Prometheus Reviews

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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
Prometheus is scary only in the sum of instincts and talent for movie-making that have been lost.
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 18, 2012
The movie may be a scare show that leaves many questions unanswered, but Scott's craft earns an exhausted kind of respect.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 8, 2012
Brilliant. Epic. Haunting. Grotesque. Great.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 8, 2012
The setup is familiar-the mysterious planet, the slick tunnels, the shocking bodily violation, the broken quarantine, etc. So why is there a gaping hole where the dread should be?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 8, 2012
Prometheus tells a much bigger story and does it well, but it's missing what matters most. It's inorganic.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 8, 2012
There's definite mastery here, but it's hardly a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
June 8, 2012
Prometheus--like, in its telling, the human race itself--is a creation spliced from the DNA of superior forebears.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 8, 2012
Much like Rutger Hauer's turn as a replicant in Scott's Blade Runner, Fassbender's performance may launch Prometheus into the cult stratosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 8, 2012
I'll say this much for it -- it's not boring.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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William Goss
Film.com
June 8, 2012
Ridley Scott means to bring wonder and horror back to summertime spectacle, and Prometheus mostly succeeds in that regard. (Mostly.)
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 8, 2012
"Prometheus" has the integrity of a serious and sincere attempt, but ultimately it won't please anybody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 8, 2012
With its creepy caves and yawning space, "Prometheus" is on one level a somber dialogue between man the aspirant and man the mortal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 8, 2012
"Prometheus" is genuinely epic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 8, 2012
Visually impressive and featuring one or two breakout performances, this anticlimactic exercise too often plays as though it has been cobbled together from archetypes, imagery and tropes from countless other movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 7, 2012
Prometheus is more interested in piling on big questions than in answering them. It's deep without being particularly smart, although the dazzling design and special effects keep you from noticing that basic flaw until at least an hour in.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 7, 2012
When it comes to technical wizardry and sheer visual spectacle, Prometheus unequivocally delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 7, 2012
If you have fond, 33-year-old memories of averting your young eyes from a propulsive parasite critter, Prometheus might just be your kind of return trip.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 7, 2012
What resonates in Scott's graceful, grownup, pristine film is its majestic mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 7, 2012
This tale of an interstellar search asks cosmic questions about the meaning of life, but comes up with lame answers in a script that screams attention-deficit disorder.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 7, 2012
The ending isn't squishy scary or deeply satisfying. Bummer. Otherwise, Prometheus kicks ass so hard and often that it's impossible not to be thrilled by it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2012
Unlike any of the sequels between it and the original, Prometheus is a horror movie first and foremost, gnawing at subconscious terrors even as your conscious mind attempts to bat it away.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 7, 2012
Scott delivers a visually exquisite, unmissable film that demands and deserves to be seen on the biggest screen available. It is also unforgivably stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 7, 2012
Narratively, it's a mess. There's a through-line Darwinism vs. creationism thing going on that ping-pongs big religious and philosophical ideas, but whiffs the return.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 7, 2012
I saw Prometheus without my trusty guide-wife next to me to describe the creepy stuff yet watched every second of the movie. And not once did I jump out of my skin.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2012
Making up for the expected nature of some of the film's plot twists is Arthur Max's spooky, H.R. Giger-influenced production design, Dariusz Wolski's fluid cinematography, as well as Scott's moment-to-moment storytelling skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 7, 2012
The plot of this Alien prequel was a carefully guarded secret -- so carefully guarded, in fact, that not even the movie reveals it.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 7, 2012
God (or Alien) knows this movie is derivative. But as someone else once said, originality isn't everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 7, 2012
Prometheus is a prequel that works as a stand-alone but offers added benefits to those familiar with the Alien series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 7, 2012
Stripped to its visceral essentials, the franchise is meant to frighten us and gross us out, and Prometheus rises to that modest challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 7, 2012
Aping Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," Scott and his screenwriters have designed this towering puzzle to provoke debate, with liberal allusions to gender, race and religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 7, 2012
An impressive epic about the extraordinary vastness of the universe, and the immense puniness of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 7, 2012
Mr. Scott's sense of visual scale, which has often produced hectic, hectoring grandiosity (are you not entertained?), achieves, especially in the first hour, something like genuine grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
June 7, 2012
While its vast sets and production values are simply stunning, "Prometheus" ultimately disappoints.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 7, 2012
Though Prometheus follows Alien's story beats, it's a looser and less satisfying story, more intellectual than visceral, and not fully satisfying on either level. But in part, that's because it's trying to do so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 7, 2012
Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" is a magnificent science-fiction film, all the more intriguing because it raises questions about the origin of human life and doesn't have the answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 6, 2012
Watching "Prometheus" is like opening a deluxe gift box from Tiffany's to find a mug from the dollar store.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 6, 2012
"Prometheus" damn near lives up to the unsustainable hype, at least at the level of cinematography, production design, special effects and pure wow factor.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 6, 2012
Prometheus elicits Alien memories for viewers who have them, but works on its own, too, as a model of a contemporary (and, as is the contempo mode, long-winded) sci-fi horror pic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 6, 2012
"Prometheus" repeats many past glories, and its plot is squishy nonsense. But its grand sets and intricate effects are dazzling, and in at least one scene, Scott almost manages to top himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 6, 2012
You're more likely to enjoy the film if you go in thinking less about "Alien" and more about Scott, with his emphasis on images, tone and atmosphere over -- sometimes at the expense of -- plot and story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 6, 2012
Why are we here? What is our purpose? Is there a God? When does this movie get good?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 6, 2012
This is a remarkably scary and eye-popping headrush of a movie, an experience that offers a maximum adrenaline boost at the same time as it engages your intelligence. Don't miss it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
June 5, 2012
With this overreaching Prometheus, Scott seems a bit like David carefully arranging his hair in imitation of O'Toole's Lawrence. He can still mimic the appearance of an epic, noble, important movie -- but the appearance is all.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 5, 2012
There's no denying that Prometheus will make for a perfectly entertaining night at the movies -- but we were promised so much more.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 4, 2012
The paranoia becomes palpable, and a lot of its impact comes from how dramatic and dazzlingly seamless the special effects are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 4, 2012
Alien DNA plays a big role in Prometheus, but it's the DNA of Alien that this new movie just can't quite live up to. The less you think of this new film as part of that legendary series, the more you'll enjoy it.
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Justin Chang
Variety
May 30, 2012
Remains earthbound in narrative terms, forever hinting at the existence of a higher intelligence without evincing much of its own.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 30, 2012
It does supply enough visual spectacle, tense action and sticky, slithery monster attacks to hit the spot with thrill-seeking audiences worldwide.