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Alien Resurrection (1997)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 7

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Two centuries after Ellen Ripley's death, doctors aboard the space station Auriga clone her using a blood sample taken from Fiorna 161, in hopes of harvesting the queen embryo that was incubating inside of her when she was trapped on the remote penal planet. Finally succeeding after numerous attempts, they remove the alien and repair the clone for further study. Before long, the Ripley clone has gained consciousness, and displays superhuman capabilities that suggest it possesses alien DNA. When


Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror

Joss Whedon

Dec 2, 2003

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (79) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (33) | DVD (30)

It brings a mordant, crackerjack wit to the world of chest-busting, head-ripping creepazoids from beyond.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It satisfactorily recycles the great surprises that made the first movie so powerful. And most significantly, it makes a big hoot of the whole business.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (2)
Washington Post
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If you need to read a review to decide if you want to see "Alien Resurrection," you absolutely shouldn't be going.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (3)
Los Angeles Times
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There is not a single shot in the movie to fill one with wonder.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (11)
Chicago Sun-Times
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In mood, tone and imagery, this fourth installment in the esteemed horror series is a fascinating film under director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. But it's virtually impossible to follow.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
Detroit News
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A blend of surrealist humor, unintentional self-parody and groan-inducing moments, this is easily the nadir of the franchise.

June 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

[Jeuenet] doesn't push it all the way to "so bad it's good" territory, but he at least gives a healthy dose of the bizarre that makes it memorable, in its fashion.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

This fourth chapter in the popular sci-fi-horror franchise is without a doubt the weakest, both dramatically and visually.

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Simply put, Jean-Pierre Jeunet was the absolute wrong choice for this film. His award-winning quirky French visual sensibilities don't mesh well with Joss Whedon's meat-and-potatoes script.

October 30, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

Grotesque carnage, vile characters; steer clear.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

This fourth chapter comes off as the first fully postmodern Alien film: not Alien multiplied or cubed, but synthetically reawakened, groggy enough to sleepwalk through our memories of the first three, as in a dream.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

After the disappointing Alien 3, this fourth film in the franchise represents a marked improvement, but it fails to match the level established in the first two films.

September 20, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

Un de ces films dont il faut savoir s'imprégner de l'idée de départ pour être en mesure d'en apprécier les ébats à leur juste valeur.

August 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Panorama

Jeunet and Whedon deliver the alien-attack scenes with a spin and a wink.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

Has more visual flair than any of George Lucas' Star Wars films, and at times is almost as fun.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Poor Sigourney Weaver! Why does she succumb to the temptation of making these movies?

May 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers | Comments (3)
Houston Community Newspapers

It's time they quit killing the aliens, and just killed the Alien series altogether. ... How the mighty have fallen.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Comment (1)
Looking Closer

Moviegoers who expect more surprise and mystery from the grisly and suspenseful sci-fi "Alien" series will be disappointed.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

The much-maligned last part in the Alien quadrilogy should be approached as the comic book actioneer that it is.

December 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine's two hundred years down the road from Alien 3, and Ripley is long gone. If only. (Alien Quadrilogy)

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Great effects, dismal story. Sigourney phones in a paycheck. Why is Ryder even in this? Ron Perlman is the only bright spot in a forgettable cast.

March 21, 2003

Unfortunately, Weaver and Jeunet's efforts are short changed by the ineptness of Joss Whedon's script, that seems to find a way to make action sequences unexciting.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The film is so insistently formulaic there is hardly a moment when you don't know exactly what's going to happen.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

... despite more Catholic imagery than a mid-period Madonna video, the movie isn't heavy-handed ...

July 29, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Someone went crazy with the fake flesh and exoskeletons in the Fox creature shop, to impressive and exciting results.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Alien Resurrection

I don't know what's going on here. Just stick to the first three.
December 25, 2013

Super Reviewer

two stars
November 4, 2012
MisterYoda ?

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A non-stop, edge of your seat thrill-ride from start to finish, Resurrection rocks and rocks hard. The best Alien yet. It delivers all the terror of Alien and all the action and fun of Aliens with Joss Wheadons thrilling and cool script. An explosive and action-packed roller-coaster ride thats just bloody good fun. A worthy and satisfying sequel. A slickly crafted and wickedly shot film. A tremendously entertaining fear-injected ride.
October 13, 2012

Super Reviewer

I don't understand why the Alien franchise was taken to this level. 'Aliens' is set 57 years after 'Alien' and a lot happens between that time that significantly links with the story. However, over 200 years pass from 'Alien3' to this, and nothing is necessary for the film.The evolution of the Alien goes mental,and doesn't even reach the level of originality that HR Giger created. Best suggestion; avoid this film and act as if there's only an 'Alien Trilogy'
June 29, 2012
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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    1. Ellen Ripley: Who do I have to fuck to get off this boat?
    2. Johner: I can get you off... maybe not the boat.
    – Submitted by russell b (14 months ago)
    1. Christie: I don't trust anyone.
    – Submitted by russell b (14 months ago)
    1. Distephano: I thought you were dead?
    2. Ellen Ripley: Yeah, I get that a lot.
    – Submitted by russell b (14 months ago)
    1. Gediman: Fork
    2. Ellen Ripley: Fuck?
    3. Gediman: It's fork.
    – Submitted by russell b (14 months ago)
    1. Ellen Ripley: My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are.
    – Submitted by Mikhael M (23 months ago)
    1. Johner: What's the big deal, man? Fuckin' waste of ammo.
    2. Christie: Let's go.
    3. Johner: Must be a chick thing.
    – Submitted by Mikhael M (23 months ago)
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