District 9 Reviews

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Top Critic
June 17, 2015
The wonder is that despite its obvious roots, District 9 feels staggeringly original.
Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday
June 17, 2015
Blomkamp is good at mustering speedy action and posting grisly sight gags in the background, carnage always hovering comically at the edge of your vision. But I'm not sure that District 9 entirely gets the earthling racism out of its own system.
June 17, 2015
District 9 is almost wholly unique this year in combining fantastic action with thoughtful, narrative filmmaking.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
June 17, 2015
One of the most original, breathtaking and downright electrifying movie experiences of 2009.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Randall King
Winnipeg Free Press
June 17, 2015
A gritty science-fiction film that features a population of humanoid crustacean-alien creatures [that] is far more grounded in reality than any of the current rom-coms currently unspooling in your neighbourhood multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
June 17, 2015
District 9 grabs viewers from first frame to last, not only with viscera but genuine intelligence that's rare in any genre these days.
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Rundle
SciFiNow
June 17, 2015
District 9 will appeal to science-fiction fans, but ultimately disappoint those looking for a deeper exploration of contentious issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
June 17, 2015
District 9 is a dark, surprising, exciting, whip-crack smart sci-fi thriller that grabs you from the beginning and never lets you go.
Robert Horton
HeraldNet (Everett, WA)
June 17, 2015
In using recent political history as the subtext for his story, Blomkamp is following in a long science-fiction tradition: illustrating mankind's persistent stupidity, even after we have supposed learned lessons.
June 17, 2015
In a film season full of bombastic, over-the-top and insultingly stupid fare, District 9 proves that there is still life in the science fiction genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 17, 2015
Good science fiction is always about marrying entertainment with something deeper. District 9's shrewdly constructed story manages to be both plausible and out of this world, with lots of detail and subtle innovative quirks.
Andrew Hedley
Flicks.co.nz
June 17, 2015
First-time director Neil Blomkamp smashes onto the filmmaking scene with his sharply original debut movie, delivering a fast-paced thriller packed full of gags and guts in the manner of his mentor, producer Peter Jackson.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
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
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