Alien Reviews

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
January 15, 2004
Ridley Scott's new cut won't change the way people think about the movie, but it reinforces the film's strengths without alienating the series' biggest fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
January 15, 2004
This is still the stuff of nightmares.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 15, 2004
Ridley Scott's 1979 movie is a great original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 31, 2003
Scott can still get me to jump by putting me almost on edge and then throwing me overboard with a small but loud hiss or from something that leaps out of the darkness.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 29, 2003
It's a most satisfying return to one of the few sci-fi films that deserves to be called a masterpiece.
| Original Score: 4/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
November 21, 2003
Remains one of the best examples of sustained tension. There is a sense of ominousness, a sense that something bad is going to happen, from the moment the film begins.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 9, 2003
Besides Weaver and Skeritt, the top-notch ensemble includes two of Britain's best actors -- Ian Holm, as the untrustworthy science officer, and John Hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Guylaine Cadorette
Hollywood.com
November 8, 2003
The film remains as gripping today as it was when it was first released in 1979.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adrian MacKinder
Future Movies UK
November 6, 2003
At the risk of sounding like an old man, they really don't make 'em like this anymore.
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
November 5, 2003
It's one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 4, 2003
Though some of Scott's editing decisions in this new version are questionable -- one even violates continuity -- he has left the film's most suspenseful and chilling moments intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
November 4, 2003
A lot of horror/thriller directors assume that people see a movie for the blood and guts. However, the splatter means nothing if we don't know the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
November 4, 2003
A beautiful, quiet, and amazingly poetic film visually that lets its shots linger and build a mood of genuine isolation and dread.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 3, 2003
One of the finest examples of the scary sci-fi genre, with its sequel, Aliens, being the absolute best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 2, 2003
...a memorable (yet demonstrably erratic) landmark of the cinematic sci-fi field...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 2, 2003
What's most unusual about the original 24 years later, though, is its elegant minimalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 2, 2003
It scares us despite our knowing what is coming.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 1, 2003
A haunted-house movie set in space, Alien also has a profoundly existentialist undertow that makes it feel like a film noir -- the other genre to feature a slithery, sexualized monster as its classic villain.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 1, 2003
It's a scream from another era that still echoes around us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

E! Online
November 1, 2003
It's all good, and just getting to see this freakin' frightening and visually stimulating flick on a big screen (especially for those who've never seen it in a theater) makes this well worth a trip to your homeworld multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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