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  • Summary: People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates—sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It's an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don't exist. When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBIPeople are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates—sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It's an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don't exist. When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Greer discovers a vast conspiracy behind the surrogate phenomenon and must abandon his own surrogate, risking his life to unravel the mystery. (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. What follows is pulp made near-profound through director Jonathan Mostow’s sure-handed guidance.
  2. 75
    Among cheesy sci-fi movies meant to make you think, I'll take Surrogates over "District 9." Both are highly derivative, but in the course of recombining the basic chromosomes of "Blade Runner," "The Matrix" and especially "I, Robot," Surrogates nudges the robo-thriller in an interesting direction.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Mostow's smart speculative suspenser imagines a time when people can live through ideal versions of themselves while they sit wired up at home.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    A reasonably watchable sci-fi B movie, a case of a good director and some intriguing ideas struggling to overcome formula plotting, limp dialogue, and a serious case of the sillies.
  5. A mechanical sci-fi'er absent of logic or emotions. It functions as an expensive place-filler on the Disney release schedule and, as such, will be welcomed by only the least discriminating thriller fans.
  6. In this kind of industrial entertainment, particularly one that seems to be missing some connective narrative tissue, it’s hard to know if the writers or the director can be credited or blamed for what’s left on screen.
  7. 0
    Surrogates' morality is less Asimov than asinine, although it's bizarrely reassuring, in a nihilistic sort of way, to believe that in the future, when the world is ready to play The Sims for real (so to speak), our avatars are all going to look like generic porn stars with shitty airbrush jobs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 46
  2. Negative: 11 out of 46
  1. AngelaF
    Nov 4, 2009
    10
    Interesting take on the future obsession for physical perfection.
  2. EricL.
    Sep 26, 2009
    9
    I liked this a lot, but it's kind of hard to describe. It reminded me of the video game, Bioshock. I thought I would give it an 8, but I liked this a lot, but it's kind of hard to describe. It reminded me of the video game, Bioshock. I thought I would give it an 8, but it was so thrilling that it's worth a 9, and it's pretty hard to dislike. Expand
  3. JasonD.
    Sep 28, 2009
    8
    I must say that I actually enjoyed this movie. I did not go into it expecting the next great action movie. I went in wanting good action and I must say that I actually enjoyed this movie. I did not go into it expecting the next great action movie. I went in wanting good action and good special effects. I was very pleased. Could it of been better? Of course it could of but overall it was pretty good. Expand
  4. ShamimA.
    Nov 8, 2009
    6
    Nice SCI FI. though it has some I-ROBOTish issue! but the story was good. this movie needed some more. explanations. Bruce willies! rocks!
  5. Feb 20, 2012
    5
    Surrogates (2009): Potentially good movie with a great premise ruined by a cheesy, shallow and awkward script. If the script was fleshed outSurrogates (2009): Potentially good movie with a great premise ruined by a cheesy, shallow and awkward script. If the script was fleshed out better, and the director wasn't verging on stylish action-movie mode it could have been substantial. I can't help but feel Mostow was trying to channel Spielberg here, but couldn't quite cope. Mostow is no JJ Abrams. Expand
  6. NerijusD
    Oct 12, 2009
    4
    The idea wasn't fully thought through.
  7. JasonC
    Dec 7, 2009
    0
    I'm sorry but I really did not like this movie it was slow going and boring. I went with a friend because he wanted to see it if I I'm sorry but I really did not like this movie it was slow going and boring. I went with a friend because he wanted to see it if I wasn't with my friend I would have walked out. That is 88 min I will never get back. Expand

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