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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 192
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 152

Heavy on special effects, but without a coherent story at its base, The Day the Earth Stood Still is subpar re-imagining of the 1951 science-fiction classic.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 41

Heavy on special effects, but without a coherent story at its base, The Day the Earth Stood Still is subpar re-imagining of the 1951 science-fiction classic.



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In this contemporary reinvention of the 1951 science fiction classic, renowned scientist Dr. Helen Benson finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu, who travels across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. When forces beyond Helen's control treat the extraterrestrial as a hostile and deny his request to address the world's leaders, she and her estranged stepson Jacob quickly discover the deadly ramifications of Klaatu's claim that he is "a friend to the Earth." Now


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Apr 7, 2009


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The special effects in 1951 were hokey fun. Here, in the first half of the movie anyway, they are hokey but they aren't fun.

December 15, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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The remake of that fine old fifties alien-invasion picture The Day the Earth Stood Still comes to a standstill about an hour before the Earth does in the wilds of New Jersey.

December 15, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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What a ridiculous movie.

December 15, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (2)
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One can only hope that in the future [Reeves] will devote himself to playing androids, less-self-aware species of undead, stylish pieces of contemporary furniture, and other roles that do not require the exhibition of any recognizably human traits.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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You'll be doing yourself a huge favor if you go into this movie with lowered expectations.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Solemn, sober and efficient, The Day the Earth Stood Still gets the job done and moves on.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (6)
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The Day The Earth Stood Still is a missed opportunity for sure - you'll leave the cinema not enlightened or entertained, but wondering just how mankind's last stand could wind up being so fatally underwhelming.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

The world doesn't actually stand still. The corners of Keanu Reeves' mouth, his eyebrows and most of his other facial features, however, remain motionless for almost two hours.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

As a flashy big-budget distraction, Stood Still is adequate overall -- rarely above, occasionally below -- and often familiar in its spectacle.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Robert Wise's original is well served by 20th Century Fox's popcorny but respectful update, a sturdy, entertaining sci-fi actioner.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Comments (2)

Now we know what happens when the Earth slows below 55 mph and stands still.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

An entirely unnecessary and unremarkable remake.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Those next to me in the cinema staring blankly at the screen gave a remarkably similar performance to that of Reeves without even being aware of it.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

About 20 minutes in The Day the Earth Stood Still -- well, the movie stood still and never moved.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source:

It's just like us to be arrogant enough to believe, like Marvell's coy mistress, that our cherry is the ripest for busting of the lot.

June 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The movie has the air of missed opportunity about it - but as reimaginings go, it's no global disaster.

May 12, 2009 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

It's all just two hours of pure monotony with CGI not even up to par in what should be considered a remake featuring state of the art effects.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

More of a mess than the pleasant surprise one might have hoped. [Blu-ray]

April 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

The sort of movie that will do a perfectly acceptable job of filling an evening that otherwise might be empty (or, God forbid %u2013 one that cries out for reading a good book).

April 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Sincere attempt ... to make a poignant blockbuster that will satisfy an audience used to the very different creative prerogatives that surge through Hollywood today.

April 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Comment (1)
Paste Magazine

It's never explained what formulated the inter-galactic environmental police in the first place. But, then, in Sci-fi, there are certain places you just can't go.

April 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Has a simplistic environmental concern, presented with sensationalist sensibilities and, perhaps worse, given an even more simplistic resolution.

March 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

The perfect example of not only how NOT to remake a classic, but the perfect example of why classics shouldn't be remade in the first place. Clunky, cumbersome and completely crappy.

March 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

A highly entertaining and gripping sci-fi thriller with brains.

January 31, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Comments (8)
NYC Movie Guru

Reeves surpreende ao funcionar muito bem como substituto de Rennie, mas o frágil roteiro, os efeitos visuais apenas adequados e todas as cenas envolvendo Jaden Smith comprometem bastante o resultado final.

January 20, 2009
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January 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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Audience Reviews for The Day the Earth Stood Still

three stars
December 28, 2012
MisterYoda ?

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"Change his mind. Not with reason, but with yourself."

A mysterious alien presence arrives on earth, causing chaos, confusion, and many questions. Primarily, why is it here? Is this humanity's hour of judgment, or salvation?

I really don't know how I found The Day The Earth Stood Still to be bearable enough to finish. It's clunky, often boring, and heavy-handed in a way that good science fiction never is. The worst flaws are the script and dialogue, which are simply terrible. Poor Jennifer Connelly often looks like she can't believe the words that are coming out of her mouth, and the other actors don't have it any better. I like Keanu Reaves, but here he is somehow still too stiff and emotionless for a character that's SUPPOSED to be stiff and emotionless.

Dull subplots focusing on annoying characters somehow make an already boring movie even worse. There's really not even an memorable action or special effects scenes to make things interesting, even briefly. There's no emotion here, no excitement, nothing to engage the viewer. The Day the Earth Stood Still is just an empty experience.
March 27, 2012

Super Reviewer

awful. absolutely awful...
"Now, please; tell me why have you come to our planet?" *Keanu Reeves turns his flat and expressionless face towards the speaker* "Your planet? It is not."
March 8, 2012
Albert Kim

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    1. Professor Barnhardt: It's only at the precipice that we change.
    – Submitted by Sidney L (2 years ago)
    1. Helen Benson: National security? Well that just means whatever you want it to mean.
    – Submitted by Geoff T (2 years ago)
    1. Klaatu: Your planet?
    2. Regina Jackson: Yes, this is our planet.
    3. Klaatu: No, it is not.
    – Submitted by Geoff T (2 years ago)
    1. Helen Benson: Have you done your homework?
    2. Jacob Benson: School's canceled on account of the aliens.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Helen Benson: I need to know what's happening.
    2. Klaatu: This planet is dying. The human race is killing it.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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