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Prometheus Reviews

David Thomson
The New Republic
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Prometheus is scary only in the sum of instincts and talent for movie-making that have been lost.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 17, 2013
David Denby
New Yorker
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The movie may be a scare show that leaves many questions unanswered, but Scott's craft earns an exhausted kind of respect.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

June 18, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Brilliant. Epic. Haunting. Grotesque. Great.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 5/5

June 8, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

June 8, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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Prometheus tells a much bigger story and does it well, but it's missing what matters most. It's inorganic.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

June 8, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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There's definite mastery here, but it's hardly a masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

June 8, 2012
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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Prometheus--like, in its telling, the human race itself--is a creation spliced from the DNA of superior forebears.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

June 8, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 8, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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I'll say this much for it -- it's not boring.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

June 8, 2012
William Goss
Film.com
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Ridley Scott means to bring wonder and horror back to summertime spectacle, and Prometheus mostly succeeds in that regard. (Mostly.)

Full Review Source: Film.com

June 8, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Prometheus" has the integrity of a serious and sincere attempt, but ultimately it won't please anybody.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 8, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 8, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"Prometheus" is genuinely epic.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A-

June 8, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 8, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

June 7, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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When it comes to technical wizardry and sheer visual spectacle, Prometheus unequivocally delivers.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2012
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

June 7, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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What resonates in Scott's graceful, grownup, pristine film is its majestic mind.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

June 7, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 7, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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 Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2012
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: B+

June 7, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 7, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 7, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 7, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

June 7, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The plot of this Alien prequel was a carefully guarded secret -- so carefully guarded, in fact, that not even the movie reveals it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 7, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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God (or Alien) knows this movie is derivative. But as someone else once said, originality isn't everything.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Prometheus is a prequel that works as a stand-alone but offers added benefits to those familiar with the Alien series.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 7, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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An impressive epic about the extraordinary vastness of the universe, and the immense puniness of us.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 7, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 7, 2012
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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While its vast sets and production values are simply stunning, "Prometheus" ultimately disappoints.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 7, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

June 7, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Watching "Prometheus" is like opening a deluxe gift box from Tiffany's to find a mug from the dollar store.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

June 6, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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"Prometheus" damn near lives up to the unsustainable hype, at least at the level of cinematography, production design, special effects and pure wow factor.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 6, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

June 6, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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"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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

June 6, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

June 6, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Why are we here? What is our purpose? Is there a God? When does this movie get good?

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

June 6, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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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 Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 6, 2012
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 5, 2012
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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There's no denying that Prometheus will make for a perfectly entertaining night at the movies -- but we were promised so much more.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 5, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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The paranoia becomes palpable, and a lot of its impact comes from how dramatic and dazzlingly seamless the special effects are.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

June 4, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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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.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

June 4, 2012
Justin Chang
Variety
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Remains earthbound in narrative terms, forever hinting at the existence of a higher intelligence without evincing much of its own.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 30, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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It does supply enough visual spectacle, tense action and sticky, slithery monster attacks to hit the spot with thrill-seeking audiences worldwide.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 30, 2012
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