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Extraterrestrial (2012)


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 18
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 2,293




Movie Info

When Julio wakes up in a strange apartment after a night of partying, he's pleasantly surprised to discover it belongs to a beautiful one-night-stand he can't remember - Julia. What's already an awkward situation is made even more so when they discover a giant flying saucer hovering above the city, which is now deserted. Now Julio must contend with a jealous ex-boyfriend, an eccentric neighbor - and very possibly the end of the world! -- (C) Focus

Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Nacho Vigalondo
In Theaters:
Jul 17, 2012
Focus World - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Extraterrestrial

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (8)

It's easy to settle in for the oddball charms of this tale of love among the ruins.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A bone-dry and nearly pitch-perfect combo of romantic comedy, absurdist farce and alien-invasion drama...

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
Top Critic

A tiresome roundelay of lies, lust and leaping paranoia.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

As comedies go, it's as dry as bleached bones in the desert, but you can't blame Vigalondo for taking another shot at cleverness.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

There is originality, certainly. But Vigalondo teased us with the moon and the stars, and delivered only the terrestrial.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Top Critic

Quirky, but infinitely more interesting than big-budget Hollywood cousins.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Few alien invasion films are this charming, this witty, and this free of aliens.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Grolsch Film Works

Extraterrestrial comes out of left field with characteristic charm and unexpected plotlines, but it delights nonetheless.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
We Got This Covered

"Extraterrestrial" becomes a comedy of one-lie-after-another. And, a great deal of it is funny/interesting enough to keep you locked into the story, even as you wait and wait and wait for the aliens TO DO SOMETHING.

Full Review… | August 15, 2012
Movie Chambers

Vigalondo makes the most of a handful of locations while bouncing romantic farce off a (largely unseen) world-changing event.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012

If Extraterrestrial is to explore what might be called Third Wheel Syndrome, Vigalondo needed to bring greater tension to the romantic triangle than what exists.

Full Review… | July 22, 2012
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Never quite the feature most will expect it to be, Extraterrestrial is a charming submission of low-fi scripting, using a colossal development in universal happenings to reinforce the quirks and hazards of love.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012

On the whole, Extraterrestrial is slight, filled with lots of bark but little bite.

Full Review… | July 13, 2012
Austin Chronicle

If you only see one film this month about characters seeking a friend for the end of the world, this is the more charming of the two.

Full Review… | July 11, 2012
Orlando Weekly

Even though it's not entirely successful, there is an undeniably oddball charm on display.

Full Review… | June 16, 2012
Aisle Seat

Vigalondo's interest in the invasion extends only so far as it works to isolate his characters and force them into interaction.

Full Review… | June 16, 2012
Film School Rejects

Diverting trifle of romantic misunderstandings in Madrid, under the shadow of an apparently benign spaceship occupation, never gathers steam nor finds a consistent tone.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Film Journal International

Guided by director Nacho Vigalondo's understated wit, the story never adheres to expectations.

Full Review… | June 12, 2012

Audience Reviews for Extraterrestrial


"How big is it?"
"Four miles wide!"

Everyone knows what to do if one morning the sky would be absolutely full of UFOs: run as fast as you can. However, what would happen if the invasion started while you are in the flat of the girl of your dreams, the one you have just met?

A low key, sci-fi romantic comedy from "Timecrimes" director Nacho Vigalondo, "Extraterrestrial" is about a girl (Julia) and a guy (Julio) who engage in a one night stand, only to wake up the next day and discover an ominous looking spacecraft hovering above the city. Stuck with each other and nowhere else to go, the UFO becomes the least of their worries when Julia's boyfriend comes into the picture to make things more awkward for all three of them. For anyone expecting this to be a Hollywood-type alien invasion film, you will be sorely disappointed because the film mostly focuses on the three main characters (and one nosey neighbor) and the weird, sexual politics they're all caught up in. The sci-fi part is mostly backdrop and looking at the overall picture, is mostly inconsequential to the main narrative drive of the film. The cast do a stand up job of riffing off with each other and Vigalondo's painfully dry humor (and the comedy gold that is mined from a hilariously awkward situation) is brimming with character and charisma that bounces off the four corners of the apartment from the which the story mostly takes place in. A minimalist, very cheeky sci-fi comedy, but also an astute observation on human behavior, "Extraterrestrial" is understated brilliance, its out of this world.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer


"Extraterrestrial" starts with Julio(Julian Villagran) waking up in an unfamiliar bed, staring at a bra that does not belong to him. That's because it belongs to Julia(Michelle Jenner), as does the bed and apartment where they disagree over what exactly happened the night before. What they can agree on is the present where they find they have no cell phone service, internet or television reception, probably due to the honking big flying saucer downtown whose arrival they missed due to oversleeping, along with the resultant evacuation. But they are not alone as Julia's neighbor Angel(Carlos Areces) has stuck around, too. And then Julio finds out the hard way that Julia has a boyfriend, Carlos(Raul Cimas).

I think there is a good deal to admire about the offbeat movie "Extraterrestrial," assuming one is looking in the right direction and ignores the four mile wide spaceship in the room. Granted it is an approach that might drive many viewers to chocolate but then they would miss the movie's neat insights into the nature of relationships, including one character in a moment of clarity and brutal honesty saying one thing so perceptive that I wonder why nobody has expressed it before. At the same time, the movie can be just as subtle in how we got here. In any case, I am left wondering what those visitors to this planet make of us poor deluded earthlings.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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