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 and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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