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Evolution (2001)



Critic Consensus: Director Reitman tries to remake Ghostbusters, but his efforts are largely unsuccessful because the movie has too many comedic misfires.

Movie Info

The spirit of the mega-hit Ghostbusters (1984) is intentionally recalled with this effects-heavy sci-fi comedy from the same director, Ivan Reitman, co-starring Dan Aykroyd and debuting on the 17th anniversary of the earlier film's release. When a meteor bearing single-celled organisms crashes to the Earth, the life forms are initially confined to a cave. Before long the creatures are evolving at an exponentially rapid rate, resulting in fearsome aliens running amok and possibly spelling mankind's doom, or at least the end of man's domination over life on Earth. Investigating the phenomenon is a community college professor, Ira Kane (David Duchovny), his geologist friend Harry Block (Orlando Jones), wannabe fireman Wayne Green (Seann William Scott), and government scientist Allison Reed (Julianne Moore). Evolution also stars Ted Levine, Ethan Suplee, and Katharine Towne.more
Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, and for sci-fi action)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Diamond, David Weissman, Don Jakoby
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 26, 2001
Box Office: $37.6M
Dreamworks Pictures - Official Site


Ted Levine
as Gen. Woodman
Dan Aykroyd
as Gov. Lewis
Gregory Itzin
as Cartwright
Ashley Clark
as Lt. Cryer
Pat Kilbane
as Officer Johnson
Ty Burrell
as Flemming
Richard Moll
as Fire Training Inspec...
Steven Gilborn
as Judge Guilder
Wayne Duvall
as Dr. Paulson
Michael Chapman
as Sheriff Long
Kyle Gass
as Officer Drake
Lucas Dudley
as Sgt. Toms
Steven Pierce
as Sgt. Larson
Wendy Braud
as Nurse Tate
Stephanie Hodge
as Jill Mason
Morgan Nagler
as Dressing Room Shopli...
Andrew Bowen
as Road Worker
Steve Kehela
as Reporter
Kenny Blank
as Student
John Cho
as Student
Tressa Pope
as Student
Chris Wylde
as Student
Marty Belafsky
as Military Policeman
Lee Weaver
as Military Policeman
Tom Davis
as Governor's Aide
Gary Kent
as Governor's Aide
Timothy R. Layton
as Guard Gate Soldier
Angelo Vacco
as Officer Thompson
Tom Woodruff Jr.
as Lead Primate Creatur...
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News & Interviews for Evolution

Critic Reviews for Evolution

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (35)

perhaps a creative film distributor could employ a brain surgeon who can perform temporary lobotomies in order to endure films like this

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
Old School Reviews

...an ideal example of how to do a summer movie right...

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

Uneven, unfocused with some inspired silliness.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Part of the problem with Evolution -- aside from the fact that it isn't really very funny -- is that it's mostly jaded; there's very little gee-whiz, almost no awe.

Full Review… | January 21, 2008

Paying homage to his previous and better work, Reitman's new comedy is marked by one-idea story, sporadic humor that lacks wit, and cheesy special effects.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006

EVOLUTION is like a chemistry set experiment that could have gone horribly awry, but turns out just right . . . Duchovny and Jones have great buddy movie chemistry

Full Review… | March 20, 2003

Audience Reviews for Evolution


Wayne Grey: Ka ka, ka ka! Kakaaa! Tukki Tukki! Tukki Tukki!
Harry Block: Wayne, I think we've established that "Ka Ka" and "Tukki Tukki" don't work.

Those lines always cracks me up!

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


A fun sci-fi movie that although quite unrealistic, still provides some cool effects and plenty of laughter.

Shawn Ewing

Super Reviewer


Out of all the popcorn films I have seen recently Evolution has to be my favourite, It is by no means a completely original brilliant piece of cinema but it is a good fast paced comedy to sit back into and enjoy. Duchovny and Jones work well together and the film keeps you laughing throughout.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer

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