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District 9 Reviews

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Tom Charity
CNN.com
August 25, 2014
It's a brashly confident debut, full of sharp, inventive detail (the prawns are crazy for cat food) and rooted in a couple of Big Ideas. Well worth the time, if not all of it.
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
August 25, 2014
For a movie rife with violence and disturbing imagery, District 9 has a guiding spirit that's surprisingly sweet and even hokey. But that's part of its charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot
August 25, 2014
Phone home, E.T., and while you're at it, you might ask for extraterrestrial help for the persecuted aliens being evacuated from District 9.
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
August 25, 2014
A smart sci-fi about a group of alien refugees who come to Earth and are imprisoned in an internment camp.
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
August 25, 2014
District 9 made me think, and it made me jump. This cool science-fiction thriller pumps up the tension to wow-factor levels.
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
August 25, 2014
It's too uneven and juvenile to deliver on its ambitions, and could easily be 20 minutes shorter (a dozen fewer shots of CGI goo hitting the lens would have sufficed), but it's ultimately too blazingly unique to not recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Frank
Daily Star
August 25, 2014
This extraordinary science-fiction thriller doesn't settle into a standard Tinseltown orbit. Instead, it sets its astonishing thrills and action in South Africa.
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
August 25, 2014
District 9 is a brave attempt by first-time director Blomkamp and well worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Serba
MLive.com
August 25, 2014
Blomkamp seems to want to invoke the memory of South African apartheid into the confusion, but he doesn't know how. Thus it remains largely a noisy action picture, barely different from all the stuff Hollywood keeps churning out.
Robert Fure
Film School Rejects
August 25, 2014
I applauded the splattergore moments and felt oddly touched by the emotional connection created to the prawns. Go see this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
August 25, 2014
It's remarkable for a first-time feature film director to keep a tight rein on all these elements and meld them with such dynamism and style.
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
August 25, 2014
This remains a textbook example of fantasy cinema's ability to tackle thorny moral issues while splattering the screen with gloopy creature effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
August 25, 2014
District 9 has so much potential and seems ready to engage with so many ideas that it's disappointing when it turns out to be nothing more than a decent action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
August 25, 2014
One of the sharpest pieces of sci-fi since Star Trek kicked off the season.
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
August 4, 2013
If the basic idea is provocative, District 9 never lives up to the promise of its allegorical freight.
Chris Stamm
Willamette Week
August 4, 2013
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.
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 4, 2013
This stunning mindbender of a movie attempts to prove that science fiction can handle the heftiest allegorical payloads, even the appalling shame of apartheid.
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
June 29, 2013
Ghee whiz, how abusive can you get with a movie camera?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
This is an excellent idea searching for a film worthy of it. This ain't it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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