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A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Artificial Intelligence: AI (original title)
PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi | 29 June 2001 (USA)
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A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.



(short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long"), (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 64 nominations. See more awards »



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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A.I.  »

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Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,352,630 (USA) (29 June 2001)


$78,616,689 (USA) (21 September 2001)

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Did You Know?


In order to further his non-human appearance, each day before filming, any of Haley Joel Osment's exposed skin (face, arms, hands, etc.) was shaved to give him a more plastic look. See more »


When Specialist says "anemones" towards the end of the film, he pronounces it "aneNoMes". See more »


[first lines]
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

In theatrical previews, on one of the final credit frames, the Hebrew word "Chochmoh", meaning wisdom or knowledge, is written in small red letters. See more »


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For Always
Performed by Lara Fabian
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
Music by John Williams
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Spielberg's cinematic tribute to Kubrick
3 July 2001 | by (California, U.S.) – See all my reviews

It is fitting that A.I., Steven Spielberg's monument on film to Stanley Kubrick, is a shoe-in for Best Picture in 2001. A.I. is cinematically beautiful, and tells a wrenching emotional story of a child's quest for maternal love.

In A.I., Spielberg masterfully adopts Kubrick's hard, bare-essentials style of direction, letting the photography tell the story, rather than the dialogue. This style allowed Kubrick to develop an enormous scope of ideas, stories and emotions in his movies. But it often left casual movie goers behind. He had difficulty finding the right treatment for A.I. so he handed the project to Spielberg before Kubrick's death last year.

Spielberg textures A.I. with obvious dollops of his own soft-as-whipped-cream touch. It is Spielberg's great skill that blends the two styles together with mesmerizing results. This blend allows the emotional story of a young robotic boy to come to life, and Kubrick fans will be able to enjoy one last film made by the master -- with the respectful help of another great artist.

The Kubrickian style demands the very best from actors, who must appear unapologetically real, and must, in long sequences with no dialogue, convey strong feelings and emotions. The A.I cast, especially lead actor Haley Joel Osment, meet every measure of the demands. Despite his youth, Osment will surely receive a nomination for Best Actor.

A.I. will rank high among the best movies ever made, but viewers should come prepared for an intense emotional and intellectual work-out. If you want to take in a quick flick to escape life for a couple of hours, this is not your movie. If you want to explore the cinematic depth of a master artist like Spielberg, A.I. will take you places you've never been before.

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