Alien

Alien

97%
  • Alien
    2 minutes 48 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Alien Reviews

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

This revolutionary "haunted house in space" thrill-ride is the classic business, stunning you with shock after shock, even when the fascinating monster is exposed in all its hideous glory.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

October 6, 2013
Derek Malcolm
Guardian [UK]

If you want cinematic kicks, Ridley Scott's massively successful Alien will give you them in profusion.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]

August 2, 2013

Total Film

Look as hard as you like, you won't spot a single flaw, even though the film's had 24 years to date.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

October 10, 2012
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A perfect roller coaster blend of horror and science fiction. Sigourney Weaver was an amazing discovery.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

June 13, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

In a century of sci-fi/horror hybrids, few if any movies do such a good job at reaching the absolute highest peaks of both halves of that equation as this one.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 10/10

June 11, 2012
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

...a seminal feminist action flick.

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

May 31, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Alien has power, elicits terror, and the acid blood scars your consciousness.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 5/5

May 2, 2012
Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
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The most startling thing watching Alien again is its pacing. For the first 45 minutes, little happens. It's all slow, exquisite build-up, which makes the second half seem all the more horrific.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 28, 2011

Film4

It remains a benchmark of extra-terrestrial horror, and gave us a bona fide A-list star in the shape of Sigourney Weaver.

Full Review Source: Film4

June 1, 2011
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet

My favorite film of all time is one of the finest blu-rays in my collection.

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

January 9, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The monster itself is still one of the flat-out scariest ever designed for the movies.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

November 3, 2010
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

Ridley Scott's Alien is nothing short of a masterpiece. Technically brilliant, tense, horrifying and visually breathtaking, there's not a moment in this B-monster movie that doesn't excel well beyond the usual genre trappings.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 10/10

October 30, 2010
Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
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It is depressing to watch an expensive, crafty movie that never soars beyond its cold desire to score the big bucks.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 22, 2010
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Dated but still extremely scary. Not for younger kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

September 9, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Science fiction horror doesn't get any better than this.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

July 15, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a chilling, slow-paced, space horror movie using the same formula as the B-films of the 1950s.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

June 19, 2009
Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique

Alien proved that material derided as B-movie fodder could be handled with finesse and glossy production values, without diminishing the thrills or polishing over the hard-edged horror.

Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

March 9, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Better than most of today's big budget sci-fi/horror films.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

It certainly doesn't look like a 24-year-old movie.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The limited strengths of its staple sci-fi horrors always derived from either the offhand organic/ Freudian resonances of its design or the purely (brilliantly) manipulative editing and pacing of its above-average shock quota.

Full Review Source: Time Out

August 16, 2007
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