Gattaca 1997

Critics score:
82 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader: I didn't care enough about Hawke's character to ignore a big problem in the story's logic: if this future has such incredible biotechnology, why can't Law just get his damaged body parts fixed? Read more

Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times: It's far too serious to be taken seriously. Read more

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Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: Designer babies rule dystopia in stylish SF thriller filled with recycled plot devices. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Gattaca doesn't just function as a science fiction thriller, but as both a cautionary tale about the dangers of letting scientific ability outstrip ethics and as a morality play about the irrationality of bigotry. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: At a time when we read about cloned sheep and tomatoes crossed with fish, the science in Gattaca is theoretically possible. Read more

Scott Rosenberg, When they sculpted the DNA for the perfect race in Gattaca, somebody left out the gene for self-knowledge. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: The hero's struggle in Gattaca would have been more compelling were he an average fellow going up against geniuses, and not a healthy fellow going up against somewhat healthier specimens. Read more

Time Out: Chilly, elegant, and a little bloodless. Read more

Emanuel Levy, Variety: One of first Hollywood films about the effects of genetic engineering on human conduct, Andrew Niccol's directing debut is an intelligent and timely sci-fi that, despite some illogical plot contrivances, is emotionally engaging almost up to the end. Read more