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Evolution Reviews

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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 18, 2001
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 12, 2001
Seems to have been made without a writer.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 8, 2001
Has more rear-end gags than a toga party at a proctology convention.
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June 8, 2001
I laughed -- but mostly to keep from getting depressed about the devolution of mainstream movies.
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
June 8, 2001
There's something weird, and it don't look good.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 8, 2001
Flat, rickety and enervated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 8, 2001
Feels like [the script] was cranked out to meet a deadline.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 8, 2001
It's refried comic beans that smell stale and smack of desperation.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 8, 2001
Most likely outcome: Extinction.
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 8, 2001
If you loved Ghostbusters, you'll hate this.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 8, 2001
Somewhat refreshingly aspiring to be nothing more than a disposable summer popcorn movie, this is a flick that delivers more smiles than laughs and has some wonderful special effects.
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Liz Braun
Toronto Sun
June 8, 2001
For a guy who has spent the better part of his career as the poster boy for towering intellect, David Duchovny is pretty damn funny.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
June 8, 2001
Reitman adopts a light, whimsical touch in his character scenes and doesn't allow the broader comic setups or the alien special effects to take over the movie.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 8, 2001
Reitman made this movie in 1984. It was called Ghostbusters.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 8, 2001
It's loud, silly and a bloated mess, but still twice as good as Pearl Harbor, because it puts you back on the street in half the time.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
June 8, 2001
Passable low comedy that at least manages to not send you out of the theater feeling depressed.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 8, 2001
Nowhere near as bad as most recent comedies; it has real laughs, but it misses real opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 7, 2001
It's skit comedy on a grand scale, but the juvenilia has a good-natured spirit, light years removed from the meanness that has entered comedy of late.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 7, 2001
Evolution is bad. How bad? Who cares? Do you ask how hot the fire is before running out of a burning building? No, you just run for safety.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
June 7, 2001
A fitfully funny sci-fi comedy.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 7, 2001
It's called Evolution, but the would-be comedy about an alien life form that crashes to Earth and spawns mutants with enormous sphincters is quite the devolution from Ghostbusters.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 7, 2001
The movie itself evolves in reverse, starting life as a moderately clever grab bag of high-concept noodling and half-witty badinage before descending into the primordial ooze of explosions and elaborate lower- intestinal gags.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
June 7, 2001
Evolution doesn't deserve to spawn sequels.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
June 7, 2001
An excruciating misfire.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 7, 2001
The film contains enough dull stretches to make you wonder whether Mr. Reitman has lost his touch -- or, in fact, if he ever really had one.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
June 7, 2001
Evolution amusing, not very involving.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 7, 2001
The movie itself, I'm sorry to report, is more devolution than evolution, a lazy lampoon that draws from grade-Z sci-fi and Reitman's own uproarious Ghostbusters.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
June 7, 2001
The following is a transcript of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman's pitch to investors about his new movie, which eventually would take the name Evolution. Actually, it's bogus, but it saved the reviewer some time and adjectives.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 7, 2001
Not as dumb as you might think.
| Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 7, 2001
Leaves the audience wondering if Hollywood has already been taken over by aliens who are trying to numb our minds with mediocre films like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 6, 2001
Visually witty and even marvelous when it comes to depicting the spectacular creatures.
Full Review | Original Score: B