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  • Summary: An engrossing sci-fi thriller about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection.  [Sony]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. A handsome and fully imagined work of cautionary futuristic fiction.
  2. 88
    This is one of the smartest and most provocative of science fiction films, a thriller with ideas.
  3. Reviewed by: John Krewson
    The film's bleak future society is admittedly nothing new, and there's no lack of contrived or wooden moments, but Gattaca's parable of nature versus nurture is compelling enough to make it worth seeing for reasons besides art direction.
  4. Designer babies rule dystopia in stylish SF thriller filled with recycled plot devices.
  5. 60
    Although that's enough plot for two movies, Niccol proceeds to clog up his meticulously mounted story with a murder and a romance (hence Uma Thurman), allowing needless intrigue to distract from his ideas.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    Niccol's work is artful but self-important and thin.
  7. 30
    The moody images and Michael Nyman's score aren't enough to salvage this banal 1997 science fiction story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Polvorin
    Jul 28, 2009
    I can't believe how under-appreciated this brilliant work of art is.
  2. Oct 18, 2012
    Every time I meet some self proclaimed "movie buff" who has never seen this movie I find myself shaking my head in amazement. This gem of a film not only paints a very intelligent picture of our near future, but also succeeds in telling a truly beautiful story. Everything from the performances, to the socially relevant themes, to the wonderful soundtrack, combines to make this one of the greatest sci fi films of all time. Expand
  3. William
    Jan 21, 2008
    This film portrays a realistic possible future, and it explores many important themes. I didn't think much of it when I first saw it, but years have past since then and I still frequently bring it up in all sorts of conversations. It is amazing relevant. Expand
  4. PaulM.
    Dec 7, 2006
    I was forced to watch this in human genetics class so like any teenager, I was not thrilled at being forced to watch something but this was really cool and held my attention throughout the entire movie..pretty original and entertaining. Expand
  5. Dec 26, 2011
    a really under-rated sci-fy film set in a dystopian society. great acting all round , really intriguing premise and excellent set design and cinematography. the only problem i have is how come no one recognizes ethan hawke?, that really bothered me. other than that great film. Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2013
    Great soundtrack and acting. A couple points in the movie where you roll your eyes but the plot is still strong and engaging. The "follow your dreams" theme has been implemented to death already by other movies but this one really did the idea justice. Very motivating and heartwarming. It's a 7.5 but the lack of attention it gotmakes me want to help it out and lend it an 8 Expand
  7. Mar 7, 2013
    Pretentious, long-winded and fantastical. Had to turn it off after 30 minutes. Although 50's science-fiction styles can work (Fallout video games pull it off fantastically), Gattaca can't get it done, all the scenes look drab and the story is implausible due to the unlikeable characters and unbelievable social system they have created. Expand

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