The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)



Critic Consensus: 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 Helen must find a way to convince the entity who was sent to destroy us that mankind is worth saving--but it may be too late. The process has begun.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some sci-fi disaster images and violence)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Edmund H. North, David Scarpa
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 7, 2009
Box Office: $79.1M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Jennifer Connelly
as Helen Benson
Jon Hamm
as Dr. Granier
John Cleese
as Prof. Barnhardt
Kyle Chandler
as John Driscoll
James Hong
as Mr. Wu
John Rothman
as Dr. Myron
Brandon T. Jackson
as Target Tech
Juan Riedinger
as William Kwan
Alisen Down
as Laptop Woman
Lloyd Adams
as Agent Driver
Daniel Bacon
as Winslow
Kurt Max Runte
as Civil Engineer
Kurt Max Runte
as Civil Engineer
David Lewis
as Plainclothes Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Day the Earth Stood Still

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (46)

Poor Keanu Reeves. Imagine taking the role of an emotionless extra terrestrial, and having people applaud such ingenious casting.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2011
American Profile

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

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

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

Full Review… | October 9, 2009

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

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Florida Times-Union

Audience Reviews for The Day the Earth Stood Still

I really have to say I liked this movie enough to not pan it like a lot of people. It wasnt horrible, had some really good special effects and had its nice preachy sci fi meaning. So overall not to bad for a couples hours of popcorn fare.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

three stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer


"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.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

The Day the Earth Stood Still Quotes

Professor Barnhardt: It's only at the precipice that we change.
– Submitted by Sidney L (4 years ago)
Helen Benson: National security? Well that just means whatever you want it to mean.
– Submitted by Geoff T (4 years ago)
Klaatu: Your planet?
Regina Jackson: Yes, this is our planet.
Klaatu: No, it is not.
– Submitted by Geoff T (4 years ago)
Helen Benson: Have you done your homework?
Jacob Benson: School's canceled on account of the aliens.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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