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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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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....

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....

Don't bother

By btalisman
Wait till it's free on Amazon or another service. Long dull badly shot and poor dialogue. Not sure why towers thought this such a great movie. Interesting concept....

Ugh.

By autofandango
Finally a move that sucks as much as Johnny Depp. Even Lone Ranger smoked this flick....

Very good

By alldaz
Makes you think about how dependent we are of technology...

Trancendence was different, but good.

By Fan13dango7
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Makes you think

By dcfchick30
Date night for me and my husband and it really made me think "How far would I go to have my husband forever"....

Interesting Premise

By drkummerle
I think The next evolutionary step for humankind will be via machine or computers, and this movie is this a good view of what that could look like....

transcendence

By brialicem
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Food for thought in a good way

By JESSEKD
I really enjoyed this film !!! It give us an idea of the possibilities of People generated AI. I would recommend for all.....especially the tech type !...

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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