• Contact
    2 minutes 32 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Contact Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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 Source: TIME Magazine

February 16, 2011

Newsweek
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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 Source: Newsweek

February 16, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Thoughtful adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 22, 2010
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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 Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 5/5

July 31, 2010
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...one of the best pure science-fiction films since 2001.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

October 6, 2009
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

No wonder the astronomer's philosophy of contact boils down to this: Don't call me, I'll call you.

Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

August 20, 2009
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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 Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

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...

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

January 17, 2008
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Magical, captivating entertainment.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 4/4

October 13, 2007

Washington Post
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Begins with a big bang, gradually falls into a lull and finally succumbs to entropy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 9, 2007
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Contact takes forever to lift off.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 8, 2007
Sarah Kerr
Slate

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 Source: Slate

June 8, 2007
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The result is a film far too cold-blooded for summer audiences.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 8, 2007

Time Out
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Features heavy-handed exposition, repetitive, maudlin flashbacks, uneven performances and endless sermonising.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

November 4, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

It is a good sci-fi yarn.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

April 9, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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

December 6, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

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 Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 28, 2004
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos

Gran, gran película, una de esas que merecería más páginas...

Full Review Source: Cinenganos | Original Score: 5/5

January 12, 2004
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

Even the computer generated graphics are a bad fit.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2003
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