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Contact Reviews

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Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Even the computer generated graphics are a bad fit.
| Original Score: 2/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A rare find -- a science-fiction film more interested in ideas than scary critters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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 Review| Original Score: B
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Contact, which aims for awe, ends up with piffle.
| Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
An exhilarating adventure.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Contact is at its most relaxed when it sheds its intellectual pretensions and reveals its media-wise sense of humor.
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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
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Robin Dougherty
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Faithful to Sagan's brand of popularized science, the film never reaches beyond Hollywood spectacle and sentimentality.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Zemeckis uses special effects to suggest the climactic events without upstaging them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 1, 2000
It is unusual for a summer blockbuster to inspire much actual debate.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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.
| Original Score: C
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