The Thing Reviews

October 23, 2017
The Thing is set in an all-male environment, and is as much a study of masculinity in crisis as an update of the sort of siege scenario that Carpenter had already played out in Assault on Precinct 13.
May 25, 2011
Carpenter's direction is slow, dark, and stately; he seems to be aiming for an enveloping, novelistic kind of effect, but all he gets is heaviness.
September 18, 2009
The special effects can't hope to be as creepy to our seen-it-all eyes as they were to the film's first viewers, but we can still enjoy the monster's unique weirdness, and the story is a rock-solid yarn.
September 18, 2009
It's pretty scary and entertaining stuff, though I always get the feeling that nothing in it lives up to the tremendous opening section.
June 6, 2007
If it's the most vividly guesome monster ever to stalk the screen that audiences crave, then The Thing is the thing. On all other levels, however, John Carpenter's remake of Howard Hawks' 1951 sci-fi classic comes as a letdown.
June 24, 2006
Russell's sub-Eastwood heroics hardly compensate for the absence of all characterisation, while Bill Lancaster's script boasts the most illogical climax any monster movie ever had.
October 23, 2004
Because this material has been done before, and better, especially in the original The Thing and Alien, there's no need to see this version.
May 20, 2003
Mr. Carpenter has demonstrated that he can make good, comparatively plain, old-fashioned scare movies and effective suspense thrillers, but he seems to lose his own head when he combines two or more genres, as he [does here].
July 1, 1982
This is one of those rare remakes that remains faithful to the premise of the original but does something unique with the concept.