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

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Contact Reviews

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

The film balances characterisation with the adventure of space discovery, and harnesses advanced filmmaking techniques for the best possible result in entertainment with meaning.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter

It has been a while since Hollywood has delivered a serious science fiction drama.

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Neil Jeffries
Empire Magazine

Less sci-fi blockbuster, more spiritual thinkpiece, this is a Close Encounters Of The Third Kind for the X-Files generation.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

While it's hardly a perfect movie, Robert Zemeckis's Contact is one of the most 'religious' science fiction movies ever made.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 1, 2000
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

It is unusual for a summer blockbuster to inspire much actual debate.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Zemeckis uses special effects to suggest the climactic events without upstaging them.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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This is the kind of motion picture that restores one's faith in what can be produced when a large budget is used wisely.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Contact is a rarity: it is a pure science fiction movie.

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Few films glorify the unknown and relish ambiguity to the extent that Contact does.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle

After almost two-and-a-half hours of tantalizing buildup, the closing scenes' meager payoff of banal, Jack Handeyish hoo-haw creates a frustrating sense of intellectual coitus interruptus.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Robin Dougherty
Salon.com
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Faithful to Sagan's brand of popularized science, the film never reaches beyond Hollywood spectacle and sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The movie's CNN strategy, whereby credibility is measured in TV exposure, proves fatal, often throwing the proceedings into a laughable tailspin.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

There is so much that is right with this film and so much that is wrong, it is hard to know where to begin to evaluate the ideas.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: low +3 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

An intellectually and theologically challenging, $100 million summer blockbuster? Who'd have imagined?

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Ultimately, it's simply a good film striving mightily toward a greatness that exceeds its grasp.

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: B-

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Carl Sagan's ode to the superior intelligence of aliens (and how us darned humans mess everything up) is consistently beautiful and interesting, but it never makes a point (except for that bit about the darned humans).

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A movie that wants to be taken seriously and yet which frequently stumbles into dull, harebrained movie conventions, Contact is still better than most of what's out there right now -- especially in terms of science fiction.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Contact is at its most relaxed when it sheds its intellectual pretensions and reveals its media-wise sense of humor.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 7, 2011
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
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