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Skyline (2010)



Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 79
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 67

A middling sci-fi entry, Skyline offers proof that solid special effects alone cannot overcome a flat storyline filled with uninspired dialogue.


Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 16

A middling sci-fi entry, Skyline offers proof that solid special effects alone cannot overcome a flat storyline filled with uninspired dialogue.



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After a late night party, a group of friends is awakened in the dead of the night by an eerie light beaming through the window. Like moths to a flame, people outside are being drawn to strange lights, which have descended upon Los Angeles, and then suddenly vanishing into the air. Survivors must fight for their lives as the extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth.

Mar 22, 2011


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Visual-effects wizards Greg and Colin Strause directed, showing more affinity for the city's steel and glass than for any of the characters.

January 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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How this managed not to go direct-to-DVD (and actually get a wide distribution rather than just a handful-of-theaters dump) is one of 2010's great cinematic mysteries.

November 16, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (9)
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These aren't moviemakers who live even in other movies, let alone the world. They live in hard drives.

November 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comments (8)
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Imagine it's 1953 and you're watching a movie called 'Brain Suckers from Planet X', and you might even have a good time.

November 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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There's a kind of magic that happens when a movie inspires complete strangers to ridicule it to each other on the way out of the theatre.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (5)
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The only fascinating thing about Skyline is that that such a mad muddle of a movie can even exists in an era of corporate homogeneity and purported quality-controlled.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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Directors Colin and Greg Strause eschew things like a credible script and decent acting to focus on CGI enactments of hapless apartment dwellers being rammed into slimy alien orifices.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

A big screen B-movie with a convoluted plot and limited scope - inundating viewers with melodrama instead of the alien invasion apocalypse occurring outside.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

The filmmakers thought that all it would take to make a movie is some special effects, but this film only goes to show what most people already know: a film shouldn't be designed around something meant to be an afterthought.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source:

Skyline packs some impressive money shots, however with its tracing-paper-thin script there's not enough propping up these whizz-bang set pieces.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
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Skyline might be a midnight B-movie, but it's also hopelessly inept and a grievous waste of time and talent with no ending whatsoever.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Comments (2)

I think Skyline ultimately fails as a movie.

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix

This pretty awful movie is from a team of visual effects-making brothers, Colin and Greg Strause, who've been making stuff look awesome for several years now.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

...there is, for the most part, simply no shaking the feeling that the really interesting stuff is happening elsewhere...

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Skyline has lots of TV actors going through the motions (Faison, Balfour, Brittany Daniel) and one TV actor (Dexter's David Zayas) giving a performance that's so spectacularly amateurish that it renders moot all of the other major problems the movie has.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

With its lack of a big-name cast, and the Strause brothers' proven willingness to embrace bleakness, ...Skyline holds out - and then fulfils - its promise of anything goes, from the mesmerising intro to the bitter, bananas end.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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It's got awesome giant spaceships and massive lumbering monsters and epic explosions and gory kills and it's ... a dumb-fun matinee flick for sure.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: FEARnet

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December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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'Skyline' is an outlandishly awful excuse for a movie about aliens from outer space. People not only groaned at the end of this monstrosity, but one guy in the audience was so angry that he actually began to swear,

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Comments (2)
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Impressive effects can't disguise an uninspired reheat of space invader films.

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
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A movie with this many quality special effects shouldn't ever be as genuinely boring as this.

December 5, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Look up in the sky: its a bird! its a plane! No.... its every single alien invasion movie rolled into one epic fan film. Mind you, it does have a wonderfully messed-up twist ending.

November 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Triple J | Comments (5)
Triple J

Skyline, if not always successful, refashions the modern alien invasion motif as the hopeless siege that it should be.

November 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (3)
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A weak science fiction film that doesn't know how to end so it just stops.

November 23, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (5)

The story's brain-snatching aliens must have attacked the filmmakers before they invaded the rest of Los Angeles.

November 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Comments (3)
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Audience Reviews for Skyline

Now I liked this film despite numerous numerous bad reports from virtually everyone, yes it has clunky acting and yes the plot has lots of holes but its actually a good fun sci-fi romp. As said the plot has its problems agreed, aliens come down (for no real purpose it seems) to nick every humans brain (it seems) and that's it. There isn't really any other explanation. The aliens themselves are a hybrid of many other movie creatures eg. 'The Matrix', 'ID4', 'Cloverfield', 'The Mist', 'Monsters' etc...although I admit it isn't easy to create a unique original alien anymore, these aren't too bad but maybe the brothers should of stayed away from the usual tentacle option again. So despite the aliens not being too original looking they are effective and do create tension throughout...although how they pilot their space cruisers and star fighters is beyond me.

The effects are a mixed bunch much like the acting, on both counts there are times when they are both pretty decent and do the job well, other times both fare rather badly and show this up for the cheap B-movie stuff it really is. That's not a problem to be honest as if you accept this as purely B-movie guff and you will enjoy it a whole lot more. Again though I must oppose the mass contempt for this film and praise the brothers for some neat CGI from the comforts of their bedroom. It is effective if maybe a little bit close to a videogame sequence, but that's not really a huge shock is it.

Acting is very average yes but its not as bad as people make out, the cast are unknowns which works well for the film and makes it more realistic (unknowns are always a winner) or that little bit more believeable. Personally I thought all cast members were quite OK, apart from the odd moment of dialog with some hammy lines (David Zayas), nothing really detracted from my enjoyment of this 'War of the Worlds' clone. There is a nice sense of being trapped, isolated and alone, forced to hideout within this building which many have moaned is cheap or weak story telling. But in my opinion it works and the cast do a sturdy job in bringing that across.

A slightly more serious take on 'Independence Day' with added 'War of the Worlds' plus bits of various other films. Its completely unoriginal even with one sequence involving US jet fighters going up against the alien mothership (total rip of a film mentioned). But an intriguing little ending which could lead to interesting things in the future did grab my attention. Its rather silly and hokey but lets remember this is a sci-fi B-movie affair right, question is why is it called 'Skyline'?
May 8, 2014

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Even though the effects this alien invasion has to offer are top notch, every minute feels like a student film. The minimum of dialog or character development show that someone wanted to create cool action scenes and alien attacks but knew little about how to tie them into a story. So while the look of the film is major league, it never manages to grip you or make you care much about anything that's going on. At least the ending is somewhat surprising and fresh, but may infuriate viewers for all kinds of other reasons. Wasted opportunities all around.
October 29, 2013

Super Reviewer

"I have been on a roll at picking shitty films lately. I seriously only picked this because I wanted to watch an Alien flick. Again I have chosen a film with a crappy cast, a crappy script, crappy everything. I kinda liked the concept, but the conclusion was messy and unexplained. You never find out why they are there and why they are doing what they are doing. It's another messy crappy sci-fi flick."
January 15, 2013

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    1. Jarrod: They're not beat... they're just really, REALLY pissed off!
    – Submitted by Brian f (2 months ago)
    1. Terry: [on the phone] Yeah well you shoulda thought about that when you shot the piece of shit. [hangs up]
    – Submitted by Jørn D (2 years ago)
    1. Walt: Everyone is saying that this film was rubbish and it didn't have an ending but think it was awesome!
    – Submitted by Jake P (2 years ago)
    1. Terry: Their in the f***ing building
    2. Jarrod: (the blids open) Terry?
    3. Terry: It's the timer. Hide.
    – Submitted by Sara D (3 years ago)
    1. Jarrod: Scaffolding! It's the only way down! C'mon, go!
    – Submitted by Kate R (3 years ago)
    1. Candice: Get your hands off me!
    2. Terry: What's the matter with you?
    3. Candice: (Looks at Denise)
    4. Terry: We'll talk about that later.
    5. Candice: Yeah we will.
    – Submitted by James W (3 years ago)
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