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Screamers Reviews

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Ken Tucker
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
Based on a short story by the great nutball sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, Screamers is more like a high-pitched rip-off of Alien.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Brendan Kelly
March 26, 2009
A fun, fast-paced futuristic thriller with enough jolts per frame to keep even the most impatient action fan happy.
July 5, 2008
not as cool as it could be
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The design and effects teams have lent scale and impact to the futuristic locations and sets. If only Duguay's flashy, aimless direction had succeeded in filling these barren wastes and antiseptic interiors with something resembling human life.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Until it succumbs to one cliche too many, Screamers, which was directed by Christian Duguay, does an efficient job of generating a stomach-knotting tension.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Dragan Antulov
April 9, 2003
Sacrifices last traces of plausibility and common sense for the sake of "surprise" twist that any experienced viewer could have predicted ages ago.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/10
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
There's nothing exhilarating or enjoyable in any of this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Screamers oozes atmosphere. It's a dark film that borrows heavily from the likes of the Alien films, Dune, Blade Runner, and John Carpenter's updated The Thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's not exactly a bad movie; it's made with a certain imagination and intelligence. But its future is so grungy and grim it makes our current mess look like Utopia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
The movie ends with a weak gimmick, and leaves you with the feeling that it could have done better had it had more trust in itself and its own concepts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
It remains reasonably faithful to the original short story, the production values are okay and some of the dialogue is pretty effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Might just as well have gone straight to video instead of movie-theater screens, since it is every bit as cheesy, underdeveloped and gore-filled as the tape-rentals that fill sci-fi/horror shelves monthly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A pile of recycled space junk, it alienates even while flinging body parts into the audience's yawning faces.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
In its last minutes Screamers becomes the last thing it intends to be -- laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Barry Walters
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
It's one of those movies that is bad enough to be boring and incomprehensible, but not bad enough (most of the time) to be reprehensible or riotously funny.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Screamers is inundated with movie cliches, stock characters, stolen premises and scenes that just don't make sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Had Screamers been made in 1980 it would have achieved classic status.
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
Emanuel Levy
August 3, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Fred Topel
February 17, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Spence D.
IGN Movies
December 17, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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