New Line Home Video | Release Date: August 23, 2002
8.8
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Universal acclaim based on 181 Ratings
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YoonC.Sep 15, 2003
Good comic performance by Pacino and nice cameo by Ryder but the movie is predicated on the notion that all of humanity--from studio execs to mass audience--are really dumb and gullible. Would have worked better as nonsense comedy but Good comic performance by Pacino and nice cameo by Ryder but the movie is predicated on the notion that all of humanity--from studio execs to mass audience--are really dumb and gullible. Would have worked better as nonsense comedy but strains toward satire and doesn't quite make it. Expand
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ChadS.Aug 28, 2002
A studio film, being what it is in 2002, makes laughing a little difficult since the product Hollywood throws at us is no laughing matter. "Simone" finally comes to life when Victor(Al Pacino) tries to destroy his Frankenstein and is A studio film, being what it is in 2002, makes laughing a little difficult since the product Hollywood throws at us is no laughing matter. "Simone" finally comes to life when Victor(Al Pacino) tries to destroy his Frankenstein and is unsuccessful. Victor's waking nightmare mirrors how we often feel at the movies. "Simone" is a missed opportunity to really pin the tail on Hollywood. Instead Mr. Niccol casts intelligent actors like Catherine Keener & Evan Rachel Wood, then creates characters who can't figure out they're being played. The highwire act Victor performs to protect his secret is hard to swallow but fooling Elaine(Keener), the studio head, is the worst offense to this film's credibility. Niccol seems to be thumbing his nose at women in power. Collapse
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