E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 29, 2015
Captivating, endearingly optimistic and magical at times, Steven Spielberg's fantasy about a stranded alien from outer space protected by three kids until it can arrange for passage home is certain to capture the imagination of the world's youth.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
June 29, 2015
What's perhaps most amazing about E.T., what distinguishes it from many of the other fantasy films of its era, is its ability to put an audience under a spell of childlike wonderment without infantilizing it.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 29, 2015
Spielberg's direction and Melissa Mathison's script never lose sight of the realistic, low center of gravity world of childhood, in which such marvelous adventures happen every day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 29, 2015
It holds up beautifully.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
June 29, 2015
There are many big moments in E.T., but also plenty of magical small ones that make it work after all these years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alexander Walker
This is London
June 19, 2015
My heart still soars as Elliott goes airborne and pedals across the face of an impossibly full harvest moon on his bike.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
June 19, 2015
The movie is emotionally tumultuous and evenhanded and serene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
June 19, 2015
It is a hugely enjoyable romp, but compellingly spiked throughout with little stabs of anxiety.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
June 19, 2015
Time has done little to diminish the power of E.T.'s signature moments.
David Stratton
sbs.com.au
June 19, 2015
The film is full of funny scenes and magical moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 19, 2015
Though marred by Spielberg's usual carelessness with narrative points, the film alternates sweetness and sarcasm with enough rhetorical sophistication to be fairly irresistible.
Glenn Dunks
Quickflix
May 20, 2014
E.T. remains Spielberg's finest demonstration of his ability to merge the feelings of suburban dissatisfaction - alienation, if you will - that permeates a lot of his work, with a unique sense of childhood wonder and imagination
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
August 4, 2013
It is the kind of film that young people are going to want to see again immediately after they've seen it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
August 4, 2013
This is a special, delightful adventure, in which Spielberg manages not only to entertain young children but also reach out to the child in all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
August 4, 2013
You're still gonna need those tissues.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
August 4, 2013
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial still evokes laughter, tears and that heart-lifting surge of joy only a great movie can bring.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 4, 2013
Unchecked goodness has its price, after all, and childhood wonder wouldn't be nearly as sweet if it didn't fade. That may explain the film's appeal. It trapped that feeling, and its sense of possibility, in amber -- then, now, and for any time.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 19, 2012
among all that corniness, there's a great little movie
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
September 27, 2012
...a celebration of kid culture from a time when fun meant riding your bike and playing D&D with your friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
June 11, 2012
It makes us believe in magic again even as grizzled, cynical adults.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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