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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....

MOVIE BUFF

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

Makes no sense!

By rb_in_chicago
Am I missing something about this movie? The motivation of all of the characters is so murky, it's hard to root for anyone. Consequently, it's hard to care who wins and who loses....

the dangers of too much technology

By kwalker1969
cool but kinda scary to think what can happen......

Transcendence

By dirty sanchez73
I did not like this movie at all. Acting was good, just didn't like the storyline.seemed very predictable with nothing that grabs ya or keeps you interested. I was falling asleep by the end....

Plausible View of How the Singularity Might Happen

By capcuervo
Most viewers and reviewers of this movie just saw it as a formulaic man vs. technology story. It was more, and more subtle and meaningful, than that. Transcendence was a plausible account of how the...

Just OK

By tomlap
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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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