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Outlander (2009)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 39

Schizophrenic in subject and lackluster in execution, Outlander might have trouble finding the cult audience for which it was built.

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 9

Schizophrenic in subject and lackluster in execution, Outlander might have trouble finding the cult audience for which it was built.

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When an extraterrestrial spaceship comes crashing down to Earth during the reign of the Vikings, the Scandinavian plunderers get set to do battle with a most unusual enemy in director Howard McCain's earthbound science fiction thriller. Jim Caviezel, Jack Huston, and Sophia Myles star in a film scripted by director McCain in collaboration with screenwriter Dirk Blackman. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

May 26, 2009

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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (39)

Daft, obvious but hugely enjoyable, 'Outlander' is superior trash.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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An unexpectedly enjoyable science-fiction adventure that should be generating louder fanboy buzz than it has so far.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Outlander is a cheesy, low-budget, space alien Viking monster movie. And seemingly proud of it.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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In its second half, Outlander falls apart completely, becoming nothing but a violent, mindless monster movie along the lines of Alien vs. Predator.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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In Outlander, the nuttiest hunk of junk in many months, Viking warriors and a stoic intergalactic traveler join forces to combat an enormous beetle with whiplash stingers.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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There isn't a single scene in this story about a traveler from another planet who crash-lands on Earth during the Iron Age that doesn't remind you of another, better movie.

January 22, 2009 | Comment (1)
Miami Herald
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Beowulf with aliens and lots of gore, violence.

August 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Outlander is a fluid genre exercise that satisfies cravings for action and Norse mythology in one fell swoop. It's a full-bodied adventure movie that's responsive and reverential to the needs of sci-fi escapism.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Vikings vs. aliens -- Outlander is probably the best possible version of whatever movie you've already made in your head from reading those first three words.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

A mead hall party feels like a Iron Age version of "Cheers," right down to the "Norm!" greeting for one character. It's one of many leaden diversions from what should be a lean, economical, brutal B-movie of aliens, Vikings and alternate timelines.

June 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

This is honestly better than all the big Hollywood blockbusters that have been released so far this summer.

June 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Comments (3)
Montreal Film Journal

...ultimately establishes itself as a fun little endeavor that boasts as irresistible a premise as one could possibly imagine.

May 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

About as subtle as being punched in the face by an angry Norwegian, it delivers everything you could possibly want from a movie about Vikings and alien monsters.

May 27, 2009 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Outlander is a perfectly acceptable mashup of "Alien," "Predator" and just about every Viking flick you've ever seen.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

Most of the time, though, Howard McCain's movie is plain dull.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

The creature is about as convincing as a furry dragon carried through Chinatown.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Stunning special effects and bloody battle sequences make it just the ticket for a popcorn monster fantasy. If you want to engage your brain, best avoid.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Mail [UK] | Comment (1)
Sunday Mail [UK]

As clunky and ineffective as an iron-age weapon on an alien predator's hide, this retro-SF rationalisation of Beowulf could have done with less sword and more pen.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

With plenty of spattered blood and gore and some nice homages to the Beowulf tale the movie isn't without thrills, though its conceptual ambitions are rarely fulfilled in their execution.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Outlandish would have been a better title for a film that's great fun and quite exciting before eventually outstaying its welcome.

April 25, 2009
Heat Magazine

A film version of fish and chips - humble, honest fare that's ludicrous, inventive, gory within limits, and has a cast having so much fun it's hard not to be swept along with them. And besides, you can't have nouvelle cuisine every night of the week.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Sadly, the kooky premise of Outlander solidifies quickly into formula: monster is fought, fair maiden won, kingship gained and past errors redeemed with no real surprises along the way.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

We are now deep, deep, deep into nerd territory, so deep you will get a nosebleed in your diving suit.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

As the ginger offspring of a Ridley Scott/Peter Jackson gangbang, Outlander is a wannabe B movie classic that's so shit, it's just... shit!

April 24, 2009
Little White Lies

An excellent creature feature. A B movie in the best sense of the word, Outlander could teach many of the so-called summer blockbusters a thing or two about character, story and performance.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: IGN Movies UK
IGN Movies UK

Audience Reviews for Outlander

Taking a strong lead from 'Alien 3' and 'The Relic' methinks with this one, quite a good action flick none the less but it starts out quite drab and lifeless with little on offer.

The cast is lifted with the presence of Hurt and Caviezel is strong as the hero but the rest of the cast can't really compare and come across rather cliched and unoriginal.

Its an odd plot really as it appears to be set way back in time as the hero from another planet crash lands on earth in the year 709AD amongst viking warriors?! Once you overcome that subplot you get a kind of 'Pathfinder' meets 'Highlander' romp which slowly melts into 'The Relic' with a large beastie that moves and see's much like a Giger Alien from 'Alien 3'. One such scene in the caves towards the finale is pretty much a dead ringer for the corridor sequences in Alien 3.

Quite a bit of blood n gore as viking males get torn apart by a reasonable looking alien creature, kinda like a large neon lion with more teeth. Effects are standard CGI fare and nothing special but the flashback sequence to Caviezel's home world is a nice looking animation.

Not bad, good fun with a few flaws and oddities like why the viking folk don't seem too surprised by the strangely dressed short haired stranger in their midst. And why Caviezel's alien species appears to be completely identical to the human race, I guess it could happen perhaps. Its a decent sci-fi/period/monster flick which is worthy of a viewing despite being a complete rip off of various other better sci-fi movies.
June 5, 2014
phubbs1

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A technologically advanced race crash lands in Norway in the time of the Vikings and the survivor must make his way amongst that notoriously bloodthirsty lot, but that's not the big problem. The big problem was that the ship carried a voracious badass predator beastie from another world and now its loose. An interesting low tech sci-fi with Viking style blood and guts and viscera.
May 20, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

An alien spaceship crash lands in 8th century Norway where the surviving passenger Jim Caviezel must join forces with the local inhabitants to destroy a vicious monster he unwittingly brought with him. Alien 3 gets medieval on our asses in this deeply silly variation on Beowulf. The idea of Vikings vs aliens seems pretty irresistable (hey, I liked Reign Of Fire...) and these kind of daft sci-fi B movies can be great fun if done with self awareness and a sense of humour. Unfortunately Outlander has neither. Caviezel's so-called character is sketched purely in the form of clumsy flashbacks to the ubiquitous murdered family, and in the land of the Vikings he finds a fiery princess to impress, an orphaned boy to adopt and a local warrior to butt heads and bond with while they hunt down the inevitably computer generated beast. The fact that he is from outer space is pretty much ignored and virtually irrelevant to the cliche riddled plot and the feeble attempt at providing depth and moralisation goes nowhere. Quite why Caviezel, Perlman and especially John Hurt got involved with this straight to DVD standard tosh is a mystery; if I ever meet him I will be torn between shaking his hand for a lifetime of cinematic achievement and demanding two hours of my life back for duping me into sitting through this steaming pile of Norse manure.
October 26, 2010
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