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The Day the Earth Stood Still Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 2, 2011
A sci-fi classic that still resonates.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 8, 2009
Robert Wise looks at the Atomic Age and wonders: 'What would Jesus do?'
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
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
December 30, 2008
...remains a cut above the majority of its campy '50s brethren...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 2, 2008
...dispels any notion you might have about shlocky science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 2, 2008
Iconic from the get-go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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The Day the Earth Stood Still may at first look like goofy, outdated science fiction, but its timeless warnings about violence, nuclear confrontation and the difficulties of policing the planet have made it an enduring cultural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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
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.
November 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2005
Very good, but slowish and slightly high-minded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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