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The Invasion

The Invasion (2007)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 161
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 130

The Invasion is slickly made, but it lacks psychological insight and thrills.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 30

The Invasion is slickly made, but it lacks psychological insight and thrills.



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A mysterious, mind-altering epidemic has infected humankind, and when a Washington, D.C. psychiatrist discovers that the outbreak seems to be extraterrestrial in origin, she struggles to save her son from infection in this sci-fi thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, and directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Das Experiment). The space shuttle has crashed, and investigators assigned to explore the wreckage have found something unimaginable in the debris -- something from the deepest


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Dave Kajganich

Jan 29, 2008


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All Critics (170) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (130) | DVD (27)

It falls far short as an effective sci-fi thriller, not to mention the brainy political allegory it's determined to be.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Slate
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There's much to recommend here. But there are too many inconsistencies.

August 20, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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The latest and lamest version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers might have been an accidental camp classic if its politics weren't so abhorrent and the movie didn't try to hide its ineptitude behind a veil of pomposity.

August 17, 2007 | Comments (2)
New York Times
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Nicole Kidman's character struggles to stay awake -- as will the audience.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Next time the aliens come invading, they may want to pass the brains, hold the lecture.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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We'll have to wait until the inevitable director's cut DVD to find out what Hirschbiegel really wanted to say. It would have to be a whole lot more interesting than this accidental agit-prop, which equates pacifism with mindlessness.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Even with its flaws The Invasion is still eerie, provocative and a solid showcase for Kidman.

January 24, 2012 Full Review Source:

The Invasion is too solidly crafted to be genuinely bad film, but it completely fails to grip as a thriller.

March 27, 2011 Full Review Source:

As ridiculous as The Invasion gets, its competent acting, fast pace, and campy B-movie vibe keep you weirdly transfixed against your better judgment.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

There are some nice shocks to be had, but not enough to stop viewers from falling asleep, which is ironic considering that staying awake is an essential plot point for Kidman's character.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Shoddy and soulless

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The aliens make it so plainly obvious to their intentions that it'd be ridiculous not to notice what was happening with their landing on Earth...

October 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Taken as a more popcorn-y sci-fi flick with a cool look, a tense, creepy feel, and uncommonly handsome leads giving above-average-for-the-genre performances, however, The Invasion is perfectly entertaining.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source:

There are worse ways to spend an hour and a half than staring mindlessly at a movie's impossibly beautiful cast, but there are plenty of better ones as well.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The Invasion is the fourth and most recent big screen adaptation of Jack Finney's 1955 science fiction novel The Body Snatchers, and hopefully it will be the last.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times
Watertown Daily Times

Fails to live up to its own aspirations, undermined by misguided attempts to enliven the action with car wrecks and explosions.

July 14, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

This has to be the lamest alien invasion movie since the killer tomatoes attacked.

April 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Beyond Hollywood
Beyond Hollywood

The incredibly erratic structure - undoubtedly a result of the notorious reshoots - ultimately dulls the impact of the movie's overtly effective attributes...

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Treat yourself to the Donald Sutherland version, plus, his perm is more frightening than anything that happens in Invasion.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Somewhere in The Invasion is a good movie scratching to get out.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

The Invasion saps all the spirit out of what once was a classic alien saga.

January 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

The Invasion moves in too many conventional directions, its unwillingness to take chances proving its ultimate downfall.

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Reflete a impassividade de seus vilões, já que desenvolve sua narrativa potencialmente tensa de maneira insossa e pouco envolvente.

January 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

The film as a whole is a failure, but additionally, it's also a mess of unedited or badly edited scenes.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Depressing proof of how Hollywood movies have just grown worse since the 1970's . . .

November 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

The Invasion is filled with lapses in logic. Most sense probably was cut during the many re-edits, but there is evidence Dave Kajganich's script had little sense to begin with.

November 1, 2007 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for The Invasion

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers gets an wee tiny transfusion from modern action flicks and you get this typical popcorn munching afternoon at the flickers. Nicky Kidman delivers the usual solid rock of a performance as the center here, and everyone else provides capable support. Not a bore, but nary a surprise as well.
Good munching!
March 14, 2014

Super Reviewer

The Invasion sets up carrying the original premise, but once product placement, modern technology, and different characters get in the way, the premise is all that makes this an identifiable retelling. Psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman) is conducting research on an extraterrestrial epidemic that has suddenly struck her hometown, and begun to spread further. For whatever reason, she feels motivated to stop the virus from taking over the world. Meanwhile, her son (Jackson Bond) has been taken away to her ex-husband Tucker (Jeremy Northam)-who is suffering the mysterious epidemic as well! Trying to discern what reaction the script is intended to draw is nearly impossible. Sci-fi thrillers aren't supposed to make us laugh or roll our eyes at the screen. Screenwriter David Kajganich is a first-timer here; unfortunately, there was no one else to assist him or make the abysmal writing more exciting. It's as if Kajganich has never seen a horror movie, let alone a modern one. Red-flag clichés are as much in plain sight as jewelry when we walk into a jewelry store. It makes the film disastrously obvious.

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September 18, 2012

Super Reviewer

This story catches your attention from the start but little by little ends up getting cliched and the plot just gets weaker by the minute. However, Nicole Kidman is enough to recommend this and also for those who can't miss a sci-fi flick like me.
July 16, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Wendy Lenk: He doesn't love me any more. [in relating how her violent husband has stopped abusing her after being infected by aliens]
    – Submitted by Gregory E (2 years ago)
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