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Code 46

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Disappointing sci-fi that's too intense for kids.

Movie R 2004 90 minutes
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The world director Michael Winterbottom creates is much more interesting than the story or the characters. It's what goes on in the edges of the frame that matters here. The atmosphere of the film is rich and meaningful while the story is frustratingly simple and superficial, almost an afterthought. The connection between William and Maria that is supposed to be so powerful barely registers. There is no chemistry at all between Robbins and Morton, who both appear uncomfortable and awkward. The tantalizing glimpses of a fully-envisioned sense of the future prove to be disappointing indicators of what the movie could have been.

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