Contact (1997)

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She's known it since she was a young girl, when she would magically connect with distant voices on her father's shortwave radio. She's known it since college, when she chose the search for intelligent extraterrestrial messages as her discipline. She's known it since she bargained for just hours a week of satellite time to sweep the heavens for evidence. And she knows it every time she stares at the countless stars dappling the infinite night sky... Something is out there.

Rating: PG (for some intense action, mild language, and a scene of sensuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg, Jim V. Hart
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 1997
Runtime:
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Contact

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (20)

Something like one of those mysterious asteroids that get the astronomers all worked up: a large body of gaseous matter surrounding a relatively small core of solid substance.

Full Review… | February 16, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

When it's good, it's very good. And when it's not, it can be as silly and self-important as a bad '50s sci-fi movie.

Full Review… | February 16, 2011
Newsweek
Top Critic

Like Jodie Foster's hopeful space voyager in the picture, "Contact" may not travel quite as far as it hopes to go, but the trip is worth taking nonetheless.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Begins with a big bang, gradually falls into a lull and finally succumbs to entropy.

Full Review… | June 9, 2007
Washington Post
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Contact takes forever to lift off.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
Washington Post
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When Contact finally comes alive, it leaves you frightened and thrilled and emotionally overwrought, as only a child can be. The rest is pandering.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
Slate
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Audience Reviews for Contact

½

Robert Zemeckis crafts a very good science fiction drama, but in many ways it does lack a bit. The sheer scope of the film is grand, its ideas are very good, interesting and captivating, but there are times that the film feels a bit underdeveloped and it could have stood out more due to the fact that it has some very good ideas and acting on display on-screen. Watching the film, I felt that at times, it felt a bit too preachy, and it could have toned down a bit, but as a whole, Contact is an engaging picture, one that boasts impressive performances and a good story. However, I felt that the film considering what it deals with should have been much better as well. This isn't a bad film by any means, but it does leave a bit to be desired in terms of its story. The problem is that it tries to be far too ambitious, and it leaves a few things to dwindle and it never comes to fruition, which is a great shame because Contact really could have been a remarkable and highly memorable Science Fiction drama that could have stood out among other genre films. Contact is a good film, but it's not one Zemeckis' best efforts. For what it is, it's entertaining film, but at times we can see that the story strains a bit and it tries to overshadow the sometimes lacking plot with far too ambitious ideas, which like I said never really comes to light, and it's a shame because Contact had all the ingredients of a great Science Fiction picture, but it could have been so much better as well.

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TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

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½

Fascinating story about first alien contact. Brilliant story telling in which complex ideas are communicated simply enough to be understood by a non-technogeek audience. (I could have done with a little less religious grandstanding though.)

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cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

Robert Zemekis and Jodie Foster take on Carl (who died before the film was finished) Sagan's optimistic speculation on what the first alien (as in: from space not Uzbekistan) contact might be like. Interestingly the hypothesis goes (like in K-Pax) to thought being the fastest way to travel. Science geeks everywhere will sumptuously bathe in the obligatory sense of awe and wonder. Billions and billions of stars.

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Apeneck Fletcher

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