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Reviews: Ex Machina (2015)

ex_machinaReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Ex Machina non solo respira perfettamente l’aria del suo tempo, ma si pone di fronte alla creazione della vita, ai limiti dell’uomo ed alla ricerca della propria identità, in modo da riaggiornare quelle riflessioni, alla luce delle conquiste tecniche e scientifiche.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Alex Garland debuta como director con una propuesta que recauchuta con elegancia campos y temáticas largamente exprimidos por la ciencia-ficción universal. Delicada, limpia, atrevida y turbadora a ratos, se atasca un poco en sus giros, pero es una propuesta notable y hermosa.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: It’s a crackling good entertainment, a brainy science fiction picture executed in a clean, concise style, with a narrative as logical as it is unpredictable. It’s freaky and scary and satisfying.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: The clean, geographical lines of the house; its soft, manicured rugs; the way it sounds when the doors latch home and seal a room; all of this is luxuriously manufactured in an attempt to contain the messy humanity that seethes within. The house, the artificially intelligent robot and the film itself all yield to the same formal rules, only to help prove that people, thoughts and life (organic or otherwise) can never yield.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Matt Brown @ Twitch
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: An intriguing four-character sci-fi drama about explorers of artificial intelligence.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: doesn’t hold a candle to Spike Jonze’s “Her” for insights into man’s relationship with artificial intelligence. For all its stunning locations, brilliant design and seamless visual effects, the story begs the question ‘Is that all there is?’
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The ideas here don’t breathe. They simply take us from one plot point to the next.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Hugo Gomes @ http://cinematograficamentefalando.blogs.sapo.pt [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Intense and mind-melding, Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller is the most intriguing movie I’ve seen so far this year.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The style makes the story seem weightier than it really is. There’s precious little depth, but heck if the whole thing isn’t entertaining.
  • [New – 12/31/15] | Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
    • Excerpt: Ex Machina is the iPhone to Blade Runner’s Walkman.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: There’s nothing fresh or even usefully true in its cartoonish dichotomy about men, but this pseudo-SF flick will expound upon it with pretentious tedium.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: A sci-fi film I challenge any sci-fi genre skeptic to shrug off; they won’t be able to
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Ex Machina is memorable and downright challenging, full of sharp performances that blur the lines between humanity and programming.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: A coolly stimulating, thematically provocative and heady piece of science fiction, this is what Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence” should have been.
  • Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery
    • Excerpt: A decisive victory for cerebral, non-explosion-based science fiction in 2015.
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: A.I. goes A.W.O.L. in this minimalist sci-fi thriller from England that’s justifiably turning heads for its brilliant production design, brainy cat-and-mouse scenario and vice-like tension.
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Oscar Isaac upstages impressive visual effects and set design
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: The marvellously directed ‘Ex Machina’ raises intriguing questions in an engaging if imperfect narrative.
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Smart and Exciting
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go) makes his directing debut with Ex Machina, a brilliantly conceived and executed, thought-provoking piece of science fiction-cum-chamber drama that puts its big budget contemporaries to shame.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff Online
    • Excerpt: You’ll hear a lot of labels hurled at this fantastic film, ranging from horror to romance, psychological thriller to sci-fi drama, and even postmodern fairy tale. However, it doesn’t matter what you call “Ex Machina,” just make sure you watch it, as it’s the first must-see film of 2015.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Ex Machina is many things but above all it questions the nature of what it means to be human. What is human? What makes humanity? Are artificial personalities real or just part of the programming? What’s interesting is that Garland wraps those questions up in a movie that is part thriller, part horror, part love story, and mixed with a dash of Hitchcockian delivery.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Smart, sexy, and back-loaded with a terrific twist ending, “Ex Machina” is an elegant sci-fi movie that considers the possibilities of artificial intelligence in thought-provoking ways.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A coolly cerebral sci-fi tale that really isn’t all that inventive but nonetheless casts quite a spell.
  • David Upton @ So So Gay
    • Excerpt: While the visceral world of Alex Garland’s imagination is one of almost generic modernity, this simple canvas emboldens his realisation of a trio of characters whose subjectivity and agency is consistently in question.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: A B-movie that tried to be something better but stayed a B-movie.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Alex Garland’s auspicious directorial debut, Ex Machina, illustrates the philosophical depth that can be achieved when science-fiction is distilled down to its raw materials.
Updated: December 31, 2015 — 7:52 pm
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