District 9 Reviews

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Top Critic
Tom Charity
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
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
August 25, 2014
One of the sharpest pieces of sci-fi since Star Trek kicked off the season.
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
Ali Gray
September 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 5/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 26, 2012
Despite its shortcomings, District 9 is an engaging sci-fi romp that features solid CGI work.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 29, 2011
District 9 has the potential to satisfy two mutually exclusive groups of bottom-feeding moviegoers.
Joshua Starnes
March 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 8/10
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