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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 24, 2003
I doubt if the public that fell so much in love with this cute Disney-like tale had looked too deeply at this religious parable and examined how overwrought and crude it really is.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Don McKellar
Village Voice
June 4, 2007
More than the work of any other filmmaker, Spielberg's output seems uniquely designed to induce in me this queasy false-memory syndrome.
David Linck
Boxoffice Magazine
March 24, 2002
Forsaking the overload of special effects and high adventure that marked his previous successes to focus instead on a small story propelled by heart and imagination, Spielberg has made a film that will touch audiences for years to come.
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David Pirie
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Although conclusively demonstrating Spielberg's preeminence as the popular artist of his time, E.T. finally seems a less impressive film than Close Encounters.
Gilbert Adair
Sight and Sound
August 1, 2015
Spielberg would seem to be groping towards a virtual theology of space, space as Heaven, offering solace to a world which has foolishly renounced its traditional God but still aches to extend its own spiritual frontiers.
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
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
June 19, 2015
It is a hugely enjoyable romp, but compellingly spiked throughout with little stabs of anxiety.
Glenn Dunks
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
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 5, 2003
Come 2022, I'm sure I'll be seeing it again with my kids.
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
May 30, 2002
To dismiss an artist the caliber of Spielberg solely on the accusation of treacly sentimentalism is to dismiss the great American poets of our history.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Spielberg left it open for all of us. That's the sign of a great filmmaker: He only explains what he has to explain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
June 4, 2007
On inherent merit, the movie would not warrant such a highly publicized re-release, but this is one of those films that transcends what's on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 23, 2002
This is an outstanding family movie, with themes of loyalty, friendship, trust, and caring. One of the most purely magical scenes in the history of film is when Elliott's bicycle lifts off up into the sky.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
It's a simple beautiful story about loneliness, friendship, and the bittersweet pangs of childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Scott Weinberg
October 29, 2002
Most importantly of all things, the ORIGINAL unaltered, unblemished, and gloriously widescreen 1982 version is included, so all complaints are tempered with a sense of overall satisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 13, 2002
An astonishingly warm and enjoyable family film full of genuine sweetness and heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Boslaugh
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
David Stratton
June 19, 2015
The film is full of funny scenes and magical moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
June 2, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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