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Contact Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
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Newsweek
February 16, 2011
When it's good, it's very good. And when it's not, it can be as silly and self-important as a bad '50s sci-fi movie.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Washington Post
June 9, 2007
Begins with a big bang, gradually falls into a lull and finally succumbs to entropy.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
June 8, 2007
Contact takes forever to lift off.
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Sarah Kerr
Slate
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.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Features heavy-handed exposition, repetitive, maudlin flashbacks, uneven performances and endless sermonising.
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
An exhilarating adventure.
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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.
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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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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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
For an aspiring ultimate trip, Contact has a flimsy dramatic grip.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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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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Entertainment Weekly
July 11, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: B+