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The Day the Earth Stood Still Reviews

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Rob Humanick
October 16, 2011
Yes kids, media was idiotic and hysterical long before the likes of Glenn Beck were around.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A sci-fi classic that still resonates.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
December 8, 2009
Robert Wise looks at the Atomic Age and wonders: 'What would Jesus do?'
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 10, 2009
Embora soe ingênuo e mesmo datado para os dias de hoje, permanece interessante graças à figura enigmática e superior de Rennie e à ameaça representada pelo impassível Gort.
| Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 30, 2008
An enduring film property with an unforgettable catch phrase ('Klaatu barada nikto')...[and] socially conscious themes. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 30, 2008
...remains a cut above the majority of its campy '50s brethren...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
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.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Josh Larsen
December 2, 2008
...dispels any notion you might have about shlocky science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
December 2, 2008
Iconic from the get-go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
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The Day the Earth Stood Still may at first look like goofy, outdated science fiction, but its timeless warnings about violence, nuclear confrontation and the difficulties of policing the planet have made it an enduring cultural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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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June 4, 2007
Cast, although secondary to the story, works well.
Mark Bourne
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.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 18, 2005
Very good, but slowish and slightly high-minded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2005
still fantastic
| Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
June 29, 2005
Though made half a century ago, this film remains a seminal sci-fi and a defining moment in the genre's history as well as in the visual treatment of fear of atomic bomb.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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