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The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain (1971)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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The "Andromeda Strain" is a deadly extraterrestrial virus. It is brought to Earth when a research satellite crashes near a tiny Arizona town. Everyone in the community dies within days, except for a baby and an "insulated" drunkard. Recruited from labs all over North America, doctors Charles Dutton (David Wayne), Jeremy Stone (Arthur Hill), Ruth Leavitt (Kate Reid), and Mark Hall (James Olson) don radiation suits and race against time to isolate and destroy the virus. The film is based on a

Oct 10, 2000

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (8) | DVD (5)

Robert Wise brings his Academy Award-winning sobriety and meticulousness to a pulp tale that cries out for the slapdash vigor of a Roger Corman.

November 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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Nelson Gidding's adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel is too literal and talky.

November 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Wise does rather plod through the plot.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Nothing very exciting goes on.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Splendid entertainment that will get you worried about whether they'll be able to contain that strange blob of alien green crystal.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Robert Wise's version of Chrihton's popular novel is a decent (but no more) film, with some good art design.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com


August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Uma ficção-científica inteligente, para adultos, que usa a "ficção" como trampolim para sua fascinante "ciência". E a direção de arte é um espetáculo à parte, mesmo que datada.

November 15, 2008
Cinema em Cena

An intriguing, suspenseful story is somewhat hampered by a dull cast. The last sequence will have you on the edge of your seat.

November 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Wise (and Crichton) concoct the most absorbing, riveting take on science fiction tempered with science fact.

November 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Director Wise takes few liberties with Michael Crichton's breakthrough best-seller and the film is all the stronger for it.

November 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Wise and screenwriter Nelson Gidding focus on the details and the science of the story, giving it a natural suspense that nearly holds up for the entire 131 minutes.

September 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A great book, but a mind-boggling boring movie.

September 2, 2005 | Comments (3)
7M Pictures

Studied, fascinating, tense sci-fi classic.

January 3, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

The paranoid thriller unfolds at a tedious pace and seems to take forever to develop.

February 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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This is probably the most pure science fiction work that author Michael Crichton have ever done.

October 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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One of Crichton's earliest adaptations is still one of his finest.

July 25, 2002

The ending is arguably a bit too neat, but works nevertheless.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Andromeda Strain

Wise and Gidding (director and screenwriter) succesfully repeat the formula applied when adapting the psychological horror classic "The Haunting". A concise emphasis in human drama and scientific verosimilitud over a seemingly far-fetched subject. Tense and paranoid atmosphere that grows in its final stages, despite the overload of dialogue. An adrenaline-pounding thriller.
February 19, 2012

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A very serious sci-fi thriller about an alien virus on Earth. Somewhat boring in places, but overall a really good movie.
December 28, 2010

Super Reviewer

I've seen this film years ago, but I suppose I'd never really "seen" it. This truly is a science-fiction film like few others. The characters are all played by unknowns and they're all older, unlike some sci-fi films of late which leading scientists in the world are in their mid-20's with personal baggage overshadowing the main star of the film; the virus. The date/time stamps during the film give it a documentary feel here and there which makes the viewer feel as if they are as much in a hurry as the scientists. The electronic score adds to the early 70's sci-fi feel and perfectly compliments the look, and damn does it look cool in only the way director Robert Wise could make it.

If you haven't seen this film, rent it, pop some popcorn, draw the blinds and enjoy one of the more interesting science thrillers from the early 1970s.

January 20, 2010
El Hombre Invisible

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You have to keep in mind that this film was made in 1970 (released in '71) which predates CGI and digital recording. All things considered, Robert Wise and his crew did a phenomenal job with the resources available. Still, time has not been kind to Andromeda's special effects, rendering them a little 'nostalgic'. On the other hand, Michael Crichton's story is completely timeless and as intriguing as it was 40 years ago. A minor classic in the genre of 70's science fiction.
November 8, 2009
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