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YMMV: A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Martin as a Jerkass Woobie, think about it: the kid comes out of the cryogenic coma he was in, only to find out his parents have replaced him with a Robot Kid. Jerk Ass tendencies may well be justified there
    • Also, most kids push technology, computers, video games, etc to their limits trying to find loopholes and ways to manipulate the programming.
  • Broken Base: Among fans of the film, there is a disagreement whether the time-skip ending improves the film or weakens it.
  • Cargo Ship: Just a little?
  • Common Knowledge: If you've heard the complaints about the movie's ending, you've likely heard them centered around the sheer stupidity of "aliens showing up to fix everything at the last minute". Actually, the creatures in the final scene are never said to be aliens, and Word of God has repeatedly stated that they're just the highly evolved descendants of the mecha.
  • Ending Fatigue: Some believe that the movie should have ended with David continuously wishing to be a real boy to the carnival Blue Fairy underwater (and still others feel it should have ended with David committing suicide)... but it kept going... and going... AND GOING.
  • Freud Was Right: David's entire journey is ultimately about winning the unconditional love of his mommy.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Scenes of frozen, distant-future New York City include the twin towers of the World Trade Center poking out of the ice. Spielberg made a conscious decision to leave them in, knowing he would take flak for it either way. Cinemas though (including outside America - the UK was affected) did have signs put up making them aware that footage of the towers featured in case of accidental offence.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: David finally finds the Blue Fairy after eleven years.
  • Inferred Holocaust
  • Mis-blamed: Surprisingly, Kubrick was the mastermind behind the fuzzy Pinocchio subplot, while Spielberg introduced the dark grittiness of stuff like the Flesh Fair.
    • Oh, and that sappy ending? Yeah, all Kubrick. Spielberg went through with it because Kubrick was his friend and he wanted to keep his vision alive.
  • Nightmare Fuel: When David eats spinach, his face starts to droop and sag in the most unsettling way imaginable.
    • One of the David boxes moved for a moment.
  • Snicket Warning Label: Stopping with either of the two scenes listed in Ending Fatigue would give you an ending sad enough.
  • Uncanny Valley: Turned on its head here, as most of the humanlike robots are played by live actors - but used to very good effect with CGI-enhanced, partially-broken androids, and many scenes where David just doesn't... seem... quite... human. Like the one where he "breaks" after eating human food. This troper recalls hearing that Osment suggested that David should never blink.
    • The main character's actions can be very unnerving sometimes, which gives a subtle indication that in spite of his emotions and fleshy exterior, he is still a machine. The thrown away, out-dated robots that are seen rummaging through a pile of leftover robotic parts in the forest also qualify, but most definitely the "nanny" robot, who happens to be missing 3/4s of her head.
    • Jude Law's face was sprayed with latex, and his hairline was painted to make it look like a seam, thus make him bizarrely too-perfect to look real.
  • Vindicated by History: The film was viewed as good, but not as highly received as Kubrick's previous films, with some of the blame being given to Spielberg's "meddling". However, that response has softened since and the film has been received along with Kubrick's others as a masterpiece, a pattern that been carried with almost all of his filmography.
    • Notably, Roger Ebert initially gave it a score of 3 stars out of 4, and criticized the ending, but now has included it in his "Great Movies" list.
    • Also, what might have helped was the revelation that Kubrick was largely responsible for the film's ending, and Spielberg did his best to incorporate it. Truth be told, it really was an ambitious project between two very different directors, as well as a heartwarming sendoff from one friend to another.
  • The Woobie: Oh, come on. Who didn't want to reach through the screen and give poor little David a hug?

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