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The Puppet Masters Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

| Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2005
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser

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

| Original Score: 4/5

November 6, 2004
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

May 30, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 3/4

March 23, 2003
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2002
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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 Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

September 7, 2011

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

Full Review Source: Variety

December 6, 2009

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 6, 2009
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

January 11, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lacked suspense.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

June 9, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

About as nerve-wracking as a warm bath.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

January 30, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 2/5

September 28, 2005
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

July 24, 2005
Clint Morris
Moviehole

| Original Score: 2/5

May 6, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A choppy, unsuspenseful succession of chases, melodramatic showdowns and routine special effects.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 30, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

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 Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
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