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  • Summary: When his lead actress walks off the set, a disillusioned film producer (Pacino) creates a digital star who becomes an overnight sensation.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. Hilariously inventive Hollywood satire.
  2. For all its flaws, offers an enjoyable look at the machinations of moviedom and fame, and a look into a future where what is real and what isn't becomes scarily blurred.
  3. 70
    The best scenes play like "Frankenstein" revisited, with a comically bedraggled Pacino cast as the mad scientist trying to protect his runaway creation from a rabid public.
  4. 50
    Writer-director Andrew Niccol -- gets this Hollywood satire off to a rousing start. But the middle flattens, despite Pacino firing on all cylinders. And the end just nose-dives into something silly and, worse, sentimental.
  5. 50
    Because it's Pacino, though, Simone is never quite boring.
  6. 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.
  7. Such a tedious Hollywood farce, so unpleasantly glib and relentlessly shallow, that Pacino's excessive performance is not even the worst thing about it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15

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