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The Invasion (2007)

The Invasion


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

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

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 31

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


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 235,669


Movie Info

'"The Invasion" tells the story of a mysterious epidemic that alters the behavior of human beings. When a Washington D.C. psychiatrist discovers the epidemic's origins are extraterrestrial, she must fight to protect her son, who may hold the key to stopping the escalating invasion.

PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images and terror)
Mystery & Suspense , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Dave Kajganich
In Theaters:
Jan 29, 2008
Box Office:
Warners Bros. Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for The Invasion

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (40) | 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.

Full Review… | August 25, 2007
Top Critic

There's much to recommend here. But there are too many inconsistencies.

August 20, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Opting for car chases instead of the thought-provoking ideas of its predecessors, the film looks like the work of, if not pod people, folks who gave up any kind of passion for the material long before the cameras started to roll.

Full Review… | August 17, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

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
New York Times
Top Critic

Nicole Kidman's character struggles to stay awake -- as will the audience.

Full Review… | August 17, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

Next time the aliens come invading, they may want to pass the brains, hold the lecture.

Full Review… | August 17, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

Even with its flaws The Invasion is still eerie, provocative and a solid showcase for Kidman.

Full Review… | January 24, 2012

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

Full Review… | March 27, 2011

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Shoddy and soulless

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

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...

Full Review… | October 6, 2008
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.

Full Review… | August 27, 2008

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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2008
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.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Watertown Daily Times

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

Full Review… | July 14, 2008

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

Full Review… | April 19, 2008
Beyond Hollywood

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

Full Review… | April 10, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
The Scorecard Review

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2008
Colorado Springs Gazette

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

Full Review… | January 30, 2008
Washington Times

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

Full Review… | January 17, 2008
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | January 16, 2008
Cinema em Cena

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

Full Review… | November 8, 2007
Entertainment Insiders

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

Full Review… | November 5, 2007
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.

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

Audience Reviews for The Invasion

I enjoyed this and thought Kidman and Craig did a good job. This is the third or fourth version of this story and while not the best I would say its not he worst. I liked the changes and thought the very beginning of the film, prob the first whole half wa good as the aliens took over and Kidmans character slowly learned the trurth. The second half goes to action oriented and takes away some of the thrill but still a decent ride none the less.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


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!

Apeneck Fletcher

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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Alexander Diminiano

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.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

The Invasion Quotes

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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