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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: 212
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 170
  • 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


Thanks, to Johnny Depp for a subperb performance. Great movie. Pirates didn't interest me at all. This movie is not as fore-fetched as it may seem. Science and technology is involving so rapidly. I can only imagine were we'll be in the very near future.

Best Movie of this Genre this Year!

Don't understand why this movie didn't get more recognition. I thought it was brilliant. I loved every minute of it. Truly thought provoking and fresh.

Great movie

but it just makes me realize how dumb human raise can be. Disappointing ending.

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