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Species (1995)

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17

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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Fine special effects, eclectic casting, and the freeze-frame-worthy, clothing-free debut of a blonde bombshell made this cheesy science fiction/horror hybrid a cut above its B-grade roots. At a top-secret Utah facility headed up by Dr. Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley), scientists have created "Sil" (Natasha Henstridge), a half-human, half-alien product of experiments with DNA codes obtained from beyond the stars. Unfortunately, Sil has escaped. Her primary objective is to mate, and, with the ability

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

Dennis Feldman

Aug 27, 1997

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (22) | DVD (17)

Takes a clever premise and turns it in to soft core porn with a clunky ending.

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Director Roger Donaldson's cartoonlike, computer-generated shots of the alien in battle are the ultimate cop-out in a film more deserving of the title Feces.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

It is no masterpiece, but after some of the schlock seen this year, it is nice to see a science-fiction horror film that delivers.

July 13, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

An enjoyable creature feature where the creature just happens to mask itself as a beautiful, often-naked blonde. Nothing more than a big-budget exploitation flick, but it has some good shock moments.

March 4, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

As slyly smart as it is silly, and the flick delivers a clever idea that's wedged in between some rather slick action scenes.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

...she's a beautiful, horny, outer-space babe who just wants to copulate, and when she doesn't get her way, boy, does she get angry!

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Violent kill-fest of a sci-fi/horror movie. Sexy monster, though.

October 15, 2004

Sexy and bold.

October 3, 2004 | Comment (1)
FilmsInReview.com

Does this film know it's funny? Does it think it's scary? In truth, it's enough of both to enjoy.

August 16, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

Worthless

August 2, 2003 | Comments (2)
Pasadena Weekly

A great monster chase movie, some cool gore, and Henstridge had a promising debut. Too bad it never went anywhere.

July 14, 2003
About.com

Quickly disintegrates into the series of plot holes.

October 16, 2001 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for Species

Ben Kingsley's science experiment with alien DNA (explained in a dazzle of two sentences) escapes and terrorizes the male population of Los Angeles with copulation (Oh my!) in this not-too-serious blond creature feature with some A-list talent seriously wasted. C-grade entertainment.
May 27, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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Species is easily one of the weirdest films i've layed my eyes on in a while. It has a great premise, a good cast and a big budget but the problem is it's never as exciting as it deservedly should be. Which is quite surprising considering it's intriguing and courageous story. Firstly, apart from a handful of shocks the film has no atmosphere whatsoever and suffers from wooden performances and a baggy final 20 minutes that leads up to a very unsuspenseful climax. However as stupid and flawed as it is the mash up of B movie creature conventions and erotic thriller overtones make for an interesting story with a sexy alien. It reminded me of Vincenzo Natali's recent picture, Splice, a film that I think is incredible, has depth, and quite possibly was inspired by the film. And that's good enough for me. It's a badly shot piece of trash, but it's so aware of itself, and sometimes funny, but always entertaining. You can't exactly say much about the film because it's reasonably unremarkable, but it's worth watching once if you want to pass an hour and 40 minutes. For what it's worth it deserves a marginal recommendation.
September 10, 2012
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Directors Cat

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Species is a terrific Sci Fi horror film.with a good cast of actors. After an experiment at a top secret facility goes haywire, The facilities latest experiment escapes. The experiment is a woman implanted with Alien DNA and she must find a mate to create an alien race. Scientists hunt her down at any cost. Species plays out like a B movie with a big budget. Special effects are crafted by famed Swiss artist H.R Geiger who designed the creatures in Ridley Scott's Alien. The film is helmed by Roger Donaldson who went to film other terrific films such as Thirteen Days and The World's Fastest Indian. Despite the throwback of the B movie feel that Species offers, this is still a very enjoyable film despite the flaws. The effects are awesome and theres plenty of gore in the film to appeal to the gore fans. The film does leave room for improvement, but Species is a fairly entertaining ride that has more highs than lows. This is a film that is fairly underrated. Sure the film is not Alien, but it manages to be a pretty effective Sci Fi Horror film. If you can get past the cliches, which work well, this is a treat to watch and enjoy. Sci Fi Horror fans should be pleased at this interesting film because it uses plenty of old tricks that though some may find old, are quite inventive in this effects laden film. The diehard Horror buff will surely enjoy this film, I did and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a different type of Alien monster film.
February 26, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A very cool sci-fi horror movie, I saw it when it came out, and I'd like to see it again sometime.
June 6, 2011
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