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District 9 Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

If the basic idea is provocative, District 9 never lives up to the promise of its allegorical freight.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago

August 4, 2013
Chris Stamm
Willamette Week

District 9's skid into rote convention is matched by a retreat from the documentary conceit that so expertly delivered us into this strange world in the first place.

Full Review Source: Willamette Week

August 4, 2013
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

This stunning mindbender of a movie attempts to prove that science fiction can handle the heftiest allegorical payloads, even the appalling shame of apartheid.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

August 4, 2013
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Every once in a great while -- perhaps only a handful of times each decade -- that rare film comes completely out of left field to let us know that there are still some original ideas out there, and that cinema can still be fresh and exciting.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

August 4, 2013
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

Ghee whiz, how abusive can you get with a movie camera?

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 2/4

June 29, 2013
Will Leitch
Deadspin

This is an excellent idea searching for a film worthy of it. This ain't it.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C+

June 22, 2013
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk

Smart, funny, touching, thought-provoking and utterly insane in the action department, District 9 is 2009's most entertaining movie by a light year.

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 5/5

September 29, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Despite its shortcomings, District 9 is an engaging sci-fi romp that features solid CGI work.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

February 26, 2012
Neil Pond
American Profile

A rocking, rolling action drama about alien castaways that just want to go home, an evil corporation that wants to capitalize on them at any cost, and one man who freakishly gets caught in the middle.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 4/5

September 29, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

District 9 has the potential to satisfy two mutually exclusive groups of bottom-feeding moviegoers.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 29, 2011
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

District 9 isn't without its rough edges. It's a bit obvious and doesn't take as full advantage of its premise as it could. But it's also a visually spectacular and cares mostly about its characters, and that's a rare thing in film today.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 8/10

March 18, 2011
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Part alien invasion flick, part social commentary, Neill Blomkamp's chilling, thrilling District 9 is a wholly original work. And it features a star-making turn from Sharlto Copley.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 14, 2011
Don Groves
sbs.com.au

Aliens clash with humans in combustible sci-fier.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 3, 2011
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

Although the film is dripping in satire, Blomkamp is more concerned with delivering a balls-to-the-wall action film. District 9 has more in common with Aliens than Babel.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 27, 2010
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

The most audacious, auspicious sci-fi debut in years, Neill Blomkamp's modest-budget "District 9" throws together xenophobic satire, political allegory and raucous action in a knockabout package reminiscent of Paul Verhoeven's finest work.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

District 9 is the most original, innovative and entertaining science-fiction film in years and contains the best mix of politics and spectacle since Starship Troopers.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Best when it operates as yarn rather than as social commentary, even if it is filled with logical inconsistencies.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

June 15, 2010
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Screw Avatar - this is what people will think of when they talk about science fiction at the end of the aughts.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth

March 6, 2010

While the ambitious narrative bites off far more than can be satisfactorily chewed and digested, the fantastic ride through what must be a completely fictional world (right?) is worth a view.

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 10, 2010
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com

While Blomkamp's disturbing thriller does have a semi-revelatory ending, the real secret is that District 9, for all its pomp and circumstance, is no more than a decent but scrappy science fiction flick.

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 6, 2010
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