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Contact Reviews

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October 15, 2002
A rare find -- a science-fiction film more interested in ideas than scary critters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 2002
You've got some great moments and an intriguing, haunting last act, but most of the movie isn't very exceptional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 7, 2002
...credit the makers of Contact... with making precisely the kind of movie that we imagine [Carl] Sagan would have wanted made.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B
June 23, 2002
The build-up of the film is exceptionally well written, as ``Contact'' gives us two attractive adults who actually discuss issues and concepts instead of trading coy double entendres.
June 18, 2002
When it tries to personify the struggle between skepticism and faith in the relationship between Ellie and her theologian boyfriend, it becomes flat and obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 12, 2002
Contact, which aims for awe, ends up with piffle.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 26, 2002
Offers an inspired and inspiring close encounter with the ineffable mystery that lies at the heart of each individual and at the core of the majestic universe.
October 24, 2001
It's more visceral than I can explain in a short little review like this - but you can feel your breath in your throat at the most unexpected times.
Full Review| Original Score: 5
May 11, 2001
An exhilarating adventure.
February 27, 2001
For once, a $90 million Summer Event Movie that (gasp!) uses special effects to further a plot instead of just to blow things up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2001
A science fiction story that's more about people than it is about science. In fact it is more about faith than it is about science.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
January 1, 2000
Contact is at its most relaxed when it sheds its intellectual pretensions and reveals its media-wise sense of humor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of motion picture that restores one's faith in what can be produced when a large budget is used wisely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
The movie's CNN strategy, whereby credibility is measured in TV exposure, proves fatal, often throwing the proceedings into a laughable tailspin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Faithful to Sagan's brand of popularized science, the film never reaches beyond Hollywood spectacle and sentimentality.
January 1, 2000
Zemeckis uses special effects to suggest the climactic events without upstaging them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
While the movie doesn't qualify as an awful waste of space by any means, it has so many creative black holes, you'll have to weigh the entertainment odds before making this journey.
January 1, 2000
It is unusual for a summer blockbuster to inspire much actual debate.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
If [Sagan] does a better job of asking them than answering them, that is at least consistent with the scientists creed that the only sin is to be afraid to ask the right questions -- and to be open-minded about the answers.
Read More | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
Although one could do worse than have Jodie Foster's face reflect the secret of the universe, when she tries to relate it to others in plain English, the staggering banality of this film shows through.
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