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Transcendence (2014)

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Wally Pfister

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About the Movie

Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can... but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 209
  • Fresh: 41
  • Rotten: 168
  • Average Rating: 4.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Remember when paycheck-hungry actors were accused of phoning in a performance? Johnny Depp spins that for millennials in Transcendence by Skpying in his performance. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Apr 24, 2014

Rotten: "Transcendence" is a moronic stew of competing impulses - bad science meets bad sociology meets bad theology ... – Andrew O'Hehir,, Apr 20, 2014

Rotten: The movie is rhythmless, shapeless, and, with the exception of a few shots, cheesy-looking. – David Denby, New Yorker, May 5, 2014

Rotten: Pfister and Paglen are going for emotional intimacy, but they forgot to add enough shading to their ensemble to land any kind of punch. – David Sims, The Atlantic, Sep 22, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Great movie

As usual, Rotten Tomatoes completely missed the mark. This was a well done futuristic sci fi movie that incorporates concepts of futurism, evolution, and man's struggle to deal with moral and ethical dilemmas posed by advances in technology.

Johnny Depp does a great job at playing a low key scientist developing artificially intelligent systems to mimic human behavior. His conflict with terrorist luddites provides the backdrop to his personal conflict with his love and colleagues.

A well done movie that will intrigue and excite.

A must watch!!!

Great movie

Pay no attention to the critics, this is a great movie. There is little in this movie that isn't thought provoking, and couldn't happen in the near future.

You guys are all crazy

This movie is awesome there was great acting and a great storyline and it was just so good to watch and I can watch this over and over again, so all you people with the bad ratings for this one can just be an idiot because this is a good movie I'm just mad because it had a bad rating and I almost didn't watch it because of the rating but the movie gravity got pretty good rating and that movie sucked!!!

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