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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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67

indieWIRE

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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63

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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63

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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63

RogerEbert.com

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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60

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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50

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Despite its looks, talent and pedigree, Transcendence never becomes the movie it could have been.
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50

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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50

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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50

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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makes the sin of being boring!

By camiloarenivar
Give me a dumb story with bad dialogue, special effects and no brains, but the worst thing a movie can do to me is make me bored! Well, this movie achieved that. The concept was actually good, but...

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! ...

Transboring!!!!

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....

It's OK

By mjustus2
I don't think it's the best movie we've seen this year, but it's fine. The acting is good, the effects are good. Not for young children, who would not understand the plot, anyway. I do think the plot...

been there done that

By IntenseJim
Man's free will and god or society giving persons the power to chooce vs loss of autonomy and world peace and tranquility. This is a modern twist on Clockwork Orange theme. Not bad but not awesome....

Literally the worst ******* movie of all time!

By zumiekid14
This movie was so boring and slow I wanted to rip my eyes out and I literally fell asleep twice. If I could give this no stars I would and the only good part was that Morgan freeman was in the movie...

Pretty good

By calebspicer
I enjoyed the movie and it had a few unexpected turns I enjoyed but nothing to write home about....

Very interesting

By crystaldavis826
Good movie, not great. Really enjoyed it....

Intriguing

By terrylynndupree
This is very true people always destroy what they do not understand or can't control. This movie had an interesting concept....

the end is spoiled by the movies 1st scn

By dtrushnock
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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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