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Alien Reviews

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
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.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 2, 2003
...a memorable (yet demonstrably erratic) landmark of the cinematic sci-fi field...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 2, 2003
It scares us despite our knowing what is coming.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 1, 2003
It's a scream from another era that still echoes around us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

E! Online
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
Top Critic
November 1, 2003
The scariest movie in history is actually a bit shy.
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
November 1, 2003
Widely imitated but never surpassed.
| Original Score: 4/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 1, 2003
The greatest science fiction horror film ever made.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
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.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 29, 2003
Intriguing, sometimes scary.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 29, 2003
What makes Alien truly terrifying is Scott's vision of a future where the line between man and machine is disappearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
October 28, 2003
A crucial film, a unique meld of genuine science-fiction and hardcore horror.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
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
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
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
Bryce Wilson
CinemaBlend.com
October 24, 2003
Perfection pure and simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 3, 2003
It still has the power to scare the life out of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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