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Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 12

The Twilight Zone: The Movie suffers from the typical anthology-film highs and lows; thankfully, the former outnumber the latter.

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

The Twilight Zone: The Movie suffers from the typical anthology-film highs and lows; thankfully, the former outnumber the latter.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Movie Info

Based on the popular television series created by Rod Serling, this film of horror and the supernatural tells four separate stories--each by a different director: John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller. In one, a bigot is taught a lesson when he is transported to experience the lives of three different victims of prejudice and intolerance. Another takes a trip to an old-age home where the arrival of a special man turns some of the residents into youthful people once again. In

Oct 9, 2007

Warner Bros. Pictures

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Plays much like a traditional vaudeville card, what with its tantalizing teaser opening followed by three sketches of increasing quality, all building up to a socko headline act.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The others have a comic strip zeal which makes them intensely watchable, but ultimately it's left to Mad Max wizard Miller to steal the show.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The surprising thing is, the two superstar directors are thoroughly routed by two less-known directors whose previous credits have been horror and action pictures.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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...a flabby, mini-minded behemoth...

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Miller [leaves] no doubt that he was the finest stylist to emerge in the early 80s, with a sense of narrative rhythm linked to visual development that is wholly original and ravishing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Only one thing about Twilight Zone: The Movie still haunts us today, and it wasn't intentional.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Where does it land? A fifth dimension beyond that known to most films. The middle ground between wowing & worthless, between so great & so what, and it lies between the pits of recklessly fatal hubris and the very summit of spirited genre filmmaking.

August 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

A bland and lazy rehash of the best episodes of the series...

July 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

If the first half completely lost us, the second effortlessly added a few more sleepless nights to our tally.

June 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Mania.com
Mania.com

TV show is much better; some mature themes, violence.

September 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The last two segments are genuine bits of magnificence

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

A frightfully lopsided omnibus that begins with two wretched episodes by John Landis and Steven Spielberg and finishes with an engrossing pair by Joe Dante and George Miller.

December 10, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...doesn't quite capture the magic of the old television series, but it makes a good stab at trying.

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Like all anthology films, this one has its high and low points, and not where you'd expect.

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

a roller-coaster homage to adolescence.

October 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Twilight Zone takes us back to Rod Serling's television dimension where things are not what they seem and fate is full of devious twists and turns.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Four big-name directors were each to helm a segment, but only Dante's cheerfully manic It's a Good Life and Miller's claustrophobic Nightmare at 20,000 Feet really pass muster.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Flawed and uneven, though George Miller's finale is a hoot.

December 30, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Despite the deaths, it's a decent film

November 7, 2002
Zap2it.com

Uneven adaptation of classic TV series. Some stories work, others don't, but Scatman Crothers steals his vignette.

August 30, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Even with big name additions and direction and huge budgets, this project was destined for mediocrity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Twilight Zone: The Movie

Four stories by four directors, Spielberg, Landis, Dante and Miller, a great collection of directors and a neat selection of spooky tales. This is actually a great movie adaptation of the series which doesn't loose what it should be about and go overboard, the stories are remakes from the series including one original story.

First tale about a racist bigot who is somehow transported back and forth through time from Nazi Germany to Vietnam experiencing racism against himself has an obvious strong message of justice or revenge against prejudice in a very simple way. Landis does a reasonable job with the simple tale but its a little uninspired and would of liked a more horror based tale from the master of comedic terror.

Tale two from Spielberg is again rather uninspired but you can tell miles off its by Spielberg with its warm glow and gentle heart, a tale of old folk who dream of becoming young again and with the help of a mysterious old man in their retirement home they do overnight. Easily the tear jerker of the four and the nicest with strong similarities to the film 'Cocoon' which probably pinched the idea.

Tale three is clearly made by Dante, like tale two you can see the directors style clearly and by the way the short film looks design wise, trademark Dante finger prints all over with his fave actor Dick Miller used again. A fun and very eerie tale of a boy who can make anything he wishes come true and holds a group of people captive in his bizarre home, pretending to be his family the small group of people are merely scared of the boy and can never leave fearing the young boy may wish something terrible upon them. Its a spooky tale if you think about it and works very well, parodied by 'The Simpson's' in a 'Treehouse of Terror' episode surely means it deserves respect.

The final tale by Miller is a remake of the classic Twilight Zone episode which featured a young William Shatner 'Nightmare at 20,000 Feet', again parodied by 'The Simpson's' earning it even more respect and fame. A terrified airline passenger is driven insane by a combination of the fear of flying and the fact he can see a monster on the wing of the plane ripping apart the engine. Probably the best of the tales with a great concept and cool creature to boot, Lithgow does well as the passenger going insane from nerves and anxiety with a performance equal to the original whilst the gremlin looks perfectly kooky and unnerving.

Mixed bag of tales, the two from Dante and Miller being the best, Spielberg's is reasonable but boring and Landis I think picked the wrong type of story to best suit his abilities. Love the intro/end sequences with Dan Aykroyd and add to that a full list of top names in the cast all equal a decent film, could of been better but it still wins.
March 26, 2014
phubbs1

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Effective horror anthology, Twilight Zone-The Movie is a memorable horror film that ranks among the finest of anthologies. This type of horror film is hard to pull off due to the fact that it's multiple stories that are designed to scare the audience. This ranks among the finest anthology films in the genre and overall it's a highly entertaining film, one that every horror fan should watch. The film boasts an impressive cast, who each bring a terrific quality that makes the film that much better. There is not one weak story presented in the film, however there are at least one truly stronger than the last one, but that's a matter of opinion. I've never seen the show, but to those like me, who's never experienced the show, this film is sure to satisfy. In terms of sheer terror, Twilight Zone: The Movie is a very atmospheric, well executed genre film that is highly entertaining and thrilling. This is an essential anthology in the genre, and like I stated, is one of the best that I have seen. Well crafted, and executed, this anthology is a classic, and boasts impressive stories that are sure to delight any fan of whatever horror genre. This is a stunning piece of cinema, one that is sure to thrill any viewer of film, and it boasts some truly terrifying and memorable stories. I highly recommend this film, and it's a fine anthology, that set the standards of all films of this genre to follow. With effective stories, and a good cast, Twilight Zone: The movie is a great horror film that you shouldn't pass up.
February 8, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Twilight Zone: The Movie is film that is probably remembered for all the wrong reasons, or at least not for the reasons the makers would have hoped for. Twilight Zone: The Movie is compiled by 4 different stories, the same format used in the original TV series. First off, I always found the original TV series to be far more creepy, certainly more terrifying when watching them as a small child. It's future shock film/alternative story telling at it's best. The film really is a 80s homage and there is nothing like an 80s homage (there's nothing like an 80s version of anything really, it's probably the most icon decade when it comes to film). Joe Dante's film is not great. It's more along the lines of Explorers rather than than Inner Space. George Miller's film is pretty good but watching John Lithgow scream and sweat in equal measure for 20 minutes straight becomes quite tiresome. Steven Spielberg's film is pure schmaltz, if it weren't for the presents of the ever lovable Scatman Crothers I would have thought they'd of axed it, Spielberg could have done much better at the time. The first film and by far the best is the one everyone remembers. John Landis's entry starred Vic Morrow as a bigot who is transported back to Nazi Germany, the Vietnam war and to a Klu Klux Klan hanging. It's the sort of story that made Twilight Zone so popular in the first place. However, it is unforgivable that John Landis was not held responsible for the accidental death of Morrow and the two child actors who died in the filming. He has always been remorseful on the subject, being quoted as saying "I live with the "Twilight Zone" every day of my life." in a 1991 interview but he still should have been charged. Half of me thinks that the film should never had been aired but at the same time it would have been a shame as Vic Morrow's last performance is great and his is a great film. It's a delicate situation really, it's an ok film but those 3 horrific deaths will always linger alongside it and I can't help but think it's probably a film that everyone involved with would like to forget.
October 30, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Not better that the original series and sometimes boring, but The Twilight Zone: The Movie is a nice and entertaining bizzare movie very surrealist and kinda funny that presents some good actings, as like of John Lithgow. Fresh.
October 28, 2011
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

    1. Narrator: You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into... the Twilight Zone.
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