Alien (1979)

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Critic Consensus: A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole.

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"In space, no one can hear you scream." A close encounter of the third kind becomes a Jaws-style nightmare when an alien invades a spacecraft in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic. On the way home from a mission for the Company, the Nostromo's crew is woken up from hibernation by the ship's Mother computer to answer a distress signal from a nearby planet. Capt. Dallas's (Tom Skerritt) rescue team discovers a bizarre pod field, but things get even stranger when a face-hugging creature bursts out of a pod and attaches itself to Kane (John Hurt). Over the objections of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), science officer Ash (Ian Holm) lets Kane back on the ship. The acid-blooded incubus detaches itself from an apparently recovered Kane, but an alien erupts from Kane's stomach and escapes. The alien starts stalking the humans, pitting Dallas and his crew (and cat) against a malevolent killing machine that also has a protector in the nefarious Company. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
Rating: R (for sci-fi violence/ gore and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Written By: Dan O'Bannon
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All Critics (101) | Top Critics (23)

This is a screamingly spooky sci-fi tale with more than a few echoes of "The Thing" but echoes which enhance rather than detract.

Full Review… | May 25, 2016
New York Daily News
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Seen again a quarter-century later, we marvel at how the filmmaker generates so much tension and sweat with a bare minimum of moving parts.

Full Review… | June 30, 2015
Globe and Mail
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The limited strengths of its staple sci-fi horrors always derived from either the offhand organic/ Freudian resonances of its design or the purely (brilliantly) manipulative editing and pacing of its above-average shock quota.

Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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The most startling thing watching Alien again is its pacing. For the first 45 minutes, little happens. It's all slow, exquisite build-up, which makes the second half seem all the more horrific.

Full Review… | October 27, 2011
Seattle Times
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It is depressing to watch an expensive, crafty movie that never soars beyond its cold desire to score the big bucks.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
TIME Magazine
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The limited strengths of its staple sci-fi horrors always derived from either the offhand organic/ Freudian resonances of its design or the purely (brilliantly) manipulative editing and pacing of its above-average shock quota.

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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