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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
    80
    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
    60
    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: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. ALF
    Aug 28, 2011
    10
    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
  2. Sep 16, 2014
    10
    Gattaca is a vastly complex thriller with high caliber acting and the movie has a cool concept. The movie
    depicts how a futuristic society
    has classes of people divided by their genes. Nothing else but a person's
    genes determines how they will fit into society.
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  3. Sep 16, 2014
    10
    Gattaca is a very clever thriller with a terrific science fiction parable. One of my favourite movies.
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  4. FranciscoC.
    Jan 28, 2007
    9
    The ideas that the director wanted to give behind this story line is fantastic. A future where the human society and civilization would depend upon the diference of genes, and that because a human wasent artificially created genetaly it does not mean it can have a bright soul and perspective of life. Niccol as well did a tremendous job in briging close to us to his world. Expand
  5. Feb 27, 2013
    9
    Gattaca is one of the most beautiful, unique, intelligent and heartbreaking science fiction films of all time. The visual aesthetic, music and acting are all absolutely perfect. The movie's lofty metaphors give it credence beyond mere entertainment and it packs a powerful emotional punch. Gattaca is just simply phenomenal. Expand
  6. Jun 21, 2014
    8
    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
  7. Mar 7, 2013
    0
    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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