A large step down from the original two films, the third is still entertaining and iconic.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: A-
Too conceptually disjointed to live in the imagination after it's over, like its predecessors.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
Grim, nihilistic sequel in none-too-cheery series.
| Original Score: 1/5
A fascinating, often fantastic, film, one simultaneously indebted to and self-consciously divorced from its acclaimed predecessors in ways both clunky and inspired.
| Original Score: B+
The problem lies within the weak storyline.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: C+
Good acting has salvaged many a poor script in the past, but not here.
Tournure inattendue trop souvent sous-estime, Alien pourrait bien tre en fait la suite la plus accomplie d'une saga incontournable.
| Original Score: 9/10
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.
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.'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The soulless Alien is essentially an amalgam of power shots.
Flashy, flawed sequel that doesn't deliver the chills of the first or the thrills of the second
| Original Score: 2/5
Manages to get the job done if you temper your expectation to a modest level.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Filled with scares. Sigourney Weaver is winning once again as a tough woman warrior.
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
Bold and haunting