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The War of the Worlds Reviews

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Rob Humanick
October 3, 2011
Understandably well-remembered, but its status as a high classic seems more incidental than earned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media
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
Steve Crum
February 22, 2008
Definitely a sci-fi classic from the 1950s...great George Pal effects.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.

TV Guide
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
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Variety Staff
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.
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
October 31, 2006
Mind those heat rays!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Bourne
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...
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 6, 2006
peculiarly fifties-bound
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
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.
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 2, 2005
This version has more soul than the remake.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 26, 2005
...a so-called "classic" that couldn't possibly be more overrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Null
January 25, 2005
This is vintage Cold War-era sci-fi, and one of the best films in the genre.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 29, 2003
Incredibly overrated version of the Wells novel.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Mckay
March 18, 2003
Well, it's not called a classic for nothing.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 3, 2002
A great Cold War re-imagining of Welles' classic tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 6, 2001
The acting was wooden, the romance was blah, and the religious messages tacked on were pathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
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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