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Cocoon (1985)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 5

Though it may be too sentimental for some, Ron Howard's supernatural tale of eternal youth is gentle and heartwarming, touching on poignant issues of age in the process.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

Though it may be too sentimental for some, Ron Howard's supernatural tale of eternal youth is gentle and heartwarming, touching on poignant issues of age in the process.



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Cocoon is a warm-hearted science-fiction fable that avoids becoming overly corny thanks to the performances of its mostly senior cast. Wilford Brimley, Don Ameche, and Hume Cronyn are three old-timers who sneak out of their retirement home a few days a week to swim in the large pool on an abandoned estate next door. When the threesome begins to feel curiously younger, they discover strange pods on the floor of the pool. These pods are alien cocoons, which are being pulled from the ocean by a


Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Jun 1, 2004

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (5) | DVD (12)

An amiable, life-affirming fantasy-comedy about the rejuvenation of crotchery oldsters whose main distinction is offering roles to senior actors like Don Ameche (who won an Oscar), Hume Cronyn, and Jessica Tandy

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Cocoon weaves a mesmerizing tale.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Director Ron Howard brings a quality of gentleness and whimsy to the performances, but basically this is a highly calculated project brought in by those two old pros, producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
Chicago Reader
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Essentially, this is sci-fi with a heart, albeit one made entirely of cheese.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It has no real competition as this season's reigning fairy tale.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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... much of the beauty of Cocoon... has to do with its deft, loving observation of the things of this Earth.

March 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

Sex talk, language make iconic '80s sci-fi better for teens.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A gentle and effective heart-tugger.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Poignant tale: To Age or Not to Age, That is the Question.

March 30, 2005

A funny, tender and touching sci-fi drama, Cocoon is a movie for all generations.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A splendid combo of grand peformances and expert direction

July 11, 2003

Am I the only one who thinks the aliens ate all those folks they spirited away?

May 12, 2003 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Boring, sentimental crap made better by the inferior sequel.

November 22, 2002 | Comment (1)
Juicy Cerebellum

Sure it's all precious and Hallmark-y, but Cocoon is still good, heartwarming fun.

July 26, 2002

This is one of those movies that leaves one with a warm glowing feeling after leaving the cinema.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Audience Reviews for Cocoon

I'm really surprised this isn't as well known as other, similar films like Close Encounters, as this is a cutesy and heart warming story of not only growing up, but growing old. A great cast that carries the piece very well and makes you want to run up and hug them. To top it off, it has an amazing and satisfying end.
November 2, 2012

Super Reviewer

This 1980s sci-fi comedy doesn't really try to make you think it could be about a deadly alien invasion or serious threats to our old-timer protagonists. It is just trying to have a good time with the idea of a few elderly people feeling young again thanks to the cocoons retrieved from the bottom of the sea and stored in a pool. Of course things get exciting anyway, as the keepers of the cocoons are trying to take them home into space. It is still a feel-good movie through and through. In its best moments it oozes the same kind of movie magic that made the Spielberg films of the era so special. In its less outstanding scenes, the film drags on a little and some parts just didn't age that well. That doesn't change the fact that it is fun to witness the charming cast's adventure even after all those years.
January 25, 2012

Super Reviewer

Magical and underrated, this wonderful sci-fi story still gives me goosebumps. I know many don't love it as much as I do, but there's just something about it that has me captivated every time. One thing is the amazing music score, which some of you may note has been re-employed in the trailers for J.J Abrams' Super 8. Another is the cast, who are all very endearing in the characters they portray. Finally, I'd also like to give credit to the special effects team, who really did the best job possible with the technology available at the time. The ending especially is quite spectacular. Not a film for everyone, but in my book it counts as one of the best "alien visitation" films ever made. A delightful, although bittersweet experience, that has truly stood the test of time.
June 12, 2011
Mike S

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Wait, a second...old people want to go to outer space why? I didn't get this movie at all.
January 20, 2011

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    1. Walter: I spent five years in the Nam! Wait! No I didn't. But wait! I did! No, I didn't.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (13 months ago)
    1. Ben Luckett: [stepping into the freezing cold pool] Whoa, that'll make your ol' ball sack shrivel up.
    – Submitted by David B (2 years ago)
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