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


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Alien Reviews

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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
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 9, 2005
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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An empty-headed horror movie with nothing to recommend it beyond the disco-inspired art direction and some handsome, if gimmicky, cinematography.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 4, 2007
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Ridley Scott's 1979 movie is a great original.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 15, 2004
James Berardinelli
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The way [Ridley] Scott meticulously raises the sense of menace and tension is worthy of Hitchcock.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
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
Scott Weinberg

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
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 30, 2006
Eric D. Snider

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 Source: | Original Score: B+

November 21, 2003
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Superior science fiction and the best haunted house movie ever made.

| Original Score: 5/5

December 3, 2002
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
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
Cole Smithey

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

July 15, 2009
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
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
Variety Staff
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An old-fashioned scary movie set in a highly realistic sci-fi future, made all the more believable by expert technical craftmanship.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 4, 2007
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

August 9, 2002
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

| Original Score: 5/5

October 11, 2002
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