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Aliens Reviews

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Kevin Harley
Total Film
October 27, 2014
A subtle, spooky movie with teeth becomes a subtlety-bashing war movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rick Kogan
Chicago Tribune
October 14, 2014
Scene to scene, encounter to encounter, its tension builds unrelentingly. So, fasten your seat belts. It`s a blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Keyes
October 15, 2013
The first of these movies remains one of the great sci-fi horror achievements of the modern cinema, but its sequel, "Aliens," is that rare instance where a follow-up deviates from the formula and finds an effective rhythm in propelling the story
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2013
[Aliens] is a spectacular example of state-of-the-art science fiction simply because it never tries to be overtly spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2013
It's blaster action, not Gothic future-horror. Fortunately, director-screenwriter James Cameron has shaped his film around the defiant intelligence and sensual athleticism of Weaver, and that's where Aliens works best.
Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News
July 30, 2013
The idea behind Aliens remains the scariest, dirtiest, most perversely funny one for a monster film, and the Rambo action further gooses us.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 30, 2013
The result is a film that not only answers many questions raised by the original story, but also expands production values, amplifies special effects and weaves a new plot that is even more exciting than the first.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 30, 2013
This film is also the best monster movie of the year and the best picture of any kind to open so far this summer. Put it another way: Aliens is the Jaws of the '80s.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
July 30, 2013
Surpassing its predecessor in terms of sheer spectacle, this sequel to Ridley Scott's outer-space nightmare from director James Cameron is an outstanding science-fiction thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Travers
People Magazine
July 30, 2013
So much for the theory that sequels never equal the original.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 30, 2013
Action thrillers assail but rarely test us; this is the tautest, most provoking, and altogether most draining example ever made.
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
July 1, 2013
On the short list of sequels that not only matched the quality of its predecessor, but arguably surpassed it to become one of the greatest films of its genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 13, 2012
Another defining picture in the sci-fi genre. A stellar achievement that's almost as good as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
September 22, 2011
Aliens contains a fascinating exploration of the way Western culture has traditionally aligned feminine characteristics onto nature while masculine characteristics have been aligned with civilisation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
R. L. Shaffer
October 30, 2010
James Cameron's Aliens is easily one of the best sequels ever made, taking the original story and expanding upon it in ways most sequels are afraid to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2010
Alien sequel is bigger, faster, scarier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 2, 2010
It's interesting that the film, a sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 atmospheric horror-film-in-space, is generally regarded as an action movie. Go through it, and you'll realize the character and dialogue scenes far outweigh the kablooey stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 11, 2009
Proved that James Cameron has a mind for directing action movies considerably more nuanced and plot-driven than just "find ways to blow things up".
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting
August 27, 2009
If you were to only see one movie in your entire lifetime it would have to be ALIENS. James Cameron has delivered a masterpiece that will never in a million years be topped...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
July 14, 2009
Some critics consider this chapter to be better than the first, but the two movies are vastly different: Ridley Scott's is a scary horror film, whereas James Cameron's is a high-tech actioner with superlative set-pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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