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Aliens of the Deep

Aliens of the Deep (2005)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 10

An amazing array of images from beneath the sea.


Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 3

An amazing array of images from beneath the sea.



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James Cameron, director, deep ocean adventurer and space exploration visionary, combines his talent and his passions in the digital 3D film 'Aliens of the Deep.' Cameron takes audiences to the depths of the ocean to encounter some of the strangest life forms on Earth, while inviting us to imagine what future explorers may someday find on other planets.

Nov 1, 2005


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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (10) | DVD (14)

Yes, the work they're doing is mind-boggling and important, but sometimes the images alone are more than capable of speaking for themselves.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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That IMAX 3-D cameras have plunged so deep to record an often bizarre array of sea creatures undoubtedly delivers a certain 'wow' factor, but the accompanying commentary is heavier on breathless excitement than solid fact.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A master showman's large-format documentary, a movie with great images, great special effects and the sheen of Hollywood often missing in these museum or science-center movies.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The experience is so immediate and immersive that you actually feel as if you are swimming with the krill.

April 1, 2005
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Here we know only that Cameron and his bright-eyed young scientists (who take turns narrating) are heading to the deeper parts of the Atlantic and Pacific to observe the environment and life-forms down there.

February 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Often thrilling.

January 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A fascinating science lesson for anyone interested in either deep-sea -- or outer space -- exploration.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

It's not usual for documentaries to ingest the sci-fi genre, but in this case it's an eye pleasing and mind boggling excursion, beautifully realised and seamlessly integrated into the film.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The far more interesting stuff is back here at the bottom of the sea.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Once you get used to the "awesome" and "wow"-heavy dialogue, James Cameron's excursion into both 3-D technology and deep ocean trenches delivers some fascinating footage.

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Even if these plants and animals did not exist, we may have already invented them, courtesy of those sci fi special effects magicians working overtime for the past decades.

March 23, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

The final shot, in particular, is awesome, and confirms that the sooner Cameron gets back to making proper movies, instead of Boys' Own diversions, the better.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

I want the old James Cameron back.

January 19, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

[Cameron] speculates that the ocean's depths contain mysterious life unlike anything else on Earth.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Some great shots of some odd (alien) deep sea fish and a good tie into space exploration, but other than that, the 3D isn't that great and reaction shots go too long.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

There are impressive rock formations and many other fine things to see, along with an interesting science lesson.

April 1, 2005
Philadelphia Daily News

It is a lot more like being there than just watching pictures taken by someone who was there.

March 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

It's visually stunning, but [James Cameron] can't resist going slightly too far with its premise.

February 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Much of the allure of the film comes from Cameron's easygoing, rather unscientific approach to the project.

February 7, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

It presents complex ideas simply with amazing visuals to wow those from eight to eighty.

February 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The first two-thirds of Aliens of the Deep offer a fascinating peek into earth's mysteries.

February 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Audience Reviews for Aliens of the Deep

Pretty cool and a little hokey at times.
November 16, 2011

Super Reviewer

If there's two things that James Cameron can't get enough of, it's aliens and the sea. In this documentary, he combines both of his passions and turns it into a
fascinating exploration of the strange creatures that inhabit the deep depths of the world's oceans. Not only that, but like the great visionary that he is, he also
goes beyond those found on Earth and looks at how the ocean life might look like on one of Jupiter's many moons, namely Europa. It'd be cool to say the least if they went there for real someday, because after seeing this production, it seems the prospect of finding alien life there, is far from mere science fiction.
October 11, 2008
Mike S

Super Reviewer

Im sort of confused after this doc. It didn't amaze me like other ones, but it isn't horrible, because it did present me to different creatures i've never seen before. It just doesn't compare to any of Disneynature's films. Keep in mind that I saw the 48 minute version not the 96 minute one. Overall Rating:48
October 19, 2011
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