs.-machine epic and also an intimate drama. It’s...
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Despite its looks, talent and pedigree, Transcendence never becomes the movie it could have been.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
After an intriguing start, Transcendence — aka "The Computer Wore Johnny Depp's Tennis Shoes" — offers roughly the same level of excitement...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The story soon devolves into a far-fetched, futuristic snooze-fest that often defies its own logic. Characters' motivations are rarely...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Pfister, who, like his mentor Nolan, adamantly continues to shoot on film (not digital), shows a sure hand at staging scenes, creating...
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Pleasant Surprise - Excellent Movie

By mlwalen908
The movie has a deeper thought provoking theme that the previews did not portray. Maybe not as much as "Pirates" but J Depp is again a master at bringing you to his world. All actors were great! ...


By tlp4
The longest snooze fest of 2014. Waste of money and time seeing this movie. It is one of the worst movies of 2014....

Hello Hale

By lawrence212121
Not another sci-fi movie with moral implications of of our progress. Johnny performance was lacking much like the movie. Stay at home and rent a movie for a dollar....

Very Interesting

By colombianmamiof3
great mind stimulating movie. a lil farfetched but yet really well put together. great cast and flow....

By williamahansen
Very slow.. and long... :( kind of disappointed but ok for a rainy night with nothing to watch....

Transcendence is underrated

By ajlewis1
The best movie ever? No, I'm not going to say that. It wasn't. At times it was a little slow. However, the story was good, as was the acting. It kind of felt like a tragic love story at the end....

R.I.F.T. of a Lifetime

By tardis97
Transcendence was an Acceptional movie starring Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall about one Ill man's journey to the ultimate goal in life Transcendece. Transcendece 3 out of 5 stars...

An ok movie,

By stronghand7000
started off slow, a mixture of great artificial intelligence and a lasting love story. on a scale from 1 to 10 my group rated this move a 6....

good concept

By gordon2611
a bit full of holes.......

Oh Johnny.

By mbwright927
This movie was amazing....

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Dark, pretentious sci-fi thriller tackles big questions.
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