Alien Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 7, 2014
Director Ridley Scott's "Alien" is a near masterpiece with many imitators and zero superiors.
Derek Tse
Jam! Movies
October 15, 2014
This 1979 horror-sci-fi masterpiece still holds up remarkably well on the big screen, a testament to the skill of director Ridley Scott.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
Guardian
August 2, 2013
If you want cinematic kicks, Ridley Scott's massively successful Alien will give you them in profusion.

Total Film
October 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 13, 2012
A perfect roller coaster blend of horror and science fiction. Sigourney Weaver was an amazing discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 11, 2012
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 | Original Score: 10/10
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
May 31, 2012
...a seminal feminist action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 2, 2012
Alien has power, elicits terror, and the acid blood scars your consciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
October 28, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/4

Film4
June 1, 2011
It remains a benchmark of extra-terrestrial horror, and gave us a bona fide A-list star in the shape of Sigourney Weaver.
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
January 9, 2011
My favorite film of all time is one of the finest blu-rays in my collection.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 3, 2010
The monster itself is still one of the flat-out scariest ever designed for the movies.
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
October 30, 2010
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 | Original Score: 10/10
Top Critic
Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
October 22, 2010
It is depressing to watch an expensive, crafty movie that never soars beyond its cold desire to score the big bucks.
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2010
Dated but still extremely scary. Not for younger kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 15, 2009
Science fiction horror doesn't get any better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 19, 2009
It's a chilling, slow-paced, space horror movie using the same formula as the B-films of the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique
March 9, 2009
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.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Better than most of today's big budget sci-fi/horror films.
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