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Alien Reviews

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Ernest Leogrande
New York Daily News
May 25, 2016
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
May 4, 2016
There have also been digital restorations and improvements to the original film's negative and sound mix, but the best thing about this rerelease is simply the opportunity to see the awesome Alien in theatres again.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ted Whitehead
The Spectator
June 30, 2015
It's tempting to describe the brilliantly staged scenes of horror and surprise but it would be a shame not to allow the film to reveal its own secrets, enough to say that the tension is savage and you are held in suspense right up to the end frames.
Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 30, 2015
A sci-fi thriller of palpable, nerve-tingling tension, with Sigourney Weaver -- playing warrant officer Ellen Ripley -- in stunning form.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
June 30, 2015
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
June 30, 2015
Bloody brilliant.
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
June 30, 2015
Still one of the creepiest, scariest, most shocking films ever.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 30, 2015
it never feels dated and holds up remarkably well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 7, 2014
Director Ridley Scott's "Alien" is a near masterpiece with many imitators and zero superiors.
Derek Tse
Jam! Movies
October 15, 2014
This 1979 horror-sci-fi masterpiece still holds up remarkably well on the big screen, a testament to the skill of director Ridley Scott.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
This revolutionary "haunted house in space" thrill-ride is the classic business, stunning you with shock after shock, even when the fascinating monster is exposed in all its hideous glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
August 2, 2013
If you want cinematic kicks, Ridley Scott's massively successful Alien will give you them in profusion.

Total Film
October 10, 2012
Look as hard as you like, you won't spot a single flaw, even though the film's had 24 years to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 13, 2012
A perfect roller coaster blend of horror and science fiction. Sigourney Weaver was an amazing discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 11, 2012
In a century of sci-fi/horror hybrids, few if any movies do such a good job at reaching the absolute highest peaks of both halves of that equation as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Josh Larsen
May 31, 2012
...a seminal feminist action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 2, 2012
Alien has power, elicits terror, and the acid blood scars your consciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
October 28, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/4

June 1, 2011
It remains a benchmark of extra-terrestrial horror, and gave us a bona fide A-list star in the shape of Sigourney Weaver.
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