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 … 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
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Critic Reviews for Evolution

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (34)

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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