Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16

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  1. A fine example of digital filmmaking, and Weintrob and his co-writer, Andrew Osborne, manage to raise some serious issues regarding the Internet without taking themselves too seriously.
  2. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    The movie falls flat at the end, unnecessarily linking all of the characters in what seems to be an attempt to show how it really is a small world after all.
  3. 60
    Weintrob's background in interactive media keeps the film's technology unusually current, but his predictable tongue-clucking over Internet relationships places him squarely in the Luddite camp.
  4. 60
    There's nothing unconventional or daring about On_Line, but considering how cheap it undoubtedly was to make, the acting, writing and direction all stand up pretty well; this is more intelligent and better structured than at least half the Hollywood movies I see.
  5. Weintrob's shallow analysis of virtual reality might have been more resonant in the mid-'90s, but he seems well aware that some things are timeless: By the end of his film, he has firmly shifted focus, concentrating far less on the cyber than on the sex.
  6. 50
    The film is hardly profound, but the form perfectly fits the content..
  7. 50
    The film's redeeming feature is that it knows how sad these people are, and finds the correct solution to their problems: They meet in the flesh.
  8. 50
    Weintrob's stylish visuals mimic Web technologies, which succeed in making his characters seem all the more removed from reality. Now if someone would find a way to equip theater seats with a ''delete'' key, we could be rid of them completely.
  9. Acted with enough zest by its cast to give these not especially endearing people a poignant human dimension.
  10. Faces the same problem of all sex-themed films, in that cinematic sex is often unsexy.
  11. 30
    As the characters mix and mingle, pouring out their tales of woe online and fumbling real-life connections, Weintrob leaves no cliché unturned in getting to root causes of behavior.
  12. 30
    Most of the action in this 2001 indie drama takes place on computer screens, with grainy faces framed by sharp little boxes; the 21st-century conceit is topical enough but the characters and their problems couldn't be more stale.
  13. 25
    It's really just about a bunch of pathetic losers whiling away the hours with their hands jammed down their pants.
  14. There's something so familiar and commonplace about this story and its characters...it's hard to get particularly thrilled.
  15. 20
    Indifferently written, passably acted, resourcefully shot in video with enlivening splashes of local color.
  16. Listless, self-absorbed slackers stare into computer monitors, groan about their lives and moan during cyber sex in On_Line. It makes you wonder, is there is a market for soft-porn movies for lonely geeks? Isn't that what computers are for in the first place?

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