A blend of surrealist humor, unintentional self-parody and groan-inducing moments, this is easily the nadir of the franchise.
| Original Score: 2/4
[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.
| Original Score: 4/10
This fourth chapter in the popular sci-fi-horror franchise is without a doubt the weakest, both dramatically and visually.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 6/10
Grotesque carnage, vile characters; steer clear.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
Jeunet and Whedon deliver the alien-attack scenes with a spin and a wink.
| Original Score: 4/5
Has more visual flair than any of George Lucas' Star Wars films, and at times is almost as fun.
| Original Score: B+
Poor Sigourney Weaver! Why does she succumb to the temptation of making these movies?
| Original Score: D
It's time they quit killing the aliens, and just killed the Alien series altogether. ... How the mighty have fallen.
| Original Score: C+
Moviegoers who expect more surprise and mystery from the grisly and suspenseful sci-fi "Alien" series will be disappointed.
| Original Score: 3/4
The much-maligned last part in the Alien quadrilogy should be approached as the comic book actioneer that it is.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
...it's two hundred years down the road from Alien 3, and Ripley is long gone. If only. (Alien Quadrilogy)
| Original Score: 5/10
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The film is so insistently formulaic there is hardly a moment when you don't know exactly what's going to happen.
... despite more Catholic imagery than a mid-period Madonna video, the movie isn't heavy-handed ...
| Original Score: B
Someone went crazy with the fake flesh and exoskeletons in the Fox creature shop, to impressive and exciting results.
| Original Score: 3.5/5