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It Came from Outer Space

It Came from Outer Space (1953)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 5

It Came From Outer Space is a pulpy-but-effective psychological sci-fi picture, with a provocative message about xenophobia.

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Critic Reviews: 4
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It Came From Outer Space is a pulpy-but-effective psychological sci-fi picture, with a provocative message about xenophobia.

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It Came From Outer Space is one of a handful of science fiction films from the 1950s that plays as well today as it did on its original release, this despite the fact that its original 3-D elements seem to be lost. It was also the first science fiction effort of director Jack Arnold, and one of three excellent 3-D features that he made (the others were Creature From the Black Lagoon and Revenge of the Creature) during that format's short-lived history. It was also, along with The Incredible

May 21, 2002

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (5) | DVD (16)

Picture has been smartly fashioned to take advantage of all the tricks of science-fiction and 3-D.

May 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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[A] scary black-and-white SF effort from 1953.

May 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Merely mildly diverting, not stupendous.

October 31, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The 3-D process leaves the image somewhat murky, but you can discern sparks of authentic pulp poetry throughout.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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If anything, a modern vantage point reaffirms how devastatingly the film hits the nail on the head.

October 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
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Despite the lurid title and the involvement of several genre regulars, It Came from Outer Space is hardly a typical 'Fifties sci-fi movie.

March 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Among top five of 1950s sci-fi classics, starring great effects along with Richard Carlson.

March 22, 2008
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One of the better science-fiction films to come out of the Cold War 50s, this one must be counted among the anti-McCarthy statements.

May 29, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Conta com uma temática rica que, ao contrário de boa parte de seus contemporâneos, usa os alienígenas não como metáfora para a ameaça comunista, mas para condenar o preconceito.

July 14, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Good, old-fashioned drive-in fun.

October 23, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Surprisingly good '50s alien invasion flick with giant eyeballs -- maintains its charm despite the lack of 3-D effects on most video copies.

February 2, 2003
New Times

predates the paranoia trope made so popular in 1956's Invasion of the Body Snatchers about what is human and what is alien.

June 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Serling observed that for as lovely as Bradbury was to read, his prose proved nearly impossible to say.

May 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The hokey "xenomorphs" would egregiously emphasize the film's subtle indictment of human prejudice.

May 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

While It Came from Outer Space's theme is a refreshing change of pace from the doomsaying brethren of its era, its appearance is not.

May 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It was one of the first major-studio 3-D productions of the 1950s, and is based on a story by Ray Bradbury called "The Meteor."

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for It Came from Outer Space

Now this is a pretty good Chiller Theater / Drive In Movie, one that has gotten by me all these years. Put out by Universal Pictures International it ranks as high as any SCi Fi Film from the fifties that I have ever seen. Brian Kerwin plays Jack Putnam who see's what at first he thinks is a meteor but turns out to be a UFO that has landed on earth, when he goes to the crash site he thinks he sees invaders from another planet. So starts the story where no one believes him, but the invaders are taking over the appearances of towns folks. A good old black and white worth 4 stars.
September 29, 2011
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Bruce Bruce

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I love old 50's sci-fi movies. This is a good one although I've never understood why Kathleen Hughes was on the posters, she's in it for 30 seconds and her character never encounters an Alien! Never mind, this is a good film, directed by the brilliant Jack Arnold.
October 1, 2009
SirPant

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Classic monster flick penned by Ray Bradbury that's a cut above the usual 50s sci-fi fare. Strange how all scientists in the 50s were perfectly coiffed square-jawed americans in zoot suits...
April 8, 2007
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Camp fun and to tell you the truth,this almost cheesy but with the utmost suspense little b-movie manages to finish first in the line of fiery Academy nominated or even winning films.Blunt,"offensive" against human nature,the film Ed Wood would wish to successfully direct.
September 18, 2008
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