(2002)

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Metascore

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70
A fine example of digital filmmaking, and Weintrob and his co-writer, Andrew Osborne, manage to raise some serious issues regarding the Internet without taking themselves too seriously.
63
Premiere
The movie falls flat at the end, unnecessarily linking all of the characters in what seems to be an attempt to show how it really is a small world after all.
60
There's nothing unconventional or daring about On_Line, but considering how cheap it undoubtedly was to make, the acting, writing and direction all stand up pretty well; this is more intelligent and better structured than at least half the Hollywood movies I see.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
The film's redeeming feature is that it knows how sad these people are, and finds the correct solution to their problems: They meet in the flesh.
50
Weintrob's stylish visuals mimic Web technologies, which succeed in making his characters seem all the more removed from reality. Now if someone would find a way to equip theater seats with a ''delete'' key, we could be rid of them completely.
50
New York Daily News
Weintrob's shallow analysis of virtual reality might have been more resonant in the mid-'90s, but he seems well aware that some things are timeless: By the end of his film, he has firmly shifted focus, concentrating far less on the cyber than on the sex.
50
Chicago Tribune
Faces the same problem of all sex-themed films, in that cinematic sex is often unsexy.
50
The film is hardly profound, but the form perfectly fits the content..
25
New York Post
It's really just about a bunch of pathetic losers whiling away the hours with their hands jammed down their pants.
0
Listless, self-absorbed slackers stare into computer monitors, groan about their lives and moan during cyber sex in On_Line. It makes you wonder, is there is a market for soft-porn movies for lonely geeks? Isn't that what computers are for in the first place?

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