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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Reviews

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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
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[Spielberg's] new movie is richer and more ambitious than Jaws, and it reaches the viewer at a far more profound level than Star Wars.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 22, 2014

Total Film

[The film features] some of the most heartstopping sights in popular cinema.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

August 22, 2014
Gary Arnold
Washington Post
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It must weather some bummy mid-passage exposition, but the movie survive its flaws triumphantly, evolving into a uniquely transporting filmgoing spectacle.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 4, 2013
Andrew Collins
Radio Times

The special effects are spectacular, John Williams's score is emotionally charged, nouvelle vague director François Truffaut makes an elegant UFO expert and it's impossible not to get caught up in the protracted climax.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

August 4, 2013


Another classic from Spielberg's most fertile period.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 4, 2013
Josh Larsen

In Spielberg, the cosmic has dinner-table consequences.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 4/4

April 19, 2013
Christopher Lloyd
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.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2011

perhaps, my favourite alien movie ever

| Original Score: 5/5

July 5, 2008
Emanuel Levy

Though made the same year, Spielberg's awe-inspiring sci-fi fable has held much better than Star Wars due to his sublime crafstmanship, which benefits from sharp imagery and F/X, and engaging story and charcaters, well-acted by Richard Dreyfuss and others

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

November 11, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It plays out as a film buff's idea of what a UFO sighting would be like if it could be a cross between a Disney theme park and a 1970s light show at a disco.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

September 13, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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One of the great moviegoing experiences.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

September 8, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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This is dopey Hollywood mysticism all right, but thanks to considerable craft and showmanship, it packs an undeniable punch.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 5, 2007
A.D. Murphy
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A daring film concept which in its special and technical effects has been superbly realized.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 5, 2007
Don Peretta
Time Out
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The first film in years to give its audiences a tingle of shocked emotion that is not entirely based either on fear or on suspense.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

| Original Score: 4/5

April 25, 2005
Scott Weinberg

Spielberg answers the "Are we alone?" question in fine form.

| Original Score: 5/5

April 17, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2004
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

| Original Score: 5/5

May 28, 2004
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

| Original Score: 5/5

March 22, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

December 5, 2003
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