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A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Dear God, what a train wreck."
2 stars

There's one moment early in "A.I.," Steven Spielberg's lavish, long-awaited fantasy, that promises a far more complex experience than we end up getting.

David (Haley Joel Osment), a "mecha" (robot) designed to act as a child, is having dinner with his adoptive "parents" (Frances O'Connor and Sam Robards). Actually, David is only pretending to have dinner, since he can't eat. Anyway, Monica, the mother, has a long strand of food dangling from her mouth -- the sort of thing a kid would laugh at -- so David lets out a raucous simulation of a laugh, scaring the hell out of both "parents." Then they laugh uneasily at him. Then he laughs some more. Then they all laugh some more. Then, finally, they just stare at each other.

This brief, wordless sequence, with its barely repressed hysteria popping out like a switchblade, sends a ripple of equally uneasy laughter through the audience; it says, very economically, pretty much everything A.I. has to say. The rest of the movie, even before the disastrous triple non-ending, features some of the most elaborate bumbling I've ever seen from a great filmmaker. And Spielberg is great, or, rather, he once was. No longer content to be an ingenious entertainer, he now wants to improve us; his movies have become the equivalents of the latest Oprah Book Club selection -- each story is picked according to its potential for uplift.

What Spielberg doesn't, or can't, recognize is that this story has no such potential. A.I. began life as a 1969 short story by Brian Aldiss. For years, the late Stanley Kubrick wanted to turn the story into a movie; he consulted Spielberg on the visual effects he wanted to use for it, and even suggested Spielberg direct it and he himself produce it. After Kubrick's death, his estate offered the project to Spielberg, who takes sole screenplay credit, working from a "screen story" by Ian Watson. To put it mildly, what Spielberg has done with the material is not what Kubrick might have done with it, though the fact remains that Kubrick spent years trying to find a cinematic way into the story and couldn't. What made Spielberg think he could? He can't, either.

William Hurt appears at the beginning, as a robot-engineering guru named Professor Hobby (very subtle). We're in the future; the ice caps have melted, submerging the coastal cities and drowning millions, and mechas have been created to take care of some of the tasks humans used to do. Apparently, they're only available to the elite who can afford them; the movie doesn't get much into the middle-class or working-class response to the mechas, or their resentment at being replaced by them -- though this is alluded to in a dark-carnival scene of violence, set at the "Flesh Fair," where malfunctioning robots are shot out of cannons or drenched with acid for the amusement of hooting mobs of lowbrows.

So, is artificial intelligence good or bad? Kubrick would have concluded that any robotic intelligence designed and controlled by fallible humans is bound to break down eventually (see HAL 9000). Spielberg, on the other hand, doesn't seem to know or care. But back to Professor Hobby, who speaks about the need to build a mecha capable of love. Such a creation, he reasons, will be perfect for couples who cannot have (or have lost) a real child. Someone brings up the question of what happens when a loving mecha is thrown in with people who cannot love it in return; Professor Hobby is stuck for an answer, and so is the movie, which in any case doesn't linger very long on the question.

When David is brought home to his human "parents" -- whose genetic son is cryogenically frozen until doctors can find a cure for whatever's wrong with him -- we're meant to find David a bit creepy (an overused word in reviews of A.I., but it fits). We identify with the bafflement and, eventually, the horror felt by the parents as they watch this simulacrum interact with their real son, Martin (Jake Thomas), who has been cured and brought home. Martin is sportive and sadistic towards David; sometimes he seems to think it's cool to have a mecha for an adopted brother, other times he seems to find the very idea of David -- and of being replaced by him, even if only temporarily -- offensive.

In any event, most of this is forgotten once Monica, frightened by one mishap too many, takes David to a remote, woodsy area and abandons him. This, I think, is where the movie first seriously goes astray: Spielberg abandons a cool, contemplative premise in favor of masochistic longing -- he leaves his own movie out in an emotional nowhere to fend for itself, and it's not a pretty sight. In a cruelly overextended scene, David weeps and begs his cherished mother to take him back. If done differently, the moment could resonate across many fields of experience in the audience, but Spielberg oversells it, just as he goes on to oversell everything else in the movie.

A viewer might assume that the stage is being set for a fable in the tradition of A Clockwork Orange, which thirty years ago was already parodying this sort of woe-is-me trauma (in the scenes wherein Malcolm McDowell, post-Ludivico, returns home and is rejected, beaten and nearly killed). Spielberg has something different in mind, though: a series of disjointed adventures that smack dangerously of the frantic exertions in his Hook. David meets up with a sex robot named Gigolo Joe (Jude Law), who has been framed for the murder of one of his female clients. Joe's backstory seems pointless except to explain why he's on the lam and to provide yet another instance of human mistreatment of mechas. We're meant to feel, helplessly, that this just isn't fair. To paraphrase John Lennon, mechas are the niggers of the world, used up and then torn apart. This sounds like Kubrick in rare form, but Spielberg's tone is way off. The tenor of the movie is oddly resentful: these worthless, compassionless humans don't deserve the service of the very beings they've built. Humans are seen as crude, incompetent gods sending their creations into squalor. Kubrick might have chuckled icily at the hubris of man playing God; Spielberg stamps his foot and says it just isn't right.

Together, David and Joe narrowly escape the Flesh Fair (a disturbing sequence until Spielberg apparently decides he's gone far enough and makes the screaming crowd have a sudden change of heart towards David) and wander around Rouge City, a sort of Ralph Bakshi carnal wonderland complete with open female mouths swallowing the highways that lead into the city. Spielberg blows a chance to show how Joe might thrive in a place like this; Jude Law, bounding into the movie with a phallic energy that recalls McDowell's in Clockwork, is mostly thrown away for his troubles (Spielberg treats him like a mecha). Joe doesn't really belong to this story as Spielberg is telling it, anyway; he's being imposed onto the material -- he can be yanked out at any time without harming the narrative. After some dawdling, the two wind up in a sort of informational kiosk, speaking with a digital guru named Dr. Know, with the voice of Robin Williams. Like an earlier vocal cameo by Chris Rock as a minstrelly-looking mecha who gets shot through a propeller at the Flesh Fair, Williams' Einstein shtick takes you out of the movie -- you start wondering if Billy Crystal or Whoopi Goldberg will turn up as well.

Brian Aldiss' original story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long," reissued in a collection of the same name along with two follow-up stories Aldiss wrote 30 years later, is much more haunting; anything chilling in A.I. -- other than film-specific inventions like the Flesh Fair -- derives pretty much from Aldiss. The two sequel stories, particularly the middle one "Supertoys When Winter Comes," take the premise of David and his fuzzy-bear robot friend Teddy into even darker territory: for instance, in the middle tale, David flips out and dissects Teddy to prove that he and Teddy are real, and goes on a rampage that results in the death of his mother figure. If A.I. had given us a David who desperately, futilely seeks the love of his mommy -- who can't return his love because she's dead -- some of the metaphysical gassing in the final half hour might have had more of a point.

As it is, David is just a sweet little "boy" who's hardwired to love his mother (once she has "imprinted" him with a few random words); when he encounters the tale of Pinocchio and the Blue Fairy who could turn the puppet into a real boy, he adds that to his pull-down menu of obsessions, and the movie becomes about how he yearns to become "real" so that his mother will love him. Spielberg seems as obsessed with Pinocchio as his little hero is. To be fair, Kubrick was the one who insisted on keeping the Blue Fairy stuff in the movie, much to the bemusement of Aldiss, who notes in his foreword to his collection that "I tried to persuade Stanley that he should create a great modern myth to rival Dr. Strangelove and 2001, and to avoid fairy tale." Kubrick didn't take this perfectly sound advice, and neither did Spielberg.

David winds up in Professor Hobby's headquarters, where he confronts irrefutable proof that he really is a robot, though you'd think he would've figured that out by now. In Aldiss' stories, David is in denial about his mecha nature throughout; in the movie, things happen to him that obviously separate him from humans, such as malfunctioning when he tries to eat spinach. (Is this Spielberg's joke on kids who won't eat their spinach? Or a free-floating Popeye reference?) But when David encounters another David, he flies into a rage and bashes the other David's head clean off -- Kubrick popping up again, maybe: even a perfect little mecha can be made bestial and violent by human passions. Spielberg, though, films this atrocity -- we've seen that David can feel pain, so we assume this other David can, too -- entirely neutrally, as if it were a necessary step on the hero's mythic path. Are we not supposed to care about the second David's destruction because he's just a robot? If so, why were we prompted to care about the robots at the Flesh Fair? Or, for that matter, about the David we've been watching?

At this point, we're hovering around the two-hour mark, but Spielberg isn't anywhere near finished with us yet. Joe goes out of the picture rather abruptly and absurdly, leaving behind a gnomic announcement: "I am. I was." (Between this and Tom Hanks' "Earn this," Spielberg seems to have cornered the market on quasi-profound catchphrases. Djimon Hounsou's "Give us free" also would not be out of place here.) David goes underwater -- we're in Manhattan now, where the Statue of Liberty is submerged up to its torch -- and ends up at Coney Island, where he parks himself in front of an old plaster Blue Fairy and waits. And waits.

"Two thousand years passed," narrator Ben Kingsley informs us -- what? -- and now we're into a post-humanity Ice Age, where super-advanced mechas who look like shimmering Giacometti sculptures are trying to recreate the human race by digging around in the ice for human DNA. David awakes, reasserts his desire to be loved by his mother, and is given his mother, revived for only one day so that he can finally hear her say that she loves him. (Is this Spielberg delivering a message to the parents in the audience -- "Tell your kids you love them before it's too late"?) This may be the first solipsistic epic since 2001, but it has none of that film's wonder or mystery -- Spielberg collapses into spasms of exposition, suffocating the uncanny with verbiage, and one's boredom and exasperation may turn into anger. It's as if Spielberg were trying to ape the Kubrick of Eyes Wide Shut, who allowed Sydney Pollack to drone on and on about what the past half hour's events didn't mean (in retrospect, the Pollack speech is pretty funny, though -- it tweaks our desire to see the mystery cleared up).

This is probably Spielberg's worst film since Hook, perhaps even worse than that other misguided fairy-tale revamp, since this one had the potential to be so much more. Haley Joel Osment tries very hard to be everything that this difficult role requires, but, unavoidably, his performance becomes more conventional and dull when David is on his own, with no one except other mechas to play off of; everything else in the movie dulls out, too. Spielberg appears to have latched onto the Pinocchio material, and all the rowdy adventures it made possible, as an escape hatch from the deeply uncomfortable scenes of David and his uncomprehending human family. Brian Aldiss knew what Spielberg, and Kubrick before him, didn't: that the story of Pinocchio is a too-easy parallel with this material, and that it throws out everything that might have made this film complex, specific, original. The movie goes outward when its nature -- its wiring as programmed by Aldiss -- demands that it turn inward. (Eventually it does turn inward, but in an extremely literalized, disappearing-up-its-own-ass way.)

If Spielberg had stayed home with the mecha and his family, and explored the implications of an inhuman boy showing more humanity than his human parents and sibling, he might've had a classic. What he has delivered is the scattered wreckage of a good idea -- a mechanical thing clogged with emotional spinach.

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originally posted: 12/24/06 20:56:53
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9/12/17 morris campbell very good very sad 4 stars
7/25/15 Jim Extremely underrated movie. Not all movies must be short. 5 stars
3/22/15 Anne One of the worst soap operas is better than this! 1 stars
3/09/15 stanley welles an enthralling piece of filmmaking 5 stars
10/08/12 leila wollman human questions without concrete answers, except for the ovtransformational effect of love 5 stars
9/28/11 Joel K. A little too long, and convoluted.... 2 stars
5/09/11 Sam Movie starts off amazing, but the ending is a little stupid... 4 stars
10/28/10 Rolly Hyatt Not a bad movie, but absolutely sad and depressing. As others have said, no happy ending. 4 stars
8/26/10 Bob Sharamatew It is number one on my list as the worst film ever made. Every scene is abysmal. 1 stars
8/22/10 leslie landberg This felt left me feeling angry and cheated. What sentimental tripe. Great premise. 2 stars
7/23/10 Khizer Haley Joel Osment, is the best child actor I have ever seen the movie is best of spilberg 5 stars
6/02/10 User Name Beatifully made, but ultimatlly draining. 4 stars
4/07/10 JBD Mesmerizing film that I keep watching...I'm drawin in every time. 5 stars
12/16/09 John Ko AI is the worst in a long line of simplistic over-wrought melodramas by Spielberg. Awful. 1 stars
9/24/09 george webster I enjoyed the film,but that kid(robot) was so annoying! 4 stars
7/11/09 the dork knight I was pretty pisse that the Teddy Bear didn't even get a "thank you" for all his hard work! 4 stars
5/12/09 Tim So misunderstood. That is no happy ending. Stunning. 5 stars
3/30/09 Nate Amazing movie! very sad, depressing, visually amazing. ending felt added on... but 5 stars
3/05/09 Elaine i liked this film.. but I didn't like the ending! but it worth the watch 3 stars
9/27/08 Samantha Pruitt this was long and boring, but with cool special affects 3 stars
9/04/08 Rachel This movie was so brilliant and so misunderstood. One of my favorite sci-fi films ever. 5 stars
8/31/08 Bored Viewer Dont even bother, I lost two hours of my life 1 stars
3/02/08 ladavies I could not get into this movie, maybe I'll try again some day. 2 stars
1/31/08 Bonny S. I thought it was a good movie, maybe alittle slow. 4 stars
12/14/07 Jason The most boring sci-fi movie ever. Watching grass growing would be more entertaining. 1 stars
6/07/07 lockie Ending Sucks, mecha can't be turned off but destroyed instead!!?? 1 stars
4/20/07 om prakash nice 4 stars
4/15/07 VINAYAK RANJAN Its almost 7 year now to seen this movie, helps me lot in AI lecture classes @ MIT, Purnea 5 stars
3/15/07 johnnyfog VERY uncomfortable to watch. 4 stars
1/27/07 David Pollastrini a bit slow in places but still good 4 stars
1/12/07 Yoda It asks what life is, what love is. Spielberg's finest film. 5 stars
1/02/07 david anthony pretty sad at the very end i cried a lot because it was so sad 5 stars
11/05/06 Chris ok movie not as good as I thought it would be 3 stars
9/27/06 chris f a very good and interesting film i enjoyed it 5 stars
9/23/06 miguel it was pretty good but the at most times depressing 4 stars
9/16/06 ProSneakyD The most unusal but visually astounding sci fi film made, Osments performance was superb. 5 stars
8/09/06 Dragon The Artist Another future wridden techno obsessed popcorn flick thats watchable, like I, Robot. 3 stars
6/11/06 Dave Webber Totally pretentious - Thomas was better than Osment 2 stars
5/19/06 MP Bartley An oddity, but one that gets better with repeated viewings. Ending is actually very dark. 4 stars
12/12/05 jordz byron bangis i think dat this film is really just a piece of shit, to gazzette pipol fuck you 4 using me 1 stars
9/24/05 D Buckley Should have ended when he was looking at the Blue Fairy 2 stars
9/02/05 Zack sucks 2 stars
9/01/05 Eden It pretends to be over, then drags on for another 20 mins. This happens about 5 times. Dull 2 stars
8/04/05 Radmill The best movie - HJOsment is the best actor 5 stars
6/14/05 TheOthersFan this movie is so horrendously bad that it achieves a sort of bogus grandeur. 1 stars
6/01/05 A.I Fan The best I've ever seen 5 stars
5/01/05 Littlepurch About 6 different plots - all crap.WHY did Spielberg & Osmend do this!Bear was only gd bit! 1 stars
3/26/05 indrid cold Odd and failed hybrid. Not cold enough to be 2001 or warm enough to be ET. 4 stars
2/21/05 Captain Craig A filme about the sorce and value of human love. 5 stars
2/01/05 ralph a true movie expert 32 yrs old weird film at times it captures you. but by end of the film it comes short on being great 4 stars
1/23/05 Emily David is the enduring symbol and memory of humans. 5 stars
1/03/05 David The ending is very very crappy 2 stars
12/12/04 Nicole I liked it through about the first half. The "concept" in the second half lost me. 4 stars
10/29/04 HL Junk! Can't figure why anyone would like this movie. 2 stars
10/23/04 ODH Don't waste your time on this flick, BORING... 1 stars
9/27/04 Ray The 200 rating 5 stars
8/06/04 bored mom Not a good sign when the toy bear and the gigolo are more interesting than the kid. 1 stars
7/13/04 Daveman The film's weakest moments are when you can sense Spielberg putting his hallmark on it. 4 stars
7/08/04 tatum First half better than second, Spielberg obviously whitewashed Kubrick's ideas 4 stars
6/25/04 M Hate the kid!!!! but loved the movie! 5 stars
6/22/04 Daniel Oh God, just make it stop! 2 stars
6/18/04 Denise Duspiva every time you thought it was going to end it didn't 3 stars
5/28/04 Will the third act was retarded. 4 stars
5/17/04 Jen Dreifort Amazing film. Very well acted 5 stars
5/14/04 Jack Sommersby Pretentious, amorphous Spielberg wank-fest. Law is superb but wasted. 2 stars
5/12/04 Vacha It's an emotional rollercoaster with amazing visuals and storytelling. Suck? NEVER. 5 stars
3/06/04 Jaco Visser Mankind's inherent evil shown at its best! Really, really fantastic film!!! 5 stars
2/14/04 Y Amazing- very emotional to the point of heartbreak, confusion, terror, and joy. 5 stars
1/07/04 A F Great, Exciting, Astounding! Thats what I would've sad if it didn't suck 2 stars
12/21/03 Snickerdoodle I would rent this again just to laugh at it. 1 stars
12/13/03 Wladyslaw Madejczyk, programer c++, instructor of japanese m.a. It is one of the best films I've ever seen. It will make your life better. 5 stars
12/12/03 human would you buy a device that can't be stopped once started? 1 stars
12/07/03 john endless stream of never ending boredom with rather superficial themes 1 stars
11/27/03 Joseph The ending wasn't as good as I hoped it would be, but otherwise the film was excellent. 4 stars
10/23/03 Kae Intelligent script, touching movie, HJO great actor! 5 stars
10/18/03 Littlepurch Teddy good. ALL ELSE SHITE!!! Depressing, boring, crap ending. Nothing good to say AT ALL! 1 stars
10/17/03 Josh Standlee I usually enjoy confusing movies (a.k.a Vanilla Sky) but this only had good special effects 2 stars
10/09/03 Erik Van Sant Two hours too long. Watch for the scene where Osment's face melts from spinach! 1 stars
9/20/03 Darryl The little kid was good, but overall this was a waste of my rental dollar. 2 stars
8/12/03 It's just me I love this movie. Haley Joel Osment is one talented kid. 5 stars
8/10/03 Nicole I had such mixed feelings about this movie. Most was OK, but I detested the entire ending 3 stars
8/07/03 pooface mcgee spielberg is a great director but also a sentimental, pussy old man 3 stars
6/16/03 Daniel i cared more about the teddy bear than about any other character 1 stars
6/13/03 Alice GOD THIS WAS THE WORST MOVIE I EVER SAW.It made me feel sick, seriously ! 1 stars
6/05/03 Erik Van Sant Spielberg has gone off the deep end of being a fucking pussy. This movie sucks ass. 1 stars
5/11/03 WeeZLe A disappointment, given the hype. If it didn't have such expectations, it've been better 3 stars
5/05/03 Dave Very underrated, but still would have been better with Kubrick. Very atmospheric. 5 stars
3/30/03 Jim Gloriously sad saga of a boy and his talking teddy bear and his friend the robotic gigolo 4 stars
3/11/03 GMan Should have ended with him stuck with the blue fairy, waiting for the impossible! 4 stars
2/24/03 Edward Chong Very touching 5 stars
2/23/03 TheOthersFan easily the worst movie ever made. See "minority report" for a GOOD sci-fi film. 1 stars
2/20/03 Lara Tried to watch it again to affirm my opion and it still stands....this one sucks a fat one. 1 stars
1/22/03 Pinkline Jones Jose Luis Osbourne - Who gives a Rat's! 1 stars
1/21/03 alex breathtaking 5 stars
12/30/02 Flick Chick see it twice before you judge 5 stars
12/27/02 KOMUNYSTA Should have ended when he jumps off od building into water. Proof of his humanity. 4 stars
12/08/02 Allen Great looking, but average film. Wierdly dark. 3 stars
12/06/02 Kyle I was disappointed in this one. 3 stars
11/15/02 Big Ted Another of Spielberg's Masterpieces! 5 stars
10/19/02 Paul Horrible, I thought it would never end. One of the worst ever 1 stars
10/05/02 TheOthersFan WORST MOVIE OF ALL TIME!!!!! 1 stars
10/01/02 John McNew Oscar-worthy acting, great special effects and a intricate story make it a hit! 5 stars
7/29/02 Captain Midol Jeez, I'd have had a better time at the dentist. 1 stars
7/06/02 mac One of the most misunderstood films ever. A fairyale for the 21st century. 5 stars
7/03/02 KMG I have never detested a movie so much. It was dreary, dreadful, and hope-sucking...AI: FU! 1 stars
6/21/02 Bart Not good. Too many endings. 3 stars
6/10/02 Me Underrated. I thought it was great! The kid, as usual, is sensational 5 stars
5/30/02 JesseL Great effects, nothing else. Triple scoops of sentimentality. Mommy mommy. Whine whine... 1 stars
5/20/02 Shrike A more patient, intelligent Sc-Fi film than most 4 stars
5/20/02 siro The most beautiful picture I have ever seen. 5 stars
4/18/02 Unanon It had me, then it lost me, then it had me again... whoops! Nope, It lost me!! 2 stars
4/15/02 Danielle Ophelia I've seen better in the Spielberg/Kubrik corner, but it works. Somehow it works. 4 stars
4/08/02 Keith Good, until hokey ending. Should've stopped when kid got trapped. 4 stars
4/02/02 El Talboto If only Kubrick had done it himself... the visual effects were great 4 stars
3/30/02 Goldman This movie should be given Oscars in all categories. Then, the world should end. 1 stars
3/30/02 Spyguy2 I had a lump in my throat...one of the deepest and most moving sci-fi pics ever 5 stars
3/29/02 othree sad, futile, clean special effects, loved the gigalos' performance 4 stars
3/24/02 Lana Are you kidding? What the fuck was that? 1 stars
3/15/02 JesseL Moving moments, some great scenes, but lost its focus 4 stars
3/13/02 Scott Easily the best sci-fi flick ever. Far underrated. 5 stars
3/08/02 The Bomb 69 Kubrick would have done better but solid nonetheless 4 stars
3/06/02 Alan Smithee While I'm sure the movie would have worked much better with Kubrick directing, it's solid. 4 stars
3/01/02 Chowie It was very good, but too long............................................................. 4 stars
2/20/02 Xaver Way too long. This film needed better editing. 3 stars
2/16/02 Mitja Podgajski Crap 1 stars
1/19/02 Andrew Carden The Kid Is Awesome. 5 stars
1/14/02 Murray Castles The great director sets his sights in a new direction and once again shows his class 5 stars
12/11/01 slappy jacks speilberg certainly captured kubrik's style great work spielberg! 5 stars
11/28/01 Christian Best movie of the year. The end is very special. 5 stars
11/11/01 Jon C. Ericson Thank you Spielberg for turning Kubrick's film into a dark "E.T." 2 stars
10/29/01 titsboobyala i just cant find the words to describe how horribly bad this movie is 1 stars
10/25/01 Spock One either loves or hates this picture. I fall into the former category. HJO was awesome. 5 stars
10/23/01 Tony Leave the theatre when you think it has finished. 1 stars
10/22/01 Peter Richardson Excellent 5 stars
10/14/01 gus acting was great - plot,... a little lacking (to say the least) 3 stars
10/13/01 Bevan R. Clark The last half hour is such a cop out! Fuck the blue fairy! 2 stars
10/08/01 James k what a pieceof shit...seeing it was a waste of time 1 stars
10/02/01 Matthew Bartley Thought-provoking.Great to admire, difficult to love 4 stars
9/29/01 Mohammad J. Exploitative piece of garbage. I walked out. 1 stars
9/25/01 Jim Renwick Worth a look but just the once. 4 stars
9/25/01 viking not bad. could have been a lot better. 4 stars
9/24/01 Jual Hmmm not sur ...., still..last night I dreamt Teddy talked dirty to me so ..? 4 stars
9/21/01 bornslippy a film with so many false endings. i find myself standing up and had to sit down again. 2 stars
9/17/01 Christina Asdel What the hell was that? 1 stars
9/17/01 Southern Blues Disturbing and unrelentingly sad. awful ending. 4 stars
9/17/01 Murray Castles Great film. 5 stars
9/16/01 Spankachu it was okay but the ending sucked ass 3 stars
9/16/01 The Horror Powerful and visually stunning film, until Spielberg annaly raped me with the ending. 5 stars
9/16/01 Belinda The first half 9/10 then it dies. Worse than total crap! 1 stars
9/15/01 Donald Kennedy Superb film. Message missed in USA, received in Japan, Europe to follow. 5 stars
9/14/01 Garrett Cain Osment was exciting to watch. The bear...scary! 4 stars
9/13/01 Dani Linnell Aliens! They weren't aliens idiots!! They were Robots it says it then!!!!!! 5 stars
9/13/01 matthew smith one of the most original and exciting films of the year 5 stars
9/07/01 ARC There were no aliens dozy! They were robots!! 4 stars
8/28/01 Ealasaid I thought it was absolutely amazing. Can't wait until the dvd comes out^_^ 5 stars
8/26/01 spaceworm What if it had ended with him wishing to the statue? Killer. 5 stars
8/21/01 Erica It was okay, although the process was a little slow. 3 stars
8/20/01 spankachu aliens? where the hell did they come from? 2 stars
8/16/01 NEC Loved Osment and Law's acting....The Teddy was great! 5 stars
8/15/01 Dakamus What the fuck was with the aliens? What a fucked up ending. 2 stars
8/12/01 adrienne k loved it - teddy was the best actor (i want one!) 5 stars
8/10/01 auraka the biggest load of treacly crap to come oozing out of hollywood in ages - truly HORRID 1 stars
8/05/01 E-Funk Everything was going fine until Chris Rock was shot out of a cannon...I hated this movie. 1 stars
8/02/01 Big Peck This movie sucks pecker 1 stars
7/31/01 Vixor I thought it was brilliant. A couple problems- but overall very well made 4 stars
7/31/01 Andrew Domo The film is good emough but i find it inconsistent. It's overly sentimental but it's worth 4 stars
7/30/01 Monster W. Kung Messy plot. Very disturbing at times. It's clear that Kubrick and Spielberg don't mix well. 2 stars
7/30/01 Nicola Noon This film started well but totally lost its way 3 stars
7/30/01 Ro Sho Easily the best movie I have seen in theater this year, Sci-Fi how I like it. 5 stars
7/29/01 Bob jones Lets make a robot who can feel, and then TORTURE it! 2 stars
7/28/01 CDavis Spielberg answers the question: How will his own kids live happy lives after he is gone? 5 stars
7/27/01 Turtle A.I. really does try to be a classic epic, but it fails, although it is pretty good. 4 stars
7/24/01 SJKelley Spent the last half hour shaking my head in frustration. Money, talent and pedigree = blah 2 stars
7/21/01 Willamanthea The Story this movie is based on is much more intriguing than this movie. It was too long 4 stars
7/20/01 Tracie Spielberg’s latest gig starts off with an intriguing storyline, then, it plummets. The fir 3 stars
7/19/01 Lucie B Visually stunning and emotinonally gripping. A very memorable picture! 5 stars
7/19/01 Reto Berna A.I. is the best movie I've seen sooo far! 5 stars
7/16/01 chouck A week later and this movie is still pissing me off 3 stars
7/15/01 Christine Good thought provoking idea about humanity, but way too long and drawn out 3 stars
7/15/01 Kellie Bonnici predictable, unenchanting. This movie did not even remotely draw me in-it needed to.. 1 stars
7/15/01 Bueller It's no Eyes Wide Shut, THANKFULLY! This is a thoughtful, disturbing homage to Mr. Kubrick. 4 stars
7/14/01 siro I've seen it twice. This is one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. 5 stars
7/13/01 BrainPan I'm . . . not . . . sure. I'll get back to ya. 4 stars
7/12/01 Hypotheses A Flawed Ambitious Piece, But Great All the Same 4 stars
7/11/01 Nise alltogether a stunning movie, full of insight and wonder 5 stars
7/10/01 Thomas wow! 5 stars
7/10/01 Bud Not for children this film probes all of mans questions about God, humanity, science and lo 4 stars
7/09/01 Anne I've been thinking about it ever since I left the theatre...that has to mean something. 4 stars
7/09/01 sdfk 15 mins too long; narration irritating; heart wrenching otherwise 4 stars
7/09/01 John Roberson Seriously flawed but still better than usual Spielberg 4 stars
7/08/01 Paul Meade If only Kubrick had lived just a while longer, and made this his final film,. 4 stars
7/08/01 Perry Ferrel pretty good,should have ended at the blue fairy =/ 4 stars
7/08/01 Vincent Uhg. Were they writing the script as they went along? 2 stars
7/07/01 Daniel Plainly awesome 5 stars
7/06/01 Doug Jablin Don't pay for it in the theater, wait for it on HBO or better yet, the late late show. 2 stars
7/06/01 bluebeena Laughably bad, cheesy, and slow. The best part was when it was over. 1 stars
7/06/01 Indelusia Spielburg should be taken out back and beaten for wasting my time with this cheese. 1 stars
7/06/01 INCUBATOR You think you know what`s real. Reality doesn`t think so. 5 stars
7/05/01 Darren Shea Those who complain the ending is too sappy are viewing it too literally 5 stars
7/05/01 Fenris Apparently test audiences didn't like the ending, so they tacked on some cheese n' sap 3 stars
7/05/01 Ryan Phillippe gets hit by a car and it rules! Like having sex with a really broke chick satisfying (sort of), but it takes too damn long. 2 stars
7/05/01 Erik North A brilliant movie. If you leave your brains at home, of course, it won't work for you! 5 stars
7/05/01 wintermute Like being raped by Spielberg for 2.5 hours 1 stars
7/04/01 Mongolian Beef I saw this movie bone sober and I hated it. Saw it again drunk and i liked it. 5 stars
7/04/01 gromm It had the potential to be a great movie, but Spielburg used his saccharine touch on it. 3 stars
7/04/01 E Thought provoking and emotionally powerful. Great visual FX. 5 stars
7/03/01 sexx ed Absolutely unforgettable, very Kubrickian. Don't listen to the cynics, the ending was bold 5 stars
7/03/01 dr bernie the words fucking awesome aren't very fitting but it's a great movie. 5 stars
7/03/01 jim dyer required comments is stupid really really 4 stars
7/03/01 Triumph, the Insult Comic The ending kicked ass! you people need to get a clue 5 stars
7/03/01 Rich Cirivilleri It's comforting to know that the L.L. Bean catalog will survive into the future. 4 stars
7/02/01 Ricky Tried too hard with the story, but visuals were top notch. 3 stars
7/02/01 jhodgins I through I have seen everything, but this movie was the worst ever. 1 stars
7/02/01 Elladan An ending that will leave you saying, "What the fuck was Spielberg snorting?!" 3 stars
7/02/01 DisappointmentThy NameIs It should have ended submerged. See it to say you have and decide on your own 3 stars
7/02/01 The Stuff Some great moments but overall average. Effects and acting all great. 3 stars
7/02/01 Chris I could have produced a better ending... 4 stars
7/02/01 Larry McMullen facinating but unfullfilling. 4 stars
7/02/01 Tara ruined my weekend 1 stars
7/02/01 Hotaine The ending was actually Kubrick's idea from the beginning! 5 stars
7/02/01 Stephanie Well acted, make you think movie. Message important. 4 stars
7/02/01 DrLauraIsABitch (doo dah, doo dah) Pinochio meets Clockwork Orange. Worth every penny of admission. 5 stars
7/02/01 Stephanie great performances by the cast 5 stars
7/02/01 ajay when you think it should be over, just leave. 2 stars
7/02/01 puckfreak Lame, had potetial, but the end sucked. 2 stars
7/02/01 Greyjack Great acting, interesting film, almost universally questionable ending keeps it from 5stars 4 stars
7/02/01 Quarath Great movie. Definently recommend it. 4 stars
7/01/01 parkallan Interesting idea, but rather dark depressing, made me want to watch something really funny. 3 stars
7/01/01 Thor-Leo Muddled, incoherent. Spielberg should be exiled. 1 stars
7/01/01 Suzl4 Hmmm, I'm not sure what to say...maybe, ODD!! 3 stars
7/01/01 beast dissapointing 1 stars
7/01/01 Krystal Enjoyed it, very thought-provoking 4 stars
7/01/01 Human Shield Leave at the 2 hour mark and it will be fine. Takes the Misson 2 Mars way out. 3 stars
7/01/01 Dave Sweeney Flawed movie that raises some interesting issues 4 stars
7/01/01 mahone Good. Better than the usual Spielberg crap. 4 stars
7/01/01 Michael Browne Spielberg, won't you please make movies more often? And Haley: brav-fucking-o! Incredible 5 stars
7/01/01 John The best film of the past 5 years, easily... A misunderstood masterpiece! 5 stars
7/01/01 Vance Special, Wonderous & Tear-Jerking. This is destined to be a classic! 5 stars
7/01/01 Matt WORST MOVIE EVER.....just go see it to see what a bad movie really is 1 stars
6/30/01 Roy Smith 3 stories: 1st one - blah, 2nd one - good, 3rd - totally stupid. Ruins the movie 2 stars
6/30/01 tigerlette young bot stalker! 1 stars
6/30/01 MaryAnn I wanted Spielberg and got Kubrick...bad Kubrick. Bad mix of ET, Mad Max & Clockwork Orange 1 stars
6/30/01 Gay Tooth Fairy This was an okay movie. Some of the visuals and effects were fucking crazy. Acting!!! !!! 3 stars
6/30/01 Carly sporadically good, but the schmaltzy ending nearly ruins the rest. law is great. 3 stars
6/30/01 Geebo Is there a 13-year-old who can act better? What's that? There isn't? I thought so. 5 stars
6/30/01 Fuck Hollywood I LOVE YOU A.I. has some good shit in it. But not a great movie. 4 stars
6/29/01 toulouse-laurtrec wonderful, one of the true masterpieces of the last ten years 5 stars
6/29/01 ERIC SHADRACK Un-fucking-believably great 5 stars
6/29/01 jurisenpai One of the most amazing films ever made 5 stars
6/29/01 Mr. Shmegma Not Kubrick, but still brilliant 5 stars
6/14/01 Korey Calmettes Groovy Baby 5 stars
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