The Puppet Masters Reviews

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Variety
Top Critic
December 6, 2009

Only the most undiscriminating monster-pic buff will come away satisfied.


TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 6, 2009

Despite accomplished special effects and a coolly intelligent script, this paranoid thriller never follows through on its eerie promise.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 11, 2007

...generally as far-fetched and overwrought as its 1950s sci-fi brethren.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 9, 2006

Lacked suspense.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

There's no suspense (ETs rampage from the word go); no frissons (loud hailers telegraph the shocks); and it's insufficiently bright to be an hommage.

Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
January 30, 2006

About as nerve-wracking as a warm bath.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 24, 2005

Not bad if you can get past the "Invasion of the Plot Snatchers" set-up.

| Original Score: 3/5
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser
November 6, 2004

its story logic is solid, its science is satisfying and its thrills are nerve-wracking

| Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
August 30, 2004

A choppy, unsuspenseful succession of chases, melodramatic showdowns and routine special effects.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
May 30, 2003

Some movies with great potential can be ruined or denied their greatness by a single detail.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003

The special effects are low-budget, but effective. The creatures are disgustingly realistic.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000

Undiscriminating fans of the genre will probably not be terribly disappointed, but this is certainly familiar territory.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000

Ends up as listless and bloated as one of its dead alien visitors.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000

This movie is so wonderfully archaic and reminiscent of 1950s alien invasion stories that one cannot help but like it -- despite rather lacklustre directing.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The Puppet Masters occasionally lives up to its reputation, but the delay between story conception and celluloid conversion has clearly wilted its power and potential.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Attempts at detailed characterization don't work particularly well, and there's a love story that feels as forced as it is superfluous - although even that isn't as unnecessary as the film's final ten minutes.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000

Robert Heinlein's 1951 novel comes to the screen in a film that takes little time away from the main plot to develop its characters, but does strike home with a story of a hard-fought battle with a fairly alien and devious enemy.

Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
September 7, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 28, 2005

| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 24, 2005

| Original Score: 2/5
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