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Invasion of the Body Snatchers Reviews

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October 17, 2016
It's interesting to observe how Kaufman and screenwriter W.D. Richter contrive to exploit and refine elements from both Finney's novel and Siegel's film in the new movie version, an unusually imaginative and adroit but also self-conscious remake.
August 13, 2016
A remarkable science fiction tale that still stuns, baffles, and chills.
August 7, 2016
The 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers remains the best of the four adaptations, but this second take is similarly noteworthy and continues to grow in stature over the years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 2, 2016
Emotionally stirring, visually striking and having not aged a day, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" cries out for individuality in a skewed, nightmarish totalitarian reality. The results are as squirmily potent in 2016 as they no doubt were in 1978.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 28, 2015
Remakes of grand old films are to be discouraged, but director Philip Kaufman gets away with this one on style and verve.
September 28, 2015
All the tension and scariness of the original has gone and in its place is a bit of floppy old cabbage. See the Fifties version if you can.
August 5, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] Thematically, the film's allegory regarding viral-groupthink has plenty of wiggle-room for interpretation because it is so profoundly vague yet universal.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 18, 2014
one of the best remakes ever
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 7, 2013
It was always going to be hard to better Don Siegel's 1956 classic, and if director Philip Kaufman doesn't quite succeed, he does manage to summon up an equally chilling air of paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 16, 2011
This terrific remake never lets the audience forget that it should be frightened.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2011
Very entertaining, and despite the by now over familiar-plot, pleasantly suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 23, 2010
Gives remakes a good name.
October 22, 2010
This film wants to have it both ways: to have a more urbane, more "important" scope than the original, and yet retain some of its inexpensive intimacy as well.
September 23, 2010
one of the great sci-fi horrorshows, a movie that gooses you with its premise, makes you laugh and jump, and ultimately leaves you with something you can't quite shake
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 6, 2010
On top of being an engrossing conspiracy thriller in step with the gritty urban tales of the time, the Invasion of the Body Snatchers is also a genuinely creepy film which slyly suggests there is something sinister beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 21, 2010
[Philip] Kaufman's version persuasively asserts its right to life as an imaginative reflection of our time...
February 13, 2010
Siegel gave the frissons classical sharpness while Kaufman goes for baroque erudition
March 26, 2009
Invasion of the Body Snatchers validates the entire concept of remakes.
September 12, 2007
If not quite as great as its predecessor, still a pretty damn fine genre picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 1, 2007
Set at the intersection of post-Vietnam paranoia and the myopic introspection that became hippiedom's most lasting cultural contribution, the Philip Kaufman-directed Invasion alternates social commentary with impeccably crafted scares.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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