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Gattaca

Gattaca

1997
Romance, Drama
1h 46m
An engrossing sci-fi thriller about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection.  (Sony)
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Gattaca

1997
Romance, Drama
1h 46m
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Rated 10 May 2020
80
74th
It's been over twenty years, and "Gattaca" is still a relevant imagining of the future, which is quite impressive, considering twenty years prior to this, sci-fi movies still imagined reel to reel magnetic tape as a technology used in the future. Solid movie, one of the classic 90's sci-fi movies.
Rated 27 Jan 2012
79
64th
I was watching Dog Day Afternoon and apparently Al Pacino is a big fan of this movie. GATTACA! GATTACA! GATTACA!
Rated 28 Jun 2021
78
85th
If Ethan Hawke isn't genetically perfect than what does Julie Delpy see in him in all those movies?
Rated 27 Jan 2010
100
99th
'Gattaca' isn't about genetic engineering, it's about the American Dream. Like 'Rocky', Vincent is the underdog in everyone's eyes. The big difference being Vincent was born an underdog. The tension on whether people will discover Vincent for all of his genetic faults and the stumbling blocks he hits on the way to his goal has you investing yourself in him as you would Rocky. 'Gattaca' is a story of determination and sacrifice masked as a sci-fi epic. It's impossible not to be motivated by it.
Rated 30 Jul 2009
90
88th
I'm a sucker for Ethan Hawke. On re-viewing I've raised this 10 points. The prejudices displayed in the movie are so stupid, and so is Vincent's explanation for how he succeeded, but it's all very moving. He claims he simply left nothing in reserve, his determination saw him through. But in truth he dedicated himself and cultivated his body and his skills, fanatically. He couldn't afford to be anything but the best. So he was. But he worked for it.
Rated 23 Apr 2009
90
96th
An unexpectedly realistic future movie.
Rated 15 Mar 2008
75
94th
One of my favorite science fiction films, Gattaca plays out a eurgenics drama with a timeless quality thanks to minimalist sets, classic 50s fashions and frank dialogue. A strings heavy score by Michael Nyman adds a nice layer of emotion to the zen like imagery. Given that the film deals with the subject of eugenics and the concept of genetic potential, I appreciated how even handed it was, allowing the various characters a great deal more depth than even the lead is afforded.
Rated 01 Mar 2009
83
82nd
A breath of fresh air in the realm of sci-fi flicks. The best part is that nothing in the film actually seems that improbable; sort of a not so distant present. A corny plot addition and poor writing in Uma's character were the only drawbacks.
Rated 13 Aug 2009
94
80th
Powerful story of a dystopian future. Raises questions about what makes a person have value. Anyone who enjoys intelligent science fiction will not be disappointed.
Rated 20 Nov 2011
75
80th
Niccol's though-provoking, nearly great debut encapsulates the late 1990s anxieties about genetic advances and cloning like few films of that time, in a nice, often exhilarating balance between drama and sci-fi.
Rated 02 May 2012
50
24th
Yeah, it's stylish and everything, it's got some decent-to-good actors and there's nothing exactly bad about it, but... what's the point? One or two heavy-handed metaphors about discrimination that just seem tossed in there to justify calling it a dystopia, and as far as I can tell the only reason for that is that they wanted to do a stylish futuristic thriller.
Rated 25 Jun 2021
85
73rd
This is a masterpiece at creating a sci-fi mood by elevating our current anxieties. Here we get a great hero who navigates life as an outcast in a caste system where rigid social constructs are masqueraded as so-called genetics. At times the dystopian world-building is hokey--like the obligatory futuristic slang. But it makes up for it with Hitchcockian tropes; including a cool blonde, misguided parents, the perfect crime, and tortuous suspense. And the music score is hypnotic and trippy.
Rated 17 Feb 2007
89
80th
A film that's unfortunately almost forgotten. As if well-executed, thought-provoking sci-fi films were so common...
Rated 13 Jun 2007
89
79th
one of the best films no one has ever seen
Rated 03 Aug 2007
91
89th
Why can't we have more genuine hard sci-fi movies like this?
Rated 25 Feb 2009
90
97th
I'm a sucker for realistic sci-fi visions of futures that might conceivably become the new reality within our own lifetimes. And this is one of the very best of those.
Rated 06 Apr 2009
96
99th
I really connected with the clichéd underdog main character, an outsider who wants to prove to the world he can fit it and achieve great things. I loved the production design of this film, the combination of retro and futuristic elements and the lush honey-soaked cinematography. Although the script borders on cheesy, I thought it really combined sci-fi, romance, thriller and comedy perfectly. Great performances and direction, the film is near flawless and one of my all-time favourites!
Rated 19 Apr 2009
95
99th
One of the best sci-fi films I've ever seen.
Rated 05 Jun 2009
81
78th
A morally engaging sci-fi thriller. I really dig Niccol's vision of the future, though the film does occasionally feel somewhat cheap for when it was made. It exists in an idyllic future-past: though this is the future, and some set-design reflects that, the society depicted feels like a throwback to a bygone era, lending the movie a slight film noir vibe. Though it isn't an all-out success, the film's strengths more than make up for its weaknesses. Good cast.
Rated 06 Jun 2009
82
75th
Intelligent and scientifically provocative, Gattaca is an absorbing sci fi drama that poses important interesting ethical questions about the nature of science.
Rated 24 Dec 2009
55
57th
Interesting look at the future. Coulda been better if the plot had some extra material to carry the movie forward on other than the gene code obsession. Detective being the brother of the "borrowed ladder" was kinda cheap coincidence. Sounded almost like a B-class Turkish movie. And the meeting scene of brothers lacked grip. Nice movie nonetheless. Not your ordinary flick.
Rated 26 Dec 2009
80
96th
Dreamy vision of a frighteningly plausable future where people are judged by their genetic code alone and natural births are nothing but an underclass. Niccol excels in both his writing and direction (ably assisted by Michael Nyman's pitch-perfect score) to draw us completely into Vincent's world, the performances - particularly those from Hawke and Law - lock us in there. You have to be in the right mood to get the most out of it, but it's always a captivating experience.
Rated 29 Nov 2010
92
96th
couple of rewatches has made its flaws more apparent, yet the heart of the story is still very human. how much strength have you saved for the return?
Rated 04 Jun 2011
65
59th
'Gattaca' is a heavy handed message movie with a minor twist that is as laughable as it is unnecessary. But for some strange reason the mood and tone of the thing makes it a compelling watch, quite impossible to hate. Still, it is clear that there would have been a better, much more provocative experience here, if this movie weren't so busy taking the eye-rollingly clichéed moral high ground.
Rated 10 Mar 2012
85
91st
This is my kind of sci-fi thriller. The film raises legitimate questions about the future of science, and as an aspiring biotechnologist it is a question that greatly interests me. The film also provides what I would assume to be a very real depiction of the stress such policies would have on society. I loved the music for some reason, and the acting was pretty good. Even without the exploration of science ethics, Gattaca would be a decent film. With it Niccol has a crafted a very good debut.
Rated 30 Dec 2013
85
90th
Top badass moment? Has to be the 'impossible to play unless you have 12 fingers' piano performance of Schubert's Impromptu No. 3 in G flat Major, (with some extra bits). As someone who can barely manage "English Country Garden" with two fingers, am I the only one who finds that strangely arousing? Oh, right. Then I've just discovered a new kind of porn. (Well actually no, as Google gives nearly 52,000 results for "piano porn".) Now that really is very weird. No cats, chainsaws or decapitations.
Rated 14 Feb 2007
90
95th
Visionary, stylish take on the future of humanity.
Rated 19 Feb 2007
55
49th
Good film.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
88
87th
An intriguing idea turned into a gripping and intense movie. Gattaca is science fiction in its purest form: it takes a scientifically sound - even plausible - concept and takes it just one step further to craft a world that doesn't feel like fantasy, but rather a very likely future. One of the best science fiction movies of the 1990s.
Rated 08 Mar 2007
37
23rd
A fairly talented cast gives poor performances (especially Jude Law), terrible music to tug at your heart strings every five seconds, incredibly unbelievable science, and a generally shallow look at the future with countless corny and sappy moments. Gattaca feels like a poor film from the Space channel, except with a higher budget (yet still has incredibly average photography). There are still dozens of problems I could mention.
Rated 22 Mar 2007
90
69th
For people who like serious science fiction as opposed to space-operas. One of the more intelligent sci-fi movies in the post-Star Wars era.
Rated 12 Jul 2007
82
28th
Good idea... kind of flawed execution.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
74th
Totally underrated and intelligent Sci-Fi.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
83rd
Very solid thriller. Ethan and Jude are great.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
26th
Poorly-scripted film that purports to raise questions concerning biotechnology, but in fact reduces these to the problem of discrimination and the need for personal struggle and achievement. One of numerous directorial debuts that are over-praised at time of release, making possible a career that inevitably turns out to be less than stellar.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
91st
Classy thought provoking film. Jude Law does a really great job.
Rated 18 Aug 2007
87
85th
Jude Law is really good in this movie and the art direction and soundtrack are great.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
75
70th
Great use of a serious and imminent sci fi concept
Rated 10 Mar 2008
86
78th
Thought provoking glimps of a society that is obsessed by the shallow, beauty and appearance with no emphasis on real values or susbstance. Sound familar? Well acted, dramatically filmed and some stunning cinematography. Hopefully its not profetic.
Rated 24 Mar 2008
90
98th
Gattaca has everything: the retro style backdrops, exceptional photography, engaging acting from Law and Hawke, a thought provoking story, solid editing and a touching soundtrack. "I saved nothing for the way back" is the defining line of this masterpiece. It gets cheesy at times, nevertheless it's one of the few movies that tackles the existential questions about "being human."
Rated 04 Jun 2008
80
74th
Great flick.
Rated 14 Jun 2008
91
98th
Great
Rated 23 Jul 2008
95
99th
Very underrated movie. Though it seems farfetched, I bet there WILL be a huge market for designer babies.
Rated 15 Aug 2008
94
96th
I love the simplicity of the style. I love the retro look and feel. I love the dialog. And I love the overall message of this story. Its a stylish sci-fi. But with very little Sci-fi !! One of the best.
Rated 18 Nov 2008
90
99th
Beyond powerful.
Rated 17 Dec 2008
80
85th
I totally mix this movie up with a movie about Attica or attics and it is about neither.
Rated 03 Mar 2009
80
77th
I like the noir feel.
Rated 24 Mar 2009
93
85th
Excellent sci-fi with Hawke and Law in top form. Recommended.
Rated 28 Apr 2009
100
97th
An amazing film. This is one of my favorite films of all time, an excellent script only adds to this unique movie. Well-acted with great performances by Ethan Hawke and Jude Law.
Rated 15 Oct 2009
95
87th
incredible film
Rated 07 Dec 2009
3
81st
heavy handed symbolism, but i'm a sucker for that stuff
Rated 16 Dec 2009
85
90th
One of the most inspiring movies I have ever seen. The story had such an impact on me growing up that I ended up majoring in MIMG (Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics) because of it. Also worth mentioning is the beautiful soundtrack by Michael Nyman; the melodies are powerful and moving.
Rated 23 May 2010
88
66th
Very unappreciated film about a dystopian future in which people are judged by the quality of their genes, not their body of work. Features one of the best sibling rivalries ever portrayed in cinema.
Rated 21 Jul 2010
85
94th
Anything is possible. I know it sounds lame, but this proves it.
Rated 04 Aug 2010
79
32nd
On the whole it's pretty darn good, but boy do I hate the narration by the Ethan Hawke character. It wins me back with the message, visuals, and good finish though.
Rated 04 Sep 2010
92
93rd
Smart, engaging sci-fi.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
72
86th
Solid sci-fi film.
Rated 27 Oct 2010
93
82nd
In a future where eugenics crafts human specimens of perfection, Vincent, a product of natural birth, hopelessly dreams of a career at the genetically elitist Gattaca. It's a deeply romantic, humanistic story at its core. Vincent is so driven that he pays a DNA dealer to become a highly illegal "borrowed ladder". Even though Vincent is at a disadvantage his pure, undying passion earns him the position of celestial navigator. This poses some significant questions about what it means to be human.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
98
99th
one of my favorites
Rated 06 Jan 2011
90
99th
ger; [Gattaca]; in der nahen zukunft sind kinder nicht mehr nur ein produkt aus liebe sondern von genetischer vorselektion - eine ganze gesellschaft strebt nach genetischer perfektion.;
Rated 19 Jul 2011
82
58th
Intelligent and scientifically provocative, Gattaca is an absorbing sci fi drama that poses important interesting ethical questions about the nature of science.
Rated 23 Sep 2011
100
96th
Great on all levels. Love the story line, love the acting, love the texture, the the questions it raises in the 1985ish way.
Rated 03 Nov 2011
92
98th
As a scientist, I can say that this is one of the best science fiction movies ever. The topics raised in this movie are highly relevant today and in the foreseeable future.
Rated 16 Nov 2011
90
85th
Within the sub-genre of hard sci-fi, this may be as good as it gets. It's a character drama, but set in this unfamiliar world with these crazy but simple rules. As an added bonus we get next to no special effects, which is awesome. I loved this movie.
Rated 07 May 2012
80
78th
I liked just about everything about this except the romance, which was just poorly written. I don't understand why she got so upset when she learned his secret when she basically acknowledged she knew his secret a few scenes before.
Rated 06 Sep 2012
88
82nd
Science fiction truth with a human heart.
Rated 17 Oct 2012
76
55th
This is an interesting science fiction film, it has a great premise. The script has several well done moments. This film is well made and Ethan Hawke is well cast in the lead role.
Rated 11 Dec 2012
90
97th
Top-notch science fiction. Recommended!
Rated 02 Oct 2013
58
60th
Decent thriller that was a pleasant surprise when I first saw it without any expectations. The premise had potential, but the script doesn't have much depth to it, so a recent rewatch was rather underwhelming. The acting is all fine, although Ethan Hawke's narration is pretty awful.
Rated 19 Mar 2014
70
73rd
A strong sci-fi concept done well. If you can excuse the numerous plotholes (they can manipulate cells at a genetic level but can't repair a spinal cord?) you'll find a smart movie that has smart things to say. It's a fairly plausible future, especially seventeen years after the fact. Of all the films to be shown in every high school biology class, you could do far worse.
Rated 16 Apr 2014
63
67th
Really strong, intriguing concept and very well acted. Niccol keeps the story tight and tense, but probably could have used some help fleshing out the science part of this science fiction - that could have given this world a little push into believability, as it currently is a bit unidimensional. The Hawke/Thurman relationship felt underdeveloped, but worked well enough for me. Doesn't deliver on the full potential of the concept, but is pretty damn good nonetheless.
Rated 06 Jun 2014
3
38th
Kinda hokey and generic, with narration and themes that are so blatant and thuddingly obvious that it reads like the work of a smug high-schooler, but it's not un-interesting. It's incredibly watchable, for better or for worse.
Rated 14 Sep 2014
84
93rd
Amazing, inspiring film. Good blend of genres, drama, sci-fi, suspense and romance. For some reason all of them completely worked for me. I felt so invested in these characters and events, I was kept in suspense the entire film. And this film has style too, the atmosphere created here is amazing, the cinematography top notch and the created world very believable. Great story and characters. And that soundtrack! So inspiring and emotional. True quality film, thought-provoking and with a heart.
Rated 07 May 2015
73
65th
'We have discrimination down to a science.' - Andrew Niccol predicts the future.
Rated 16 Oct 2015
30
8th
Gattaca believes that anyone can succeed, society be damned - just look at this handsome young white guy with middle class parents!
Rated 03 Jan 2016
75
65th
On the whole very competently made, with an interesting story and backdrop. Unfortunately, some of the symbolism is ham-handed out of this world to the point where it becomes hard to take seriously.
Rated 10 Feb 2018
70
57th
needs less curdled brother back story cheese, and more jude law throwing pitifully sober bespoked tantrums
Rated 10 Apr 2018
84
86th
Moody, mysterious, and melancholy, GATTACA is a heady sci-fi drama in service of even more profound themes. While the central melodrama--a normal man tries to pass as genetically superior--is worth watching, it's honestly the least interesting part of the movie. The film's true heart lies in the ambivalence of its more complex, genetically-enhanced characters (including a show-stealing Jude Law) who draw out a deeper understanding of humanity's fundamental failings.
Rated 16 Aug 2018
86
89th
As far as I'm concerned, it is pillar of the sci-fi genre. Asks moral questions I still think about years after seeing the film.
Rated 29 Sep 2018
88
93rd
A very smart science fiction film about an all-too-real future that we may be headed towards. Like any good sci-fi it asks a lot of really interesting and thought-provoking questions. It has a lot to say about its themes and doesn't back away from their implications. It helps that the cast is stellar and the romance is pretty palpable on screen.
Rated 09 Feb 2019
80
42nd
An under-watched, genuinely interesting science fiction film. Plausible design, solid performances, and genuinely interesting ideas. Indeed, we were forced (though it was pretty pleasant) to watch this in our English class on science fiction, since it's one of the few sci-fis from recent decades that still feels relevant and can spark actual meaningful discussion.
Rated 12 Apr 2019
82
53rd
I wanted to like this film a hell of a lot more than I could in the end. In 50 years, with the advent of CRISPR, this film is going to be downright prophetic... however the story is hamfisted and there's never a moment that you're not painfully aware you're watching something staged and drawn-up to serve the concept. It is an outstanding concept and theme... but even the moral investigation, much like the beautiful art direction, is too spare to ever be immersive or impactful.
Rated 11 Jul 2019
52
11th
Cold and oddly alienating sci-fi has an interesting premise, and some oddball but intriguing casting choices (Vidal & Borgnine), but botches the execution, squandering all of its attributes on a repetitive (and dreary) tale of Hawke almost getting caught... and then getting away with it; rinse and repeat! A great shame because the design of the world is slick and attractive, and a great cast performs well (seriously, where was Arkin's plot point leading to?)
Rated 24 Feb 2020
72
29th
i got a b+ in bio in high school
Rated 01 May 2020
86
90th
One of the precious millenium sci-fi movies.. Andrew Niccol..
Rated 04 Jan 2021
59
75th
ethan hawke kinda cute tbh
Rated 05 Feb 2021
80
78th
Enjoyable "retro futuristic" police procedural essentially following the stalked instead of the police. There are a lot of grand sci-fi ideas here supported by some great sets and beautiful music. But the ending (specifically "the reveal") felt a little too forced, and it seemed like there were too many ideas introduced that couldn't get proper exposition.
Rated 03 Apr 2021
81
53rd
Urine test extravaganza! It not a perfect sci-fi but I really liked the retro look, its very clean and elegant. It lacks an AI presence which makes it a little harder to take as serious prediction of the future. I feel like it could have benefited from a bit more action. I hated the early narration (it ruined the mood). Must watch for any sci-fi nerd.
Rated 01 Dec 2006
75
39th
interesting
Rated 17 Jan 2007
47
25th
Really fun, but very underwhelming. With someone else besides Hawke and Thurman, this could've been tremendous. Uma just seemed lazy here, and Hawke has never impressed me with his acting. Plus, Alan Arkin as the heavy? I couldn't buy it. This never, ever felt suspenseful, and you never felt that Ethan's character was in danger. This was very disappointing.
Rated 26 Jan 2007
100
98th
A damn good film about ambition and segregation in the not too distant future. Christian Bale and Jude Law do a great job. Plus the plot and story is excellent.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
60
31st
In dire need of some drive, even though its ideas are built on promise.
Rated 27 Mar 2007
84
84th
Loved this film. A very nice mixture of sci-fi and suspense, and Jude Law especially made his character shine.
Rated 02 Apr 2007
60
47th
A message movie in which the message is silly. Besides, I *very* seriously doubt that a society where everyone was so much more physically and mentally able would be as dull and as conformist as the one we see here. I would think it would be more like the society in Philip Jose Farmer's short story "Riders of the Purple Wage"
Rated 26 May 2007
55
48th
Good concept.
Rated 10 Jun 2007
80
69th
What a great film! My favorite part is when he has to cross the road without his contacts and he can't see anything. Just fantastic.
Rated 14 Jun 2007
59
21st
Yeah, people love it, but I think it's kinda cheesy.
Rated 16 Jun 2007
85
70th
The look of this movie is easily my favorite part, it's obvious that it was filmed in the 90s, but that works for the type of future they are trying to paint. The story is pretty good, although the romantic subplot with Uma Thurman was really unnecessary.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
95th
This was a really great film. I liked it a lot.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
53rd
A decent little nod to Aldous Huxley's A Brave New World and like-minded stories, but not a timeless classic due to that very fact...it's not an original idea.

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