Capsule Review: "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"

by Eric Melin on June 29, 2001

in Print Reviews

Steven Spielberg directs a movie with frighteningly enormous scope and ideas presented in this surprisingly adult film. The acting was first rate, and the first half seemed very much like a Stanley Kubrick movie. It was creepy how closely the script touched on many of the same themes as “2001:A Space Odyssey.”

I’m still intrigued and I want to see it again, but the ending still frustrates me to no end. Speilberg took this project over from Kubrick, and I know that the ending was the same when Kubrick wanted to film it, but I still can’t help but be angry at being manipulated during the final 15 minutes! “A.I.” could have ended 15-20 minutes before it did. There was a perfectly good, albeit extremely bleak ending. Then there’s more. It gives the audience some sort of closure, even if it is fleeting.

During the film, I got angry at Speilberg for this, but the more I think about it, the more I’m warming up to the actual conclusion. This is still a visionary movie and it should be seen. I think history will judge it better than it is being received now. “A.I.” is not a kid’s movie, but rather a very grown up film featuring a terrific and haunting performance by a kid, Haley Joel Osment.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes for The Pitch. He’s former President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls, Ultimate Fakebook, and Truck Stop Love . He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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