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The Thing from Another World Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 2, 2014
Even though the thing doesn't begin to make its presence felt till near the halfway point... the simple act of watching men discuss strategy ends up being terrifically absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 16, 2013
Set the template for a decade of alien invasions.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 16, 2012
It's still a very harrowing and action packed horror film...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Humanick
October 14, 2011
Perhaps the most famous shot of the movie is also one of head-slapping irrelevance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 10, 2011
Lively science fiction film, with dubious politics.
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
March 13, 2011
A solid, workmanlike film that holds up better than one would expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 61/100
May 2, 2008
classic, though it didn't impress me really that much
| Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
June 6, 2007
The resourcefulness shown in building the plot groundwork is lacking as the yarn gets into full swing. Cast members, headed by Margaret Sheridan and Kenneth Tobey, fail to communicate any real terror.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2007
The film has more frissons than most of today's mega-budget productions, simply because it has the grace to construct a meaningful situation and coherent characters.
Rob Gonsalves
April 9, 2007
A perfect popcorn movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 5, 2007
Rather than Nyby, producer Howard Hawks is often credited for the direction of this sci-fi landmark, which features Hollywood's first space-age monster in a decade invaded by Cold War-era aliens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Howard Hawks only produced this classic scary sci-fi feature, but it has his signature touches all over it: overlapping dialogue, smooth storytelling, compressed time and space.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Crum
April 28, 2006
All-time classic sci-fi still packs creepy wallop.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Bourne
April 7, 2006
This taut and entertaining thriller is to The Day the Earth Stood Still what Alien is to Star Trek, or the Rolling Stones to the Beatles.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The overall message of The Thing emerges as distinctly hawkish. Reactionary or not, though, it's still a masterpiece.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 13, 2003
The conflict between Hendry and Carrington is one between Force and Reason, and represents a debate over whether America should cope with its Soviet adversaries through military confrontation or intellectual and diplomatic study.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 12, 2003
The Thing today is probably best viewed as a historical document, its shock value having been diminished through time and repetition.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
August 4, 2003
Doesn't pale in comparison to John Carpenter's The Thing so much as offer a respectable podling alternative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 12, 2002
Classic sci-fi. One of the very best.
| Original Score: 5/5

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
[In the growing] cycle of films dealing with interplanetary travel, communications or warfare, each succeeding entry endeavors to outpass its predecessors in drawing on fantasy and the imagination. It follows, then, that this is by far the most fanciful.
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