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Gattaca Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Ty Burr

    Sets, music, and imagery are rigorously controlled and undeniably stunning, but after a while flaws creep into the plot's double helix.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The average thriller, even if it's set in a faraway or futuristic world, tends to offer visceral, ephemeral excitement, and not much else. However, while Gattaca has the energy and tautness to compare with the best of those, its thought-provoking script and thematic richness elevate it to the next level.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is one of the smartest and most provocative of science fiction films, a thriller with ideas.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

An interesting concept that doesn't hold water.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie focuses heavily on ideas of identity and accomplishment, though not always in a clear way. Our hero has a strong drive to overcome his supposed weaknesses, but he lies about his identity to do so without consequence. Although violence in the movie is minimal, a brutalized corpse is shown at a murder scene. One character commits suicide by burning himself. There is a very brief sex scene with no explicit nudity. Overall, the movie takes a very strong stance against genetic engineering.

  • Families can talk about this movie's themes of identity, competition, and the future society's notions of perfection. Cloning, genetic research, and identity theft may also be topics of discussion.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A few characters have questionable judgment.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: One fight scene, a suicide, and the results of a murder are shown.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Very brief sex scene with no explicit nudity.

  • language false3

    Language: Isolated instances of strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking and cigarette smoking.