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Virtuosity (1995)



Critic Consensus: Woefully deficient in thrills or common sense, Virtuosity strands its talented stars in a story whose vision of the future is depressingly short on imagination.

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In a futuristic, high-tech world run by huge corporations, Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) is an L.A. policeman serving time for killing the psychotic who murdered his wife and child. Lindenmeyer (Stephen Spinella), a Dr. Frankenstein of the computer era, has created a monster, Sid 6.7 (Russell Crowe), a virtual reality entity which is programmed with the character traits of scores of mass murderers. Sid 6.7 has escaped the control of its creator and is now running amok. The privatized police force in charge of keeping the peace in the city is run by Elizabeth Deane (Louise Fletcher). Barnes has volunteered to test a new criminal tracking system based on a virtual reality device. His job is to find Sid 6.7, with the help of psychologist Madison Carter (Kelly Lynch). Barnes gets out of prison and reinstated to the police force to pursue his dangerous prey.

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Denzel Washington
as Parker Barnes
Kelly Lynch
as Madison Carter
Stephen Spinella
as Lindenmeyer
William Forsythe
as William Cochran
Louise Fletcher
as Elizabeth Deane
Costas Mandylor
as John Donovan
Daniel Anderson
as Police Detective
Kevin J. O'Connor
as Clyde Reilly
Christopher Murray
as Matthew Grimes
Eric Bernt
as Building Supervisor
Heidi Schanz
as Sheila 3.2
Tony Brown
as Stunt Player
Traci Lords
as Media Zone Singer
Shane Dixon
as Stunt Player
Mari Morrow
as Linda Barnes
Miracle Unique Vincent
as Christine Barnes
Mara Duronslet
as Beautiful Woman at Olympic Stadium
Karen Annarino
as ISTV Reporter
James M. Halty
as Stunt Player
Miguel Nájera
as Rafael Debaca
Danny Goldring
as John Symes
Allen Scotti
as Surgeon
Dwayne Chattman
as Stripped Man in Media Zone
Ed Marques
as Blonde Punk in Media Zone
Cheryl Lawson
as Pretty Woman in Media Zone
John Meier
as Stunt Coordinator and Player
Kevin Loreque
as Animatronic Bartender
Eiko Nijo
as Geisha Hostess
Gauravani Buchwald
as Burly Man in Video Store
Rolando Molina
as Video Store Salesman
Gary Anthony Sturgis
as Officer at Video Store
Mic Rodgers
as Stunt Coordinator
Monica Allison
as Woman on Train
Susan Mohun
as Bystander
Michael Runyard
as Stunt Player
Michelle Smith
as Screaming Woman
David Asman
as Metrolink Cop
Michael Tamburro
as Helicopter Pilot
Anthony C. Hall
as Locator Technician
Amy Smallman
as Aide in Cochran's Office
Ahmed Ahmed
as Cameraman
Marva Hicks
as Onscreen Talent
Juan A. Riojas
as Metromedia Cop
Steven R. Barnett
as Metromedia Cop
John Walcutt
as Swat Captain
Michael Buchman Silver
as Undercover Cop
Jordan Marder
as Prison Transport Guard
Brogan Young
as Monitor Prison Guard
Laura Leigh Hughes
as Suburban Reporter
Dustin Nguyen
as Suburban Reporter
Tony Winters
as Male Newcaster
Virginia Watson
as Anchorwoman
Beverly Cohen
as Female Tabloid TV Host
Una Damon
as Woman with Video Camera
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Critic Reviews for Virtuosity

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10)

The presence of Washington lends the picture a much-needed dose of authenticity. But in the end Virtuosity is disconnected and uninvolving.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Though Virtuosity connects all the dots to give audiences a roller-coaster ride, the movie begets nothing new: It's stillborn.

May 12, 2001

Virtuosity doesn't always compute, but like last summer's Speed, it is far more fully realized cinematically than many less commercial, more serious pictures.

February 13, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Virtuosity is an example of a struggle that goes on in Hollywood between formula and invention.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Given Washington's presence and the promise of a virtual reality action story, Virtuosity has some appeal -- provided, of course, the viewers aren't selective.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Someone should tell Hollywood that the mass-killer genre is dead and that its virtual reality counterpart is already wheezing.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4
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Audience Reviews for Virtuosity

What if a really bad computer game villain (Crowe, so over-the-top he's fun) escaped into the real world and Washington's the only cop who can take him? Cops and bad guys battle it out in the future!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Despite two of the biggest stars in the business, Virtuosity never is able to maintain any entertainment out of a decent premise. Denzel Washington is slumming here, and yet he still manages to make the movie watchable. Russel Crowe's villain is a virtual reality creation of about 200 different killers (from Jack the Ripper, to Charles Manson, and finally the guy who killed Denzel Washington's characters family) who escapes into the real world. Russel Crowe is completely defeated by the role. He has multiple personalities he has to incorporate and it makes his character uneven and at times hilariously over the top. I never felt for one minute like he was menacing or terrifying. Add in a mediocre production surrounding the two stars and a plot that doesn't do much and you have wasted potential. I expected more from this movie.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer


A little too Sci-fi for me in that there were gadgets and effects for gadgets and effects sake. Personally I think this film is way below the standard of the acting capabilities of both Washington and Crowe. It fails completely in the excitement area.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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