Contact Reviews

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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 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.
January 17, 2008
With all the science and technology, Zemeckis and the writers made room for spiritual debates (some of them painfully slight), political commentary, and a strangely tepid and inert romance...
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.
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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.
June 8, 2007
The result is a film far too cold-blooded for summer audiences.
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June 24, 2006
Features heavy-handed exposition, repetitive, maudlin flashbacks, uneven performances and endless sermonising.
November 4, 2005
Foster's voyage is an astronomical letdown, largely because Zemeckis' ideas of heaven and earth don't extend beyond what can be envisioned as a celluloid event.
June 28, 2004
The story doesn't always do justice to the mind-bending visual opening of Robert Zemeckis' movie, which features Jodie Foster as an annoyingly intense scientist.
May 14, 2003
Even the computer generated graphics are a bad fit.
September 10, 2002
You've got some great moments and an intriguing, haunting last act, but most of the movie isn't very exceptional.
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.
April 12, 2002
Contact, which aims for awe, ends up with piffle.
January 1, 2000
Faithful to Sagan's brand of popularized science, the film never reaches beyond Hollywood spectacle and sentimentality.
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.
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
The movie's CNN strategy, whereby credibility is measured in TV exposure, proves fatal, often throwing the proceedings into a laughable tailspin.
January 1, 2000
Far more mundane than its aspirations to cosmic insights might have produced.
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.
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