Earth to Echo (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Earth to Echo (2014)



Critic Consensus: Earth to Echo doesn't do itself any favors by beggaring comparison to E.T., but for younger viewers, it should prove a reasonably entertaining diversion.

Movie Info

In Relativity's PG summer family adventure movie, Tuck, Munch and Alex are a trio of inseparable friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they team up with another school friend, Emma, and set out to look for the source of their phone signals. What they discover is something beyond their wildest imaginations: a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. In need of their help, the four friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home. This journey, full of wonder and adventure, is their story, and their secret. (c) Relativitymore
Rating: PG (for some action and peril, and mild language)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Henry Gayden
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 20, 2014
Relativity Media - Official Site


as Tuck
Jason Gray-Stanford
as Dr. Lawrence Madsen
Alga Smith
as Marcus Simms/Constru...
Cassius Willis
as Calvin Simms
Sonya Leslie
as Theresa Simms
Kerry O'Malley
as Janice Douglas
Peter Mackenzie
as James Hastings
Valerie Wildman
as Christina Hastings
Roger Hewlett
as Construction Worker ...
Mary Pat Gleason
as Dusty (Mullet Lady a...
Marilyn Giacommazzi
as Bar Patron #2
Frank Lloyd
as Bar Patron #3
Chris Wylde
as Security Guard
Brooke Dillman
as Diner Waitress
Michael Watford
as Blake Douglas
Tiffany Espensen
as Charlie (School Frie...
Israel Broussard
as Cameron (Kid that Pu...
Sara Arrington
as Munch's Mother's Fri...
Arthur Darbinyan
as Pawn Shop Owner
Michael Merrins
as Truck Driver
Sean B. Carroll
as Podcast Voice
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Critic Reviews for Earth to Echo

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (31)

The mildewed found-footage technique allows some tension to build from offscreen action, but also renders the knockoff John Williams score inexplicable.

Full Review… | December 3, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Whenever Echo is sticking to the kids and their camaraderie, it mostly works as intended.

Full Review… | March 26, 2016
The Film Stage

Clichéd and predictable it may all be, there is no denying the infectious quality of pure optimism.

Full Review… | April 2, 2015

Sad to say it is not even this generation's 'Short Circuit.' Families deserve much better entertainment at the movie theater, summer or otherwise.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

All in all, "Earth to Echo" is passable family entertainment, neither unforgettable nor particularly bad.

Full Review… | August 23, 2014
The Playlist

It has a good young cast, some occasionally dazzling special effects and a message that even when growing friends grow move apart it's not the end of their own little world.

Full Review… | August 8, 2014
Birmingham Mail

Audience Reviews for Earth to Echo


Mixing "The Goonies" with "E.T." is definitely an intriguing idea, but so many films use the found footage style these days, and they all seem the same, which is one aspect I think "Earth to Echo" did not need. These four kids all worked great together, but due to the fact that the found footage style is probably difficult for them to work with, it did feel like they were acting and not trying quite hard enough at times. If you can look past the similarities to older classic films of the like, you may find yourself loving this picture. I can't say that I loved "Earth to Echo," but I accepted it for what it was, and it is a very enjoyable film that is well handled in almost every way and I will definitely be watching it again. I was really looking forward to this film and hoping that is would surprise me and go beyond my expectations, and did it? Well no, but I got exactly what I hoped for. "Earth to Echo" is a well-crafted kids found footage film that any age can enjoy. You do not need to rush out and see it, but I definitely recommend a watch, especially to fans of the genre.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


E.T. meets The Blair Witch, meets The Goonies in the bizarre family film Earth to Echo. The story follows a group of kids who are losing their homes to a land developer and decide to spend their last night together following a mysterious map that's been sent to their phones by an alien life-form who needs their help. Unfortunately the performances aren't very good, which makes it difficult to get invested in the characters. And the found-footage conceit doesn't work; as the whole thing feels especially contrived. Still, the storytelling is able to build some intrigue and does a few interesting things with its alien design/technology. Also, the CGI and special effects help to create impressive visual sequences that add some wonder to the adventure. But in the end, Earth to Echo is an underwhelming film that doesn't really go anywhere.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Not much redeeming for adults, this film is nonetheless terribly creative and should be viewed by imaginative children.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Earth to Echo Quotes

Tuck: Having a friend light years away taught us that distance is just a state of mind.
– Submitted by Trina B (23 months ago)
Tuck: Did your phone barf?
– Submitted by Trina B (23 months ago)

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