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Aliens in the Attic (2009)



Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 72
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 50

Inoffensive and kid-friendly this mundane family comedy is light on imagination.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 11

Inoffensive and kid-friendly this mundane family comedy is light on imagination.



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Kids on a family vacation must fight off an attack by knee-high alien invaders with world-destroying ambitions. At the same time, the youngsters work hard to keep their parents in the dark about the battle upstairs. It all starts as a meteor shower rockets across the dark galaxy. Four glowing pods sparkle and crackle while hiding behind the meteor show. A mysterious force makes the meteor shower turn a hard right towards a bright blue ball in the distance - planet Earth.

Nov 3, 2009


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Fleeting charms are largely outweighed by an unexceptional script, a brace of shabby performances (from both kids and adults) and some dismal CG effects.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Jenkins is a bit too McDreamy to play the geeky underdog, and adult viewers will be nostalgic for the chubby, bucktoothed and truly dorky cast of The Goonies.

August 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Basically a tweener cable movie on steroids, with a bigger budget and a larger cast of B-list character actors.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It appears designed for families who never leave the mall.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A forgettable bit of fluff that will zip out of your orbit as soon as the credits roll.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's doubtful that many people will be asking for their money back after seeing this movie. But they won't be remembering too much about it 24 hours later, either.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The whole enterprise is frustratingly 'blah' - weak acting, flat storytelling, lifeless direction, murky cinematography.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

Cute protagonists, sensible morals and refreshing lack of complexity make Aliens in the Attic a bit of guilty pleasure.

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Screenwize

Remarkably unremarkable; a lively war of the worlds diversion with plenty of spunky special effects, gratuitous slapstick, and Ashley Tisdale parading around in a bikini for all the dads out there.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source:

Aliens In The Attic might fall between a key audiences but will certainly provide a rip-roaring time for both tweens and younger kids, never mind the parents who are seemingly dragged along.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Disliking Aliens in the Attic because it is so blatantly aimed at kids is like disliking the desert for having no water in it . . .

November 14, 2009

Amiable, kid-oriented slapstick...

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

What it lacks in originality and creativity it makes up for with action and a talented cast that breathes life into its thinly drawn characters.

September 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

You get the feeling that the Aliens in the Attic video game probably has more to offer.

September 3, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Hilarious? No. But will you hate your kids for begging to see it? Nooooo.

September 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia)
Courier Mail (Australia)

Despite a lacklustre beginning, this family film manages to keep its audience entertained right through to the end.

September 2, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Getting past the passages of forced teen coolness, this likable sci-fi romp brings some PG-tastic fun.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Undemanding and occasionally lol, Aliens in the Attic will have the youngsters in stitches at some of the fight scenes... entertaining and sometimes goofy family comedy

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Cue some uninspired but reasonably entertaining mayhem. The aliens are mediocre CGI bipeds who wouldn't last 10 seconds against a horde of Gremlins.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

Uninventive family comedy.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The aliens look like cast-offs from a bad Spielberg film and the whole family are boring examples of Hollywood's ordinary Americans.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

If I saw ALIENS IN THE ATTIC twenty years ago, I would have recommended it. But now that the bar has been raised for family films, I would say wait for the dvd, and only if you're a parent.

August 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

This is one of those once-seen-immediately-forgotten enterprises which avoids anything memorable or imaginative in favour of fast, functional, charisma-free busy-ness.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Gremlins meets Goonies meets something stultifyingly inept in a sci-fi adventure for the very young.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for Aliens in the Attic

On a family vacation the kids discover there are aliens who want to take over the world.
December 30, 2012
Candy Rose

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A simple, easy to watch film with some good comedy moments that will enthral children, but nothing for the adult viewer.
November 29, 2012

Super Reviewer

Art Pearson: This isn't Xbox, Lee. It's real! - Like Wii! 

"They came from upstairs." 

Just a piss poor attempt at a family sci-fi film. Aliens in the Attic is beyond childish, it is to the point where kids will be making fun of how stupid it is. The whole movie is a bunch of talentless child to teenage actors running around fighting small, poorly imagined aliens, while the parents(who are to stupid to notice the aliens) go about their normal lives. 

A family goes away for a summer vacation. While there, the kids discover that some midget aliens are arriving and looking for something buried under the house. The kids must stop them all by themselves because the aliens have technology that only works on adults. The film doesn't sound as bad as it is. In actuality, it is a pretty boring and lifeless movie when it comes to these types of stories.

Then there's all the horrible, cliche one liners and obvious plot choices that just make the movie repetitive and uninspired. Bad effects and bad acting just add to the misery of sitting through this godawful attempt at family fun. If you are looking for a film to watch with the entire family, look elsewhere because this will be pure torture for anyone over the age of 8.
December 8, 2011
Melvin White

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