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The War of the Worlds Reviews

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Rob Humanick

Understandably well-remembered, but its status as a high classic seems more incidental than earned.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 3, 2011
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media

Some grisly and scary parts. Not for young 'uns.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011


| Original Score: 3.5/4

March 2, 2008
Steve Crum

Definitely a sci-fi classic from the 1950s...great George Pal effects.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 22, 2008
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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As the perfect crystallization of 50s ideology the film would be fascinating enough, but the special effects in this 1953 George Pal production also achieve a kind of dark, burnished apocalyptic beauty.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 8, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Though it's bogged down by a stiff cast, a yawn-inspiring conventional romance, and a sappy religiosity, it remains a landmark in the history of special effects.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 8, 2007
Variety Staff
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War of the Worlds is a socko science-fiction feature, as fearsome as a film as was the Orson Welles 1938 radio interpretation of the H.G. Wells novel.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 8, 2007
A.H. Weiler
New York Times
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Mind those heat rays!

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 31, 2006
Mark Bourne

For a movie that already succeeded in scaring the Grape Nehi out of every ten-year-old in the audience, how disquieting it must have been for the Cold War-agitated grownups to witness U.S. might, tanks and A-bombs alike, brushed away helpless...

Full Review Source:

April 5, 2006
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

peculiarly fifties-bound

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

March 6, 2006

Time Out
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Too bad about the wooden cast, the tackily conventional romance, and a draggy religious message; but at least, given the time it was made, it isn't imbued with Cold War hysteria.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
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A half-century after its creation, the film's best moments are still so enjoyably unnerving that they easily carry a viewer through the necessary but inevitably dated exposition.

December 6, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This version has more soul than the remake.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

December 2, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a so-called "classic" that couldn't possibly be more overrated.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 26, 2005
Christopher Null

This is vintage Cold War-era sci-fi, and one of the best films in the genre.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

January 25, 2005
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Incredibly overrated version of the Wells novel.

| Original Score: 2/5

May 29, 2003
Brian Mckay

Well, it's not called a classic for nothing.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 18, 2003
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

A great Cold War re-imagining of Welles' classic tale.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The acting was wooden, the romance was blah, and the religious messages tacked on were pathetic.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

September 6, 2001
Dragan Antulov

A classic that should be seen by anyone who really likes genre of science fiction in the cinema.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
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