New Line Home Video | Release Date: August 23, 2002 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
49
METASCORE
Mixed or average reviews based on 38 Critics
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11
Mixed:
21
Negative:
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It's also unclear just what Niccol wanted this film to be: a satire? a spoof? a black comedy? a pointed social commentary? Perhaps all of the above - way too many hats for a movie this slight to wear.
60
That's not to say Simone doesn't offer a good time. Shove aside its self-righteous agenda and it's a deft kick, a light comedy whenever it's not trying to play heavy. And it's bolstered by Al Pacino in a lively performance.
60
I don't believe that anyone will have much trouble seeing what's wrong with the picture, but it's one of those bad movies that you remember with a smile a year later. [9 September 2002, p. 162]
50
But for what it is, the film supplies enough laughs to bury most nagging existential questions.