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Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25

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  1. Feb 6, 2011
    A good idea with really good actors and actresses. Unfortunately, badly written. Conceptually it had the all the promise of an interesting and diverse plot but was held back by playing the safe road of dumbing it down to the lowest common denominator. Watchable but not highly entertaining.
  2. Apr 20, 2011
    Although the overall production isn't great and the movie is highly dated, the pacing is electric, the cast is game and there are enough twists and turns to keep you engaged. As well, the entire film moves at a thrilling pace that keeps it all entertaining. Overall, a worthwhile film that captures a quick moment in the history in the technological revolution. A sour note though - the portrayal of a Bill Gates like character in such a way is offside and insulting and harms the film. Expand
  3. Sep 20, 2012
    Some painful writing, but a decent enough film about programmers and a microsoft-like corporation, handled in the way technology was more commonly done in films in the 90s. For a post-Matrix film, it's pretty 'safe' and 'made for tv', lacking much edge or style, whilst staying as far way from actual programming as possible.

    Has a decent cast, it's great to see Ryan Philippe, Tim
    Robbins, Claire Forlani and Rachael Leigh Cook working together, and is reasonably entertaining. Also, one of the only 'mainstream films' to cover proprietary code vs open source. Worth a watch in the background, but far too cheesy to be enjoyed as anything other than mindless entertainment. Expand
  4. Nov 27, 2013
    Always liked this flick.
    Is it the best movie ever made? No. But some of the ratings on here are way off.
    I show this film at the end of the school year to my classes after we talk about monopolies, Anti-trust laws, etc. It gives them a bit of a break at the end of year.
    Every year the high school kids love it, some of them even go and buy it. Haven't heard a complaint about it yet.
    Also, gotta love Claire Forlani, she is smoking hot in this movie. Expand

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 15 out of 29
  1. While Robbins has a good time playing the boyish devil, the rest of the principals transmit on an awfully low baud rate.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    An example of a film that begins with a provocative idea and then runs itself into the ground with clumsy structuring.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Libel on one of the true visionaries of American business in the 20th century, a man unfairly demonized for doing what others strove to do but doing it faster and better.