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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)
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  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. Apr 20, 2011
    The movie is just brilliant. Great story great direction.....futuristic retro buildings and cars. And above all great underestimated. Definitely a must ... to see Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2014
    I am not exaggerating when I say Gattaca is he most underrated and unappreciated movie of the last century. Andrew Niccol has crafted a truly beautiful, intelligent and poetic film, accompanied by Michael Nyman's stunning score, it just gets better and better with age. Thurman, Hawke and Law are painfully beautiful and al together wonderfully compelling. Part sci-fi, murder mystery and film noir carefully rolled into one, at it's core lies a simple story about the redemptive power of love. Practically ignored by critics, cinema goers and film buffs upon it's release, one day it may receive the respect and adoration it deserves. Expand
  3. ALF
    Aug 28, 2011
    One of the finest science fiction films to ever hit the screen. It is most certainly in my top five. I think "Noop" needs to watch this again. "No essence." What are you on about?. Of course the essence was there and it was in the quite insipid form of discrimination based on a humans DNA which has already started to some degree and in the film relegates those without perfect DNA to the scrap heap and dead end jobs. It is not to hard to imagine the losses to human civilization if such discrimination had existed a hundred or so years ago. For example, Albert Einstein would have been on the scrap heap. Makes you think doesn't it. An excellent script with superb performances by the cast, particularly Jude Law. Again I find myself wishing I could push the scorer further to the right. 10 out of 10 does not give justice to this superb film. Expand
  4. 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
  5. Jun 21, 2014
    It's ideas have a substantial depth to them, and the acting and writing add up to a, not the most extraordinary, but significantly underrated sci-fi 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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