Ex Machina is a disquieting power struggle waged in terms of human weaknesses, refracted through gender.
Ex Machina has a precise visual sheen that evokes David Fincher, and earns the sudden, quiet, powerful scares of his best work.
Ex Machina is the best movie I've seen all year.
[A] methodically absorbing sci-fi drama.
Garland's primary concern is his flesh-and-blood characters, even though they are not nearly as showy (or beautiful) as his main attraction, the vulnerable, delicate girl with a heart of steel and wires.
A clever film with one indelible performance from Isaac.
"Ex Machina" takes its time, wrestling with questions of responsibility, morality and compassion while getting ever weirder. At its heart is Ava, played with a fine blend of innocence and quiet panic by Vikander.
Ex Machina packs a scientist's brain inside a thrill seeker's body, much like the nubile robot within it.
[Oscar] Isaac - buffed, bald, and bearded - is the film's dramatic center as Nathan, a man betrayed by his own genius. He struts, he speechifies, he schemes, he scolds, all friendly menace and sly frankness.