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The War of the Worlds Reviews

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October 3, 2011
Understandably well-remembered, but its status as a high classic seems more incidental than earned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2011
Some grisly and scary parts. Not for young 'uns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 2, 2008
| Original Score: 3.5/4
February 22, 2008
Definitely a sci-fi classic from the 1950s...great George Pal effects.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 8, 2007
As the perfect crystallization of 50s ideology the film would be fascinating enough, but the special effects in this 1953 George Pal production also achieve a kind of dark, burnished apocalyptic beauty.
June 8, 2007
Though it's bogged down by a stiff cast, a yawn-inspiring conventional romance, and a sappy religiosity, it remains a landmark in the history of special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 8, 2007
War of the Worlds is a socko science-fiction feature, as fearsome as a film as was the Orson Welles 1938 radio interpretation of the H.G. Wells novel.
October 31, 2006
Mind those heat rays!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 5, 2006
For a movie that already succeeded in scaring the Grape Nehi out of every ten-year-old in the audience, how disquieting it must have been for the Cold War-agitated grownups to witness U.S. might, tanks and A-bombs alike, brushed away helpless...
March 6, 2006
peculiarly fifties-bound
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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January 26, 2006
Too bad about the wooden cast, the tackily conventional romance, and a draggy religious message; but at least, given the time it was made, it isn't imbued with Cold War hysteria.
December 6, 2005
A half-century after its creation, the film's best moments are still so enjoyably unnerving that they easily carry a viewer through the necessary but inevitably dated exposition.
December 2, 2005
This version has more soul than the remake.
November 26, 2005
...a so-called "classic" that couldn't possibly be more overrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 25, 2005
This is vintage Cold War-era sci-fi, and one of the best films in the genre.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 29, 2003
Incredibly overrated version of the Wells novel.
| Original Score: 2/5
March 18, 2003
Well, it's not called a classic for nothing.
| Original Score: 5/5
October 3, 2002
A great Cold War re-imagining of Welles' classic tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
September 6, 2001
The acting was wooden, the romance was blah, and the religious messages tacked on were pathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
This is an imminently watchable film -- better than many other B-grade science fiction films with similar themes of alien invasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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