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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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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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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....

MOVIE BUFF

By shavarchase
Great movie...really enjoyed it...makes you go humm...

terrible

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Terrible

By janelucero42
Went to watch this movie for my birthday with all my Freinds and we all left the theater. It didn't make any sense And it made the whole audience lost. Sorry but not the best movie...

Better than thought

By Darkstardom
This movie is a great sci-fi splurge. Have fun with it....

Don't listen to critics.

By mrl2305
If you haven't seen it, go watch The Transcendent Man documentary first. It is basically a movie reenactment. It is a great story with a great ending and this is coming from a Christian. Very...

For the intelligent, intellectual few

By flmobility
Johnny Depp has evolved in Transcendence into an all around full great actor. I attended the Rum Diaries premier at the LA museum, & was unfortunately disappointed like most. Johnny has redeemed...

Pretty good, could have been great

By pat_lytle
The story line was very interesting, following the big question of where the line should be for Artificial Intelligence. Unfortunately, they only skimmed the surface of where it could have gone. I...

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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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