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Marjorie Prime (2017)



Critic Consensus: Intimate in setting yet ambitious in scope, the beautifully acted Marjorie Prime poses thought-provoking questions about memory, humanity, and love.

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Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband. With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie's "Prime" relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past. Built around exceptional performances from a veteran cast, Marjorie Prime shines a light on an often-obscured corner in the world of artificial intelligence and its interactions with mortality. Bringing us robustly into the future, Michael Almaryeda's poetic film forces us to face the question-If we had the opportunity, how would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?

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Jon Hamm
as Walter
Lois Smith
as Marjorie
Leslie Lyles
as Mrs. Salveson
Azumi Tsutsui
as 2nd generation Marjorie, age 30
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Critic Reviews for Marjorie Prime

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (37)

Michael Almereyda (Experimenter) directed, honoring the play's quiet solemnity and carefully crafted dialogue.

March 25, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a topical treatise on memory and artificial intelligence that asks how the human brain works (or doesn't).

November 10, 2017 | Rating: 4/5

Hamm is note-perfect in the role, programmed to be charming and empathetic but prone to gaucheness when someone wrong-foots his software.

November 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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... a clever and affecting meditation on memory, bereavement, love and remorse masquerading as a sci-fi movie.

November 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An elegant, absorbing and stimulating experience.

November 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A high-concept idea with a low concept approach, Marjorie Prime is cerebral, talk-driven sci-fi lit up by a compelling exploration of big ideas and across-the-board strong performances from the small cast ...

November 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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I expected Marjorie Prime to present me with some sort of philosophical quandary, however, I expected that quandary to relate to the standard robot stuff: Identity, humanity, what it means to be alive, that old chestnut. Instead, Marjorie Prime philosophises about memory, and beyond that, truth. Still doesn't stop it from being pretty crap though.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer


In a gentler future than the one's proposed by Skynet artificial intelligence has it's metaphorical hands full just trying to figure us out, much less be our friend. A quiet,sedate, adult offering with meaty chunks to chew over and meditate on, this is best perhaps enjoyed on a rainy day. Resonant and smart. Intuitive.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

An often fascinating science-fiction meditation on memory and one that proves that the genre doesn't need a large budget or even special effects to be convincing. Lois Smith remains a national treasure.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

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