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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
    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. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    60
    Niccol's work is artful but self-important and thin.
  6. Although the movie has its moments -- particularly when our hero finds himself surrounded by a gimlet-eyed circle of futuristic detectives -- it's never really successful.
  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: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Oct 18, 2012
    10
    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 aEvery 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
  2. Mar 30, 2014
    10
    I am not exaggerating when I say Gattaca is he most underrated and unappreciated movie of the last century. Andrew Niccol has crafted a trulyI 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
    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.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. Oct 15, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Des films d'anticipation, il y en a eu un bon nombre. Chacun avec un sujet différent et intéressant, mais qui a été souvent gâché par un long-métrage, au final, bâclé. Pour Bienvenue à Gattaca, il est heureux de voir qu'il échappe à ce sort, haut la main. Que pourrais-je bien trouver de mauvais sur ce véritable chef-d'oeuvre (c'est bien le mot adéquat) d'Andrew Niccol? Si l'on veut être pointilleux, on pourrait critiquer légèrement quelques longueurs. Mais là, ça serait être assez dur (et je le suis souvent) envers ce film quasi parfait, au scénario incroyablement intelligent, aux acteurs talentueux, à la direction artistique exemplaire et à la mise en scène splendide qui offre au film une ambiance qui lui est bien spécifique. Bienvenue à Gattaca reste à ce jour le meilleur film d'anticipation qui puisse exister et peut s'en vanter! Expand
  5. Jun 12, 2014
    8
    This is a really good science fiction film. Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, and Alan Arkin, turn in great performances here and you canThis is a really good science fiction film. Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, and Alan Arkin, turn in great performances here and you can really feel the emotion in their performances. The score is also brilliant and the thrills/intrigue are provided quite capably by this one. In addition, the sets are effects are really well done. However, where this one truly excels is in its message. A warning about eugenics, Gattaca is not really a science fiction film or a thriller. Rather, it is an inspirational film as it shows that no matter what people think, you can achieve your dreams if you work hard enough to do so, even if there are things that could/will hold you back. In terms of the science fiction, the futuristic elements and technologies are all really well done and developed, plus all are very interesting ideas that may seem implausible now, but could be fact in just a matter of time. The thriller element was also interesting, but since I do not want to spoil too much, I will not mention what I like about it, but it keeps you on edge as you try to see if the cops will figure everything out or not. Overall, Gattaca is a smart, thrilling film that grabs a hold of you early on and does not let go until the film is over. Expand
  6. Dec 16, 2012
    8
    Intelligent, thought provoking science fiction drama that works because of it's meticulous details accompanying an inventive, plausibleIntelligent, thought provoking science fiction drama that works because of it's meticulous details accompanying an inventive, plausible screenplay with impressive performances by a stellar cast. In the future, society has been categorized by genetically inferior humans (ones whose lives have already been determined by genetic engineering), or the normal under-classed human. whose fate is determined by knowledge and education. A genetically inferior man Vincent (Hawke) assumes the identity of a superior one (Law) in order to achieve his dream of space travel. Presents a variety of weighty, intriguing topics for introspection. For additional reviews visit http://www.rottentomatoes.com/member/Nesbitt10 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 videoPretentious, 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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