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'A.I.': The view from our critics



(CNN) -- What do you get when you combine Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg?

In two letters, "A.I."

"A.I. Artificial Intelligence," Spielberg's first film since 1998's "Saving Private Ryan," carries on a project that Kubrick -- the legendary director of "Dr. Strangelove," "2001: A Space Odyssey," and "A Clockwork Orange," who died in 1999 -- began in the early 1980s. Based on a story by Brian W. Aldiss, it posits a world where oceans have flooded coastal cities, people live either in sterile comfort or desperate straits, and androids -- or "mechas" -- are everywhere.

One mecha -- a boy named David -- has been programmed to love. His odyssey is at the heart of "A.I."

How did the work of these two cinematic titans mesh? Does "A.I." successfully manage to combine Spielberg's warm wonder with Kubrick's cool intellect? Or are their styles as uneasy as a partnership of fire and ice?

Our critics, Paul Clinton and Paul Tatara, offer their thoughts.

Click here to read Paul Clinton's "A.I." review

Click here to read Paul Tatara's "A.I." review






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