Contact Reviews

July 18, 2018
Despite its lineage and some impressive special effects, Contact is a disappointingly earthbound production, weighed down by the ballast of talking-heads dramaturgy and bloated storytelling.
February 28, 2018
If Contact is disappointingly soft in the head, it can also enthrall. Zemeckis is such a potent imagemaker that he is capable, for long stretches at a time, of sweeping you up in his vision.
September 7, 2011
February 16, 2011
Something like one of those mysterious asteroids that get the astronomers all worked up: a large body of gaseous matter surrounding a relatively small core of solid substance.
March 26, 2009
Like Jodie Foster's hopeful space voyager in the picture, "Contact" may not travel quite as far as it hopes to go, but the trip is worth taking nonetheless.
June 9, 2007
Begins with a big bang, gradually falls into a lull and finally succumbs to entropy.
June 8, 2007
Contact takes forever to lift off.
Top Critic
June 8, 2007
When Contact finally comes alive, it leaves you frightened and thrilled and emotionally overwrought, as only a child can be. The rest is pandering.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Features heavy-handed exposition, repetitive, maudlin flashbacks, uneven performances and endless sermonising.
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.