Alien Reviews

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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.
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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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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.
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
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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
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The way [Ridley] Scott meticulously raises the sense of menace and tension is worthy of Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Scott Weinberg
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
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
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+
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 3, 2002
Superior science fiction and the best haunted house movie ever made.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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
Cole Smithey
July 15, 2009
Science fiction horror doesn't get any better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2010
Dated but still extremely scary. Not for younger kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 3, 2010
The monster itself is still one of the flat-out scariest ever designed for the movies.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 7, 2014
Director Ridley Scott's "Alien" is a near masterpiece with many imitators and zero superiors.
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Variety Staff
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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