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The Day the Earth Stood Still Reviews

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January 10, 2017
Great movie. Seen it many times. Light years better than the crappy remake. It's also a great history movie showing us in a simpler era.
January 7, 2017
this is a classic sci-fi movie
September 25, 2016
The Day the Earth Stood Still is truly a landmark science fiction film that produces both an intriguing twist on the alien arrival storyline as well as a message very reminiscent of the time period in which it was released.
September 2, 2016
Robert Wise's sci-fi masterpiece is on the top of all politicans' must-see list.
½ July 11, 2016
Cheesy and a little overacted, with all the usual cliches, but all in all a nice movie
May 7, 2016
Terribly outdated. Very dull and almost unwatchable. It's not a worthy classic like people are saying. (First and only viewing - 5/6/2016)
April 17, 2016
One of the better sci-fi films from the fifties. Cleverly avoiding the awful special effects of other, similar efforts, and the screen presence of Michael Rennie is quite captivating.
½ April 12, 2016
Surprisingly solid. I had no idea what I was getting into, and was pleased. Good acting, decent effects... Now, it's on to the remake!!
March 25, 2016
SF klasika od 1951. Iako filmov e star 65 godini, izgleda mnogu svezo i napredno i od denesna gledna tocka. Cista petka!
½ February 28, 2016
''The Day the Earth Stood Still'' is one of the first ''big'', great science fiction movies ever to hit the big screen, it influenced almost every sci-fi to come, everyone knows the story because here is where the ''all-too-well-known Alien landing on earth'' plot has come from, it has been copied, parodied, adapted, etc, etc.
''The Day the Earth Stood Still'' is simply put a great science fiction movie and a great movie, it stood the test of time wholeheartedly, still thriving with energy and full of entertainment, it also brings a powerful and important message across still relevant to this day.

''The Day the Earth Stood Still'' may be simple and tame at times, but viewing it as if you were there in 1951 watching a picture like this for the first time in a cinema, shows how far ahead of its time it was, and viewing it from today's standpoint show how incredibly influential and relevant this movie still is.
February 16, 2016
Flying saucers with no landing gear are not a likely form of planet to planet travel.
January 23, 2016
A slow burn that may not work for someone used to the pace of modern features, but rewarding for those with patience. The story of Klaatu's time on Earth and the message he brings holds up well even 65 years after it was first delivered.
½ January 16, 2016
Keanu obviously didnt watch this. Would have learned a lot.
½ December 13, 2015
The Day the Earth Stood Still is compelling as a charming drama, captivating as a landmark in inventive science fiction, but it also is incredibly visionary in its message. This movie exposes the ridiculous paranoia and fear in our society and was also ahead of its time in realizing that a Nuclear War would end badly for everyone.
Super Reviewer
½ December 6, 2015
A very good film, classic and clearly influential in its scope and maturity. Reasonably thought-provoking sci-fi that gains incredibly by Robert Wise's sure-handed direction.
½ November 17, 2015
Outdated and overrated.
November 9, 2015
I think it's something about experiencing the movie as a youngster and hearing that creepy musical score which makes an indelible impression. Gort the robot and the other FX are brilliant -- effectively menacing but not overplayed.

A strength of the movie is that through its characters it explores different reactions to the "alien invasion". There is the little boy befriended by the alien, and his vivid imagination. There is also a scene of the grown-ups discussing the alien arrival with a predictable nod to the 'Red Scare' (communist threat). Of course the press is alarmist and superficial (just like today) while the US military's agenda is to keep the alien imprisoned. There is even an Einstein character in the figure of Professor Barnard, since at that time Einstein was a celebrity. The movie suggests many things but is not preachy except for the obvious message at the very end of the movie, which concerns the threat of nuclear destruction.
After consideration, I do find that movie climax happens too quickly. The events near the end deserved an additional 10 or 15 minutes, so that is the weak point of the pic.

It's all about the art of the story telling through movies, and this movie is very nicely crafted.
October 3, 2015
Reasonable, logical, power message about peace, delivered perfectly
September 3, 2015
A true science fiction classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still has a fantastic premise that is very well executed and stands the test of time. The film also has very good special effects for 1951 that obviously look bad by today's standards, but are impressive to be 64 years old. In addition, the film is rightfully very influential for the genre and you can really see why with just how entertaining and masterfully put together this one is. Overall, The Day the Earth Stood Still is just as harrowing and entertaining as it was 64 years ago.
August 24, 2015
A powerful message in a science fiction movie well ahead of its time.
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