Critic Review - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A film of visual awe, but it's not much of a human story. Close Encounters is a terrific bit of imagineering, but ultimately is a minor work in the Spielberg filmography.

August 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Comments (2)
Sarasota Herald-Tribune


Peter W.

Peter Winters

Its Spielberg's masterpiece moron.

Oct 14 - 09:47 AM

Nick D.

Nick Dolan

Pfft. Please. Jaws, Indy and even Super 8 pack far more of an emotional punch. There's no doubt the special effects and technical achievements, as well as the theme, are astounding, but there are so many useless bits (the extended bit where Dreyfuss steals his neighbors fencing, the laughable romantic scene on the top of the Tower, etc.) that take the place of scenes that should have been much longer and more closely examined (the shining example being the scene in the helicopter where our heroes are trying to convince the others to take off their masks), that when combined with the psychedelic light show that passes for an ending, end up taking away far more than they give. It's almost as if Spielberg overthought this film. Don't get me wrong, I like it a lot, but it's no masterpiece.

Mar 21 - 06:16 PM

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