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Reviews: Transcendence (2014)

transcendenceReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: La regia di Pfister è completamente anonima, incapace persino di scimmiottare quella del suo storico collaboratore. Una delusione annunciata.
  • [New – 6/26/14] | Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Film koji u usporedbi s drugim holivudskim blockbusterima vec samo zbog svoje ozbiljnosti predstavlja prilicno osvježenje.
  • [New – 6/26/14] | José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Decepcionante debut tras las cámaras del prestigioso director de fotografía Wally Pfister. Demasiado plomo temático para tan poco brío en la realización convierte la película en una propuesta dura de digerir.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: In fairness and even admiration, it must be noted that it is a film of ideas. It’s just that so many of them are bad ones.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: A sci-fi thriller that is carried into our consciousness by Rebecca Hall’s heartfelt and nuanced performance.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: ’s a woefully imperfect movie, but it does look ahead to some brilliant concepts. These concepts are not handled very well, but there’s some great things to be found buried in the film if you care to find them.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …a good approximation of Johnny Depp’s career – an intriguing premise gives way to an artificiality that, if not entirely devoid of intelligence, fails to spark intellectual curiosity. He needs a reboot.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: What makes this more disappointing is that its the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, Wally Pfister. Absent from TRANSCENDENCE are any memorable visual ideas that would allow the movie to, pardon the pun, transcend its schlocky underpinnings.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Every idea with potential is raised in the first act of Transcendence, never to be heard from again.
  • Brett Gallman @
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Middled, simplistic, highly derivative thriller that’s filled with techno-babble and turns out to be terminally boring.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Transcendence is a chore to watch. It’s an overly elaborate, unconvincing, joyless bore.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: The neo-luddite attitude is bad enough, but the movie commits a far worse sin: it’s dull. If only it worked as a schlocky pile of pulp nonsense, that’d be something…
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Equivalent to the interminable time it takes for a webpage to load and then open up to an Error 404, “Transcendence” is a $100-million turkey that never comes close to living up to its name.
  • James Marsh @ The Society For Film
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: Johnny Depp acts like he’s repaying a favor in ‘Transcendence.’
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: If only Wally had shot the film himself!
  • Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • Excerpt: Cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister decides to take on the realm of technology cynicism in the somnolent sci-fi techno-thriller Transcendence. However, Transcendence feels structurally stiff and artificial without properly conveying its sentient messaging about cyberspace intrigue
  • [New – 6/26/14] | Diego Salgado @ Cine para Leer [Spanish]
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: But much like it’s main character, it’s just missing a soul. Transcendence is an example of high-concept ambivalence that falls flat due to poor execution.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: In spite of its many assorted plot-holes, “Transcendence” is a captivating sci-fi movie, thanks to strong performances by a stable of reliable actors.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Little more than a modern Luddite fable so puerile in conception that it rivals ‘V for Vendetta’ in lack of intellectual depth.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Although slow-moving and confusing at times, “Transcendence” impressed me as a haunting, thought-provoking sci-fi film.
  • Phil Villarreal @
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: Transcendence wants to be a sobering exploration of technology and humanity, but it’s hard to take it seriously given its wooly screenplay, ungainly editing, and laughable cyber-gobbledygook.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:59 am

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