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Alien3 (1992)


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 336,498



Movie Info

Crash landing on a barren penal-colony planet with an unwelcomed visitor in tow, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) contends with a group of hardened convicts while using nothing but her wits to battle a terrifying new breed of alien. The sole survivor of her crashed escape pod, Ripley is rescued from the craft by the remaining inhabitants of Fiorina 161, a group of rapists and murders who chose to repent for their sins in deep space after the penal colony was officially decommissioned. When remaining … More

R (violence)
Science Fiction & Fantasy , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
David Glier , Walter Hill , Larry Ferguson
In Theaters:
Jun 1, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Alien3

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (25) | DVD (32)

Good acting has salvaged many a poor script in the past, but not here.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Alien 3 belongs to that branch of fantasy comics, best exemplified by the Road Warrior movies, in which the iron and space ages meet for dizzy results.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Bold and haunting

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Barely watchable and not especially enjoyable.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Ironically, Alien 3 is not a bad movie. In fact -- here's the rub -- it's too interesting to make an exciting summer flick.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

May satisfy fans of the earlier films ... but it won't win any new converts.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

It all happens - with equal confusion and intrigue - under the umbrella of a low-tech style so chilling in its presence that it becomes a character all on its own.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014

A large step down from the original two films, the third is still entertaining and iconic.

Full Review… | June 13, 2012
Cinema Sight

I recognize the film fandom fury that comes with such a drastic continuation, yet there's a big brown world of unusual cinematic risk here to consume. Alien 3 remains such a potent, mesmerizing force of doom.

Full Review… | May 21, 2012

Too conceptually disjointed to live in the imagination after it's over, like its predecessors.

Full Review… | May 2, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's a shame that Alien 3 nearly ruined the [Alien] franchise, but that doesn't make it a bad movie, just a bad sequel.

Full Review… | October 30, 2010

Grim, nihilistic sequel in none-too-cheery series.

Full Review… | September 9, 2010
Common Sense Media

A fascinating, often fantastic, film, one simultaneously indebted to and self-consciously divorced from its acclaimed predecessors in ways both clunky and inspired.

Full Review… | March 25, 2010
Lessons of Darkness

The problem lies within the weak storyline.

Full Review… | August 4, 2009

The movie is dramatically flawed, but in his feature debut David Fincher shows a lot of promise for better things to come, especially when visuals and tone are concerned.

Full Review… | April 20, 2006

Tournure inattendue trop souvent sous-estime, Alien pourrait bien tre en fait la suite la plus accomplie d'une saga incontournable.

Full Review… | July 31, 2005

Fox's DVD restoration/mea culpa of Fincher's original edit is cause for celebration. The studio cut seemed glibly nihilistic --this time when she jumps, it means something.

Full Review… | January 28, 2004
Philadelphia Weekly

The advertisements promise '3 times the suspense. 3 times the danger. 3 times the terror.' The only thing Alien3 has triple of is the word 'f--k.'

Full Review… | January 1, 2004

The soulless Alien is essentially an amalgam of power shots.

Full Review… | December 15, 2003
Slant Magazine

Flashy, flawed sequel that doesn't deliver the chills of the first or the thrills of the second

November 6, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Manages to get the job done if you temper your expectation to a modest level.

Full Review… | September 29, 2003
Film and Felt

Filled with scares. Sigourney Weaver is winning once again as a tough woman warrior.

Full Review… | July 19, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

All the groundwork laid by Scott and Cameron in the first two films is tossed right out the window by this nihilistic script. Only watchable thanks to Fincher's directing.

March 21, 2003

Gorgeous sets and another great turn from Weaver vie with a repetative and desperate structure. It also commits an unforgivable sin by rendering the events of the first two films utterly irrelevant.

February 6, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Audience Reviews for Alien3

Not as good as the first two.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Its my least favorite of the series and dosent deliver like the other two did, but Director, David Fincher does a fine job in the directing chair just the story is not the best.

Al S

Super Reviewer

I understand when people were disappointed with this film due to some of its ideas. However, I do believe that as a stand alone film, its impressive.But overall,although Alien 3 isn't the strongest in the Alien franchise, it deserves its place as part of it and doesn't deserve its constant panning.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer


The whole religion aspect pretty much ruined the film for me. Not enough Fincherness.

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

Alien3 Quotes

In an insane world, a sane man must appear insane.
– Submitted by Jack R (24 months ago)
Ellen Ripley:
You've been in my life so long, I can't remember anything else.
– Submitted by Jack R (24 months ago)
Why? Why are the innocent punished? Why the sacrifice? Why the pain? There aren't any promises. Nothing certain. Only that some get called, some get saved. She won't ever know the hardship and grief for those of us left behind. We commit these bodies to the void with a glad heart. For within each seed, there is a promise of a flower, and within each death, no matter how small, there's always a new life. A new beginning.
– Submitted by Jack R (24 months ago)
You're all gonna die. Only question is how you check out. Do you want it on your feet...or on your fucking knees...begging? I ain't much for begging and nobody ever gave me nothin'. So I say, 'Fuck that thing! Let's fight it!'
– Submitted by John P (2 years ago)
Bishop II:
Hi Ripley I like your hair cut.
– Submitted by Javis C (2 years ago)

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