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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dark, pretentious sci-fi thriller tackles big questions.

Movie PG-13 2014 119 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

I loved it

It's so cool
age 13+

It satisfied me..

I personally loved this film.. Although the film does contain many moments of violence, I don’t think There is anything a thirteen year old couldn’t handle.. Otherwise please use caution when letting younger adults watch this..

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (13 ):

TRANSCENDENCE is ambitious, with an interesting premise, making for an engrossing cinematic experience. But, just like the supercomputer at the center of its plot, it feels at a slight remove. Yes, the cinematography is impressive and the actors are talented, but it doesn't fail to remind you at every turn that it's epic -- to the point of pomposity.

Still, the film asks some very compelling questions: At what point does human interest in artificial intelligence cross the line? How far do we want science to go? Are there any downsides to our yearning to create a "sentient machine"? The movie addresses all of these somewhat, but only on the surface. It's got too much on its plate -- special effects, dystopian plot, Depp -- to pay close attention to other themes it raises: love, death, immortality. Perhaps if it had allowed some of its more intimate moments to linger, Transcendence would actually be transcendent.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 18, 2014
  • On DVD or streaming: July 22, 2014
  • Cast: Johnny Depp , Kate Mara , Morgan Freeman
  • Director: Wally Pfister
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Run time: 119 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality
  • Last updated: February 6, 2024

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