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The story of a disillusioned producer, who creates the first totally believable synthetic actress. However, swept up by her instant success, including a major singing career, the producer cannot bear to admit his fraud to the world or himself.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Average "Unfortunately, the questions about Simone's identity
aside, the movie doesn't have much to offer. This is the case of a pregnant
premise being wasted by a script that takes few chances and manages to insult
the intelligence of everyone in the audience.''
Review Average "The problem, I think, is that in aiming for too wide an
audience, Niccol has made too shallow a picture.''
Review Above Average "..., there are some very funny moments in Simone.
So many movies lampoon Hollywood and mine little real humor. Simone is a
worthy, if flawed, piece of entertainment.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Above Average "But writer-director Andrew Niccol goes a sunnier
route. He's clearly not interested in paranoid plausibility ..., while unrolling
a dazzling tapestry of self-referential images and in-jokes. The result is
gorgeous, if ultimately shallow — much like Simone herself.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These are some very mixed opinions. Although a large percentage of moviegoers agreed with me that this is a very entertaining movie, there were quite a few who didn't enjoy "Simone" very much.
The most common complaint was that it was slow. It didn't feel slow to me at all, in fact I actually felt the pace was faster than most comedies.
Adults make up the largest percentage of moviegoers and generally most of them found it enjoyable, but the relatively high number of "Good" and lower opinions is troubling.
I would recommend that you read all we offer on "Simone" before deciding to see it. If it still looks like a movie you might enjoy, I highly recommend that you see it. You might be one of us who thought it was great. If not, you will probably find it to be at least somewhat enjoyable.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected) Very Entertaining and Fun! An Excellent movie not to be missed. It's very well done. I Highly Recommend "Simone."
Viktor Taransky (Al
Pacino) is a down and out Academy Award
-nominated director who just lost his last shot at a comeback when his
temperamental flesh and blood actress (Winona Ryder in a cameo role as Nicola
Anders) walked off his movie Sunrise, Sunset. And when she left, so did
Taransky's self-respect. Fired by his ex-wife and studio head Elaine Christian
(Catherine Keener), Taransky just lost any hope of recapturing his former life
with Elaine and their daughter Lainey (Evan Rachel Wood). But then computer
genius Hank Aleno (Elias Koteas) shows up…
Although Hank is not long for this world, he is certain his
creation will be in the right hands – Taransky's. Although Taransky
initially rebuffs Hank's insane proposal, Hank has the last say. He bequeaths
the software to Taransky that will change his life forever: Simulation One. Just
a few key strokes and an overnight sensation is born: SIMONE. Suddenly, Taransky has a taste of the success he always craved and
the world's most beloved star under his thumb.
Or does he?
An intrepid tabloid reporter, Max Sayer (Pruitt Taylor
Vince), is doing his best to challenge that. And his pursuit becomes a little
sweeter when Taransky's immaculate matrix starts to take on a life of her own.
In a twist of comedic consequences the Omniscient Taransky
never anticipated, the creation…or creature… is about to show the
creator the meaning of "Eternity Forever."