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  • Summary: A relentless suspense thriller that enters the hidden world where the rich and the brilliant collide, where a handful of bright, driven young men and women have the means to make or break the technology that will dominate the global economy. (MGM)
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 15 out of 29
  1. Becomes a very conventional suspense film, replete with virtually every cliche of the genre, some used more than once.
  2. It is ultimately more routine than provocative, despite the timeliness and seriousness of the issues it raises.
  3. 50
    They might have been able to make a nice little thriller out of Antitrust if they'd kept one eye on the Goofy Meter.
  4. An inferior factory product, cranked out with little care and less imagination, that seems all the dumber because it's pretending to be smart and topical.
  5. 30
    Poops out before it ever really gets going.
  6. 0
    Monumentally silly thriller.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Nov 27, 2013
    9
    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
    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.
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  2. Apr 20, 2011
    6
    Although the overall production isn't great and the movie is highly dated, the pacing is electric, the cast is game and there are enoughAlthough 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. Feb 6, 2011
    5
    A good idea with really good actors and actresses. Unfortunately, badly written. Conceptually it had the all the promise of an interesting andA 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. Expand
  4. AmurabiM.
    May 18, 2006
    4
    For those who loved high-tech and the idea of a free-interchange-of-ideas-and-knowledge this could be the better film of the history. For those who loved high-tech and the idea of a free-interchange-of-ideas-and-knowledge this could be the better film of the history. Bordering the limits between the libel and the propaganda, the provocative idea of a personal attack to bill gates and microsoft, doesn´t work totally. That attack coulda been work if the filmmakers get the wit to put that premise in a correct way of filmmaking. As a thriller, this movie is stupid and predictable, as a suspense is just the same. As a model of propaganda for liberals is just... right. But here, we are talking about films and nor about globaliphobia, so the film is just a piece of crap. Disappointingly, fails in to take a great issue (the freedom in the net) to the public and fails, miserably, in to make a decent film. Besides, we know that ryan phillippe doesn´t act and the Tim Robbins characterization of gates-the-evil is just... ridiculous. Expand
  5. Sep 20, 2012
    3
    Some painful writing, but a decent enough film about programmers and a microsoft-like corporation, handled in the way technology was moreSome 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.
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  6. HilaryW.
    Jul 3, 2001
    1
    It has to be the worst, pathetic, and stupid movie I have ever seen. What really made me mad was that Ryan Phillippe, Tim Robbins, RachaelIt has to be the worst, pathetic, and stupid movie I have ever seen. What really made me mad was that Ryan Phillippe, Tim Robbins, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Claire Forlani are all great actors/actresses. The film was written horribly and was one of those movies where you think, "Wow, this movie COULD HAVE BEEN really good." But it wasn't, so I rate it a 1. Expand

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