Contact Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 16, 2011
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.
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Newsweek
February 16, 2011
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.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Thoughtful adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 31, 2010
Uma ficção científica que confere peso semelhante aos dois termos do gênero: se sua narrativa ficcional é intrigante e bem desenvolvida, sua ciência jamais se entrega ao implausível.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 6, 2009
...one of the best pure science-fiction films since 2001.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 20, 2009
No wonder the astronomer's philosophy of contact boils down to this: Don't call me, I'll call you.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
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.
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
January 17, 2008
With all the science and technology, Zemeckis and the writers made room for spiritual debates (some of them painfully slight), political commentary, and a strangely tepid and inert romance...
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 13, 2007
Magical, captivating entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Washington Post
June 9, 2007
Begins with a big bang, gradually falls into a lull and finally succumbs to entropy.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
June 8, 2007
Contact takes forever to lift off.
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Sarah Kerr
Slate
June 8, 2007
When Contact finally comes alive, it leaves you frightened and thrilled and emotionally overwrought, as only a child can be. The rest is pandering.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 8, 2007
The result is a film far too cold-blooded for summer audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Features heavy-handed exposition, repetitive, maudlin flashbacks, uneven performances and endless sermonising.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 4, 2005
Foster's voyage is an astronomical letdown, largely because Zemeckis' ideas of heaven and earth don't extend beyond what can be envisioned as a celluloid event.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
It is a good sci-fi yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
By hating the two-dimensional villain ... the audience feels they have found 'the bad guy' and aren't challenged to consider the flimsiness in Arroway's or Josse's perspectives.
| Original Score: B
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 28, 2004
The story doesn't always do justice to the mind-bending visual opening of Robert Zemeckis' movie, which features Jodie Foster as an annoyingly intense scientist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
January 12, 2004
Gran, gran película, una de esas que merecería más páginas...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Even the computer generated graphics are a bad fit.
| Original Score: 2/4
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