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Alien Reviews

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November 4, 2003
A lot of horror/thriller directors assume that people see a movie for the blood and guts. However, the splatter means nothing if we don't know the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 4, 2003
Though some of Scott's editing decisions in this new version are questionable -- one even violates continuity -- he has left the film's most suspenseful and chilling moments intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2003
A beautiful, quiet, and amazingly poetic film visually that lets its shots linger and build a mood of genuine isolation and dread.
November 3, 2003
One of the finest examples of the scary sci-fi genre, with its sequel, Aliens, being the absolute best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 2, 2003
What's most unusual about the original 24 years later, though, is its elegant minimalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 2, 2003
...a memorable (yet demonstrably erratic) landmark of the cinematic sci-fi field...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 2, 2003
It scares us despite our knowing what is coming.
November 1, 2003
A haunted-house movie set in space, Alien also has a profoundly existentialist undertow that makes it feel like a film noir -- the other genre to feature a slithery, sexualized monster as its classic villain.
November 1, 2003
It's a scream from another era that still echoes around us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 1, 2003
As for the new scenes, most of them don't really add too much. Even more, they aren't going to be all that new to anyone who's watched the wonderful collector's edition DVD that's currently available.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 1, 2003
It's all good, and just getting to see this freakin' frightening and visually stimulating flick on a big screen (especially for those who've never seen it in a theater) makes this well worth a trip to your homeworld multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 1, 2003
The scariest movie in history is actually a bit shy.
November 1, 2003
Widely imitated but never surpassed.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 1, 2003
The greatest science fiction horror film ever made.
November 1, 2003
The first half of the film is lyrical and dreamy but when it turns into a nightmare it's cold, dark and eerie.
October 29, 2003
Intriguing, sometimes scary.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 29, 2003
What makes Alien truly terrifying is Scott's vision of a future where the line between man and machine is disappearing.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 28, 2003
A crucial film, a unique meld of genuine science-fiction and hardcore horror.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 28, 2003
(The Director's Cut re-release) doesn't hold up as well as I'd anticipated, (but) the chest-bursting scene is still a seat-gripper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2003
A welcome re-release for Scott's classic sci-fi horror, with a couple of directorial tweaks for good measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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