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3.2
6,007 Ratings

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Directed by Steven Spielberg
United States, 2001
Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Synopsis

Finding himself rejected by the human world, a robotic boy programmed to love sets out to find the mythical Blue Fairy to transform himself into a real boy.

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence Directed by Steven Spielberg

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2002 | 2 nominations including: Best Effects, Visual Effects

Village Voice Film Poll

2001 | Nominee: Best Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2009 | Nominee: Best Film of the Decade

American Film Institute Awards

2002 | 4 nominations including: Cinematographer of the Year

Stanley Kubrick originally developed the project, but A.I. is a movie that only Spielberg could create. (It’s also one of only two scripts that he’s written for himself to direct; the other is Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.) The most delicate of sci-fi masterpieces, it concerns itself with the world we leave behind, discovering humanity in our last traces; the deeply moving ending is its own Voight-Kampff test.
October 05, 2017
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The film does have its tonal discrepancies, but, as with Empire of the Sun, cuteness has disappeared from Spielberg’s palette. In A.I., horror, anguish, and very dark humor are the dominant colors, and from all accounts Spielberg embraced Kubrick’s conception and script, while adding a certain warmth—just as Kubrick had hoped.
January 03, 2017
When I saw A.I. again after the towers had fallen… what was once an awe-inspiring, audacious effects shot was now a literally breathtaking image, the devastating incongruity of which was instantly apparent to anyone who would ever again watch the film… it’s fitting that such an image [the Twin Towers in a far-future NYC] appears in A.I., a richly evocative paean to time, memory, and the ebbs and flows of human progress and destruction.
July 23, 2012
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