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by Greg Muskewitz

"Hardly a simulation."
3 stars

A flimsy piece of sci-fi and a big-minded satire of Hollywood and movie stars, starring Al Pacino as a down-on-his-luck director who stumbles onto the perfect actress: the one who he clandestinely creates via computer imagery.

Problem being, once she, Simone (singularly monikered, like Madonna), is an instantaneous success, her presence looms much larger than that of even her creator. The movie has a lot to criticize the film industry and star system for, but not without falling prey to many of the points in contention. By becoming susceptible, director Andrew Niccol’s biggest folly is his own loss of creative integrity. In his attempt to whip up a flurry of satirical landmarks (many of which are cleverly humorous), his natural predisposition and affiliation to the sci-fi genre is exchanged with this bigger bid for the typical Hollywood film itself. Niccol, by trading his allegiance, is thereby placed within the same contexts of avarice that he himself censures. With Catherine Keener, Evan Rachel Wood, Rachel Roberts and Winona Ryder.

[See it if you must.]

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User Comments

8/17/08 mr.mike It was surprisingly bearable - until the "murder" subplot does it in. 3 stars
8/01/04 gonda,joyce anne m. a virtual reality movie 5 stars
7/29/04 khei santos cool! unbelievable, great movie 4 stars
1/24/04 Elena A whimsical, almost goofy plot with some holes but still very engaging and overall, magical 4 stars
1/09/04 Zaharin Hamid aka The Movie Samseng Great movie. I love Al Pacino. Evan Rachel Wood is HOT! 5 stars
12/21/03 Matt Really, truly great with spot-on satire. 5 stars
10/21/03 Charles Tatum Smart satire completely mismarketed by New Line 4 stars
10/14/03 Erik Van Sant I have seen the face of pure shit...and it is Simone. Un-fucking-watchable. 1 stars
9/30/03 malcolm beautifully shot; galactically hokey 3 stars
7/28/03 francis Didn't make it past the first 20 minutes. Not funny! 2 stars
3/10/03 Matt Thiel I was actually yelling at the screen. Hey Niccol, you have talent, what the hell happened? 1 stars
3/08/03 Andrew Carden Average Dramedy Is Saved By Pacino's Serious Performance. 3 stars
11/21/02 Reini Urban Interesting topic and cast. But quite not enough. 3 stars
10/09/02 LIEZL GREAT 3 stars
10/03/02 Heidi Ho Al Pacino makes remarkable recovery after languishing Sleepless Far North Of Seattle 4 stars
8/25/02 rue the whirl great ideas, but the execution fell flat. i loved "gattaca" by the way 3 stars
8/23/02 wintermute Someday, Niccol will start giving more than a cursory examination of his ideas. 3 stars
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  23-Aug-2002 (PG-13)



Directed by
  Andrew Niccol

Written by
  Andrew Niccol

  Al Pacino
  Rachel Roberts
  Catherine Keener
  Jay Mohr
  Winona Ryder
  Jason Schwartzman

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