The Day the Earth Stood Still Reviews

Feb 14, 2021
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is a sentimental favorite among Fifties science fiction films. It is certainly good but not nearly as good as its reputation would make it.
Jan 15, 2021
One of the best sci-fi films I've ever seen, built with ambitious special effects, a lurid soundtrack, and a powerful metaphor about pacifism and the moral contradictions of a society on the brink of self-destruction. [Full review in Spanish]
Aug 18, 2020
Writer Edmund H. North's adaptation proves that an intelligent, well-written script can easily make up for a lack in visual luster.
Sep 29, 2019
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is one of the most influential, seminal fantasy science fiction films in motion picture history. The counter-revolutionary, big-budget film provided salient social commentary about the madness of Cold War politics...
Jan 13, 2017
It's as much Christ parable as science fiction film... yet its message is delivered less like a sermon than a threat.
Oct 16, 2011
Yes kids, media was idiotic and hysterical long before the likes of Glenn Beck were around.
Jan 2, 2011
A sci-fi classic that still resonates.
Dec 8, 2009
Robert Wise looks at the Atomic Age and wonders: 'What would Jesus do?'
Jan 10, 2009
Embora soe ingnuo e mesmo datado para os dias de hoje, permanece interessante graas figura enigmtica e superior de Rennie e ameaa representada pelo impassvel Gort.
Dec 30, 2008
An enduring film property with an unforgettable catch phrase ('Klaatu barada nikto')...[and] socially conscious themes. [Blu-ray]
Dec 30, 2008
...remains a cut above the majority of its campy '50s brethren...
Dec 23, 2008
Made at the time as a plead for international peace, its message should still ring true today where the world picture is more complex and, in many ways, more splintered and dangerous.
Dec 12, 2008
More thoughtful and restrained than most sci-fi of the period, The Day the Earth Stood Still has aged better than almost all of its peers.
Dec 2, 2008
...dispels any notion you might have about shlocky science fiction.
Dec 2, 2008
Iconic from the get-go.
Oct 5, 2007
The Day the Earth Stood Still may at first look like goofy, outdated science fiction, but its timeless warnings about violence, nuclear confrontation and the difficulties of policing the planet have made it an enduring cultural classic.
Jun 4, 2007
Like most of Robert Wise's work, this slickly constructed 1951 science fiction film settles squarely in the middle of its genre, better than some and worse than others.
Apr 15, 2006
The naivete of some of the film's thinking is trumped by the virtue that it's thinking at all, and that it asks us to do likewise.
Mar 4, 2006
This is a superbly crafted, landmark film which invested a much-derided -- and frequently ludicrous -- genre with a welcome degree of dignity and respectability.
Nov 10, 2005
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