The Day the Earth Stood Still Reviews

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August 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.
September 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...
January 13, 2017
It's as much Christ parable as science fiction film... yet its message is delivered less like a sermon than a threat.
October 16, 2011
Yes kids, media was idiotic and hysterical long before the likes of Glenn Beck were around.
January 2, 2011
A sci-fi classic that still resonates.
December 8, 2009
Robert Wise looks at the Atomic Age and wonders: 'What would Jesus do?'
January 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.
December 30, 2008
An enduring film property with an unforgettable catch phrase ('Klaatu barada nikto')...[and] socially conscious themes. [Blu-ray]
December 30, 2008
...remains a cut above the majority of its campy '50s brethren...
December 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.
December 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.
December 2, 2008
...dispels any notion you might have about shlocky science fiction.
December 2, 2008
Iconic from the get-go.
October 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The Day the Earth Stood Still may at first look like goofy, outdated science fiction, but its timeless warnings about violence, nuclear confrontation and the difficulties of policing the planet have made it an enduring cultural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.
June 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.
June 4, 2007
Superb performances by all involved, restrained direction by Wise, and a magnificent and innovative score by Bernard Herrmann help keep this 35-year-old film just as relevant today as it was the day it was released.
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June 4, 2007
Cast, although secondary to the story, works well.
April 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.
March 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.
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January 26, 2006
Edmund H North's intelligent script and Wise's smooth direction are serious without being solemn, while Bernard Herrmann's effectively alien-sounding score reinforces the atmosphere of strangeness and potential menace.
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