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Contact Reviews

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January 1, 2000
While it's hardly a perfect movie, Robert Zemeckis's Contact is one of the most 'religious' science fiction movies ever made.
January 1, 2000
Far more mundane than its aspirations to cosmic insights might have produced.
January 1, 2000
Less sci-fi blockbuster, more spiritual thinkpiece, this is a Close Encounters Of The Third Kind for the X-Files generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
It has been a while since Hollywood has delivered a serious science fiction drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Well-mounted but self-important sci-fi.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
The film balances characterisation with the adventure of space discovery, and harnesses advanced filmmaking techniques for the best possible result in entertainment with meaning.
January 1, 2000
Jodie Foster is great, and Zemeckis knows how to use film technology without compromising a story's humanity, but the real star of Contact is its author, Carl Sagan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Contact is a rarity: it is a pure science fiction movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Few films glorify the unknown and relish ambiguity to the extent that Contact does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
After almost two-and-a-half hours of tantalizing buildup, the closing scenes' meager payoff of banal, Jack Handeyish hoo-haw creates a frustrating sense of intellectual coitus interruptus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
A movie that wants to be taken seriously and yet which frequently stumbles into dull, harebrained movie conventions, Contact is still better than most of what's out there right now -- especially in terms of science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
For an aspiring ultimate trip, Contact has a flimsy dramatic grip.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Carl Sagan's ode to the superior intelligence of aliens (and how us darned humans mess everything up) is consistently beautiful and interesting, but it never makes a point (except for that bit about the darned humans).
| Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, it's simply a good film striving mightily toward a greatness that exceeds its grasp.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
If there were truly anything serious, important or intellectual about this movie, this planet would be in big trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
An intellectually and theologically challenging, $100 million summer blockbuster? Who'd have imagined?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
There is so much that is right with this film and so much that is wrong, it is hard to know where to begin to evaluate the ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: low +3 out of -4..+4
January 1, 2000
Carl Sagan would have been proud of the film's scientific accuracy if he had lived to see the film through to its conclusion...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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