5 Critically Acclaimed Films That Fail The Gene Siskel Test

The late great film critic Gene Siskel had a simple test he used when evaluating movies: “Is this movie more interesting than a documentary about the same actors having lunch?” Most of the films that failed the test were bombs, naturally. And yet there have been a number of films in recent years that were mostly lauded by critics but, in my view, do not pass Siskel’s test. All of these films have a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and impressive pedigrees both in front of and behind the camera but simply did not grab me in the way I had hoped they would.

5. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

“Artificial Intelligence” is actually a far more apt title than Steven Spielberg probably intended. On its surface, it has some great acting, impressive visuals and an evocative score by John Williams. But dig a little deeper and you will run into some problems.
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