The Day the Earth Stood Still Reviews

December 18, 2008
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The Day the Earth Stood Still may at first look like goofy, outdated science fiction, but its timeless warnings about violence, nuclear confrontation and the difficulties of policing the planet have made it an enduring cultural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.
Top Critic
June 4, 2007
Cast, although secondary to the story, works well.
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.
June 14, 2003
Today, wistful viewers might ask: Where are Klaatu and Gort when we need them most?
May 20, 2003
It is comforting, of course, to have it made plain that our planetary neighbors are much wiser and more peaceful than are we, but this makes for a tepid entertainment in what is anamolously labeled the science-fiction field.
March 4, 2003