Alien Reviews

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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
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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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
It certainly doesn't look like a 24-year-old movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Paul Taylor
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 4, 2007
An old-fashioned scary movie set in a highly realistic sci-fi future, made all the more believable by expert technical craftmanship.
Michael Scheinfeld
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 4, 2007
There's nothing terribly complex or original about the movie, but it is distinguished by its clever and innovative use of B-movie staples in a hi-tech setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 4, 2007
An empty-headed horror movie with nothing to recommend it beyond the disco-inspired art direction and some handsome, if gimmicky, cinematography.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 15, 2007
This scary feature breathed new life into the horror genre, launching a length film franchise and introducing to audiences a major actress, Sigourney Weaver, in a tough role typically allotted to men.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
A movie masterpiece. And on the big screen, the chestburster scene just kills.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
June 1, 2006
A wondrous reminder of how imagination can triumph over budget.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
A genuine fright classic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
These things no longer surprise or tantalize us as they once did. In a very short time, science-fiction films have developed their own jargon that's now become a part of the grammar.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 7, 2005
Alien will upset your mind and upset your stomach.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 22, 2004
Still one scary mother.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
July 24, 2004
...a movie so good, so involving and so jolting that it not only takes is place among the great science fiction films of our time, but also the great thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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