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Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)

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


Steven Spielberg


Brian Aldiss (short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long"), Ian Watson (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 68 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... Sheila
Theo Greenly Theo Greenly ... Todd


In the not-so-far future the polar ice caps have melted and the resulting rise 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 Withdrawn to the interior of the continents, the human race keeps advancing, reaching the point of creating realistic robots (called mechas) to serve them. 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. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

4 October 2001 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A.I. Inteligencia Artificial See more »

Filming Locations:

Guerneville, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,352,630, 1 July 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$78,616,689, 23 September 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Narrator: [narrating, with ocean waves crashing together] Those were the years after the ice caps had melted... because of the greenhouse gases, and the oceans had risen drown so many cities... along all the shorelines of the world. Amsterdam, Venice, New York - Forever lost. Millions of people were displaced. Climates became chaotic. Hundreds of millions of people starved in poorer countries. Elsewhere a high degree of prosperity survived... when most governments in the developed world... ...
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Crazy Credits

Sentient Machine Therapist ... JEANINE SALLA Assistant to Mr. Chan ... LAIA SALLA Toe-Bell Ringer ... KATE NEI Cybertronics - Room 93056 ... CLAUDE GILBERT Sentient Machine Security ... DIANE FLETCHER Covert Information Retrieval ... RED KING These are characters from the AI alternate-reality game that was connected to the release of the film, and was played over the Internet. Several of the TV and cinema trailers for AI contained clues for game players, including the name Jeanine Salla listed in the credits at the end of the first trailer. This was the way into the game. The room number given in Claude Gilbert's credit is a further clue to game players. See more »

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For the U.S. theatrical release, the Warner Bros. logo appeared before the Dreamworks logo at the beginning of the film, and the poster credits said, "Warner Bros. and Dreamworks Pictures present." Since the U.S. version's home video/DVD rights are owned by Dreamworks, the Dreamworks logo at the beginning of the movie appears before the Warner Bros. logo, and the back of the box's cover art says, "Dreamworks Pictures and Warner Bros. present." See more »


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An artificial dud
16 September 2001 | by Hollywood TitanSee all my reviews

There was nothing intelligent about this artificial movie. One point most movie critics and I agree on with this movie, "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" is unlike any other Steven Spielberg because he has not directed a film this awful in a very long time.

I was shocked to see such a wonderful concept and premise wasted with a story I saw just a few years ago with the release of "Bicentennial Man." Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards and William Hurt give their best effort in their respective roles; however, nobody could save the movie from the disastrous script the cast was given by the writers.

I have always maintained that bigger is not always better. In the movie that Spielberg inherited following the death of Stanley Kubrick, this statement seems to be true. There has been a tremendous amount of hype surrounding "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" because it was supposed to be directed by Kubrick. "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" have taught me two very important lessons: never believe the hype of a film and always go with your instincts when deciding whether the movie was good or bad.

Spielberg has a knack for turning movies into magic when directing films, so it came as a shock to me when I realized "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" is a film without emotion, structure and intelligence. It took me 20 minutes to tell myself this was a disappointment because all of the excitement and joy drained the life out of the movie leaving Spielberg to rely on the special effects to save the rest of "A.I. Artificial Intelligence."

Osment follows his breakthrough role in "The Sixth Sense" as David, an eleven-year old android who takes an emotional journey to see if the love he gives his family is returned. Under the direction of Professor Hobby, played by Hurt, David is part of an experiment to create android children for families to love. Robards and O'Connor play parents who take David. Osment will become a huge superstar in Hollywood, but with his role as David, he won't accomplish this achievement.

Hurt, Robards and O'Connor were among the only bright spots in "A.I. Artificial Intelligence." Their roles were the light I was looking for in the dark world of this movie. These three actors were responsible for bringing integrity, honesty and genuine emotion. It is refreshing to see actors bring characteristics like this to a role because it truly shows the range of talent they possess; however, "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" was the wrong decision for them to make as well intentioned the movie planned to be.

The biggest problem I had with "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" was the urgency to care about David or any of the other characters in the film. For example, Gigolo Joe, played by Law, had no reason to be placed in a film like this because he didn't fit in with the storyline. Furthermore, there was no pizzazz or flash that stood out and made a statement that this is the film to see. One thing I have noticed with awful films was the endings were always better than the previous 120 minutes. This is true with "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" because the most interesting scene came at the end. "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" never seemed to get on track with one major theme. For example, it jumped from storyline to storyline without clear and complete explanation. I reached my tolerance limit early on in the movie, so when the movie was over; I was relieved and couldn't wait to get home.

Despite my hatred for "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," I must give Spielberg credit for bringing some enjoyment to the film. For example, Hurt's role as Professor Hobby stood out because he was the only actor that seemed to be genuine to the role, roles as mother and father put Robards and O'Connor on my favorites list, promising premise surrounding the film as well as the start and finish of the film were the only aspects of the movie that stood out from the rest of the movie.

"A.I. Artificial Intelligence" contains heart and spirit and I can understand how people may enjoy this movie; however, Spielberg failed to capitalize on the golden opportunity handed to him by Kubrick, "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" is a shallow and empty movie, which was made several years ago with Robin Williams. With their heart and spirit misplaced, my only advice about "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" is watch at your own risk because it may not be anything you hoped it would be.

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