Sight and Sound - 03/01/1998
"...GATTACA is bolstered by an elaborate, often impressive series of riffs on identity and disguise..."
USA Today - 10/24/1997
"...If smart sci-fi is your vial of tea, GATTACA won't disappoint..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 05/08/1998
"...Corporal paranoia transforms suspense into pleasurable dread..." -- Rating: A-
New York Times - 10/24/1997
"...A handsome and fully imagined work of cautionary futuristic fiction....An impressively fine-tuned first feature..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/24/1997
"...This is one of the smartest and most provocative of science fiction films, a thriller with ideas..."
Total Film - 05/01/2008 4 stars out of 5 -- "Underrated, understated and gleaming with chilly intelligence."
In the 21st century, genetic engineering makes possible the creation of biologically superior human specimens ("valids"), who then grow to positions of power and prestige. Would-be astronaut Vincent (Ethan Hawke) born the old-fashioned way, can only hope for a janitorial position at the elite Gattaca Corporation--until he buys the blood, urine, and identity of a perfect but paralyzed athlete. But a murder in the company's ranks attracts the attention of a detective who threatens to sniff Vincent out.