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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
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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
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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
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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
October 22, 2010
It is depressing to watch an expensive, crafty movie that never soars beyond its cold desire to score the big bucks.
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Paul Taylor
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 4, 2007
An old-fashioned scary movie set in a highly realistic sci-fi future, made all the more believable by expert technical craftmanship.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 4, 2007
An empty-headed horror movie with nothing to recommend it beyond the disco-inspired art direction and some handsome, if gimmicky, cinematography.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
A genuine fright classic.
| Original Score: A
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
These things no longer surprise or tantalize us as they once did. In a very short time, science-fiction films have developed their own jargon that's now become a part of the grammar.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 7, 2005
Alien will upset your mind and upset your stomach.
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Glenn Abel
Hollywood Reporter
February 5, 2004
Alien looks amazing, almost like a new film.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
January 15, 2004
Ridley Scott's new cut won't change the way people think about the movie, but it reinforces the film's strengths without alienating the series' biggest fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 15, 2004
Ridley Scott's 1979 movie is a great original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 29, 2003
It's a most satisfying return to one of the few sci-fi films that deserves to be called a masterpiece.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 9, 2003
Besides Weaver and Skeritt, the top-notch ensemble includes two of Britain's best actors -- Ian Holm, as the untrustworthy science officer, and John Hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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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
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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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November 1, 2003
The scariest movie in history is actually a bit shy.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 30, 2001
Where 2001 and Close Encounters suggested that humanity would bring its best impulses and brightest hopes beyond the clouds, Alien served as a reminder that its worst fears would also be part of the package.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The way [Ridley] Scott meticulously raises the sense of menace and tension is worthy of Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 1979
In space, the famous tagline went, no one can hear you scream. In Alien, you can hear lessons for the sci-fi future in a great milestone from the recent past.
Full Review | Original Score: A