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SIMONE

"Adrew Niccol's 'Simone' is like the punch line to a joke that's been going around for years. It has been told better, and been funnier, elsewhere...Mr. Niccol is satirizing the kinds of dazzling empties he himself has made...His newest effort, 'Simone,' goes beyond postmodern to post-entertainment--it's tepid and vapid." --

Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

"Given that he's prone to overacting when he has flesh and blood performers to contend with, co-starring Al Pacino with a computer-generated actress in 'Simone' is asking for trouble. And trouble is definitely what resulted...'Simone' is such a tedious Hollywood farce, so unpleasantly glib and relentlessly shallow, that Pacino's excessive performance is not even the worst thing about it...It's painful to see bright people make a dim movie, but that's the case here." --Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"... a clever, innovative satire of movies and consumer technology that marches to its own drumbeat and comes up with continual surprises....a hilarious object lesson in the kind of hell Hollywood could unleash if technology takes over...a riotous farce that would turn Preston Sturges green with envy--but like all great farce, there's a grain of truth in every cynical scene...'Simone' has a rumpled and charming centerpiece in Al Pacino, who gives a performance for which I was in no way prepared. He's looser here than he's ever been before, and actually shows some flair for comedy as a man on a roller coaster who can't get off." --Rex Reed, The New York Observer

"... it's fitfully funny but never really takes off. Out of the corners of our eyes we glimpse the missed opportunities for some real satirical digging...the satire is not sharp enough and the characters are too routine...in aiming for too wide an audience, Niccol has made too shallow a picture." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"'Simone' staggers between flaccid satire and what is supposed to be madcap farce. The few relatively original points that 'Simone' does score against the industry are undermined by its own eruptions of sentimentality and patronizing speeches that explain the filmmaker's point...What makes 'Simone' worth watching are not the obvious potshots at Hollywood narcissism and celebrity culture nor the pseudo-interesting technological premise (the threat posed to the art of movies by computer-generated imagery)--but the performances by Al Pacino and the always excellent Catherine Keener, and the photography by Ed Lachman...as in Niccol's earlier films, 'Gattaca' and 'The Truman Show,' 'Simone' is built around little old ideas posing as big new ones." --Jonathan Foreman, The New York Post