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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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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....


By davisjt6666
This movie was everything I thought it was going to be in more what a great future movie I hope the world really turns out like that....


By HD_MaGz
It's an alright movie could have been less boring lol or more details...


By gcidron101

amazing (if you understand A.I)

By burnsv2
perfectly put when you understand the science and application of the singularity, seems far fetched to some, but then again so were planes and televisions at one point...

Great movie

By rokkoto2
Awesome movie, hard to appreciate by simple minded people...

Had potential

By camshaftcarb
This film was way too boring for what it could have been. It was a slow, snoozefest that needs a complete makeover....

See this at home

By mrosario011290
If you want to see this movie, don't spend the money on this movie at the movie theaters. Confusing and a sleeper....

Too extream

By fouadus
The idea is interesting, however. It was way too extreme. I don't recommend it....

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....

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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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