A.I. Artificial Intelligence

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Still of Jude Law in A.I. Artificial IntelligenceSteven Spielberg and Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial IntelligenceStill of Jude Law and Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial IntelligenceStill of Jude Law and Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial IntelligenceStill of Haley Joel Osment and Frances O'Connor in A.I. Artificial IntelligenceStill of Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial Intelligence

A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 7.0/10 (124,924 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor

In the not-so-far future the polar ice caps have melted and the resulting raise of the ocean waters has drowned all the coastal cities of the world. Withdrawn to the interior of the continents, the human race keeps advancing, reaching to the point of creating realistic robots (called mechas) to serve him. One of the mecha-producing companies builds David, an artificial kid which is the first to have real feelings, especially a never-ending love for his "mother", Monica. Monica is the woman who adopted him as a substitute for her real son, who remains in cryo-stasis, stricken by an incurable disease. David is living happily with Monica and her husband, but when their real son returns home after a cure is discovered, his life changes dramatically.

Writers: Brian Aldiss, Ian Watson

Haley Joel Osment - David
Frances O'Connor - Monica Swinton
Sam Robards - Henry Swinton
Jake Thomas - Martin Swinton
Jude Law - Gigolo Joe
William Hurt - Prof. Hobby
Ken Leung - Syatyoo-Sama
Clark Gregg - Supernerd
Kevin Sussman - Supernerd
Tom Gallop - Supernerd
Eugene Osment - Supernerd
April Grace - Female Colleague
Matt Winston - Executive
Sabrina Grdevich - Secretary
Theo Greenly - Todd

Taglines: Journey To A World Where Robots Dream And Desire


Official Website: Warner Bros. [uk] | Warner Bros. [uk] (French) |

Release Date: 29 June 2001

Filming Locations: Guerneville, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $29,352,630 (USA) (1 July 2001) (3242 Screens)

Gross: $235,927,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Robin Williams actually recorded his dialog for the film with Stanley Kubrick directing the recording session, he did it a long time before Steven Spielberg was attached to direct.

Continuity: One of the boys gets out of the swimming pool twice in different shots.

Gigolo Joe: They ask for me by name. Gigolo Joe, What do you know?

User Review

Future classic...?

Rating: 10/10

First of all, once again I think the critics have got it wrong. Like Blade Runner and 2001, this is a film that will be properly judged in 10/20 years or maybe more. Its way ahead of its time, the combination of Kubrick and Spielberg is unique, its unlikely we will ever see anything like this again.

Did I like it? The answer would have to be yes, the mix of styles will put many people off, but I found it to be unlike anything I have ever seen, and all the better for it. The story is by no means original but everything else about the film is so different that this can be forgiven. To get one thing straight, Kubrick decided Spielberg would be the better man for directing it, and I think this was a very wise decision, many of the ideas are pure Kubrick, but Spielberg has the neccassary attributes to direct such a film, and great credit has to go to Kubrick for handing it to him.

Haley Joel Osment is amazing, the robot/human emotion must be amazingly difficult to pull off effectively, but Osment does it with such relative ease to the point where you do believe he is a robot, not that he is just acting as a robot. Jude Law is excellent, and so to is Frances O'Conner.

As for the ending, as brave as an idea it may of been to end on a downbeat note at "the first ending" I think the slightly upbeat ending is much more appropriate.

All in all I would say A.I is a wonderfully unique film that should be judged for what it is, a film. Forget everything about the Spielberg/Kubrick "issue" and just sit back and take in a truely amazing film. You may hate it, you may love it, but no matter what, it will effect your emotions in some way and you will discuss the film afterwards.

This film will be truely judged in 20 years or so, when it can be assessed purely as a film, as with 'Blade Runner', '2001', and even 'The Thing', it will get better with age.


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