Alien Nation


Alien Nation

Critics Consensus

Alien Nation takes the interesting premise of extraterrestrials living among us and doesn't do enough with it, emphasizing a police procedural plotline over the more intriguing sci-fi elements.



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Average Rating: 3/5

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In 1988, Earth makes the first contact with an alien civilization. In 1991, these aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after three years of quarantine.

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Mandy Patinkin
as Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco
James Caan
as Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes
Terence Stamp
as William Harcourt
Kevin Howard
as Kipling
Kevyn Major Howard
as Rudyard Kipling
Leslie Bevis
as Cassandra
Peter Jason
as Fedorchuk
Jeff Kober
as Joshua Strader
Roger Aaron Brown
as Det. Bill Tuggle
Ed Krieger
as Alien Dealer
Tony Perez
as Alterez
Brian Thompson
as Trent Porter
Don Hood
as Moffet
Earl Boen
as Duncan Crois
Robert Starr
as Coroner's Attendant
Bobby Sargent
as Coroners Driver
Bebe Drake
as Computer Operator
Edgar Small
as Minkler
Tom De Franco
as Detective
Angela O'Neill
as Kristin Sykes
Kendall Conrad
as Mrs. Francisco
Tom Morga
as Raincoat
Jessica James
as Mrs. Porter
Tom Finnegan
as Natuzzi
Doug MacHugh
as Victor Goldrup
Alec Gillis
as Newcomer in Bar
Shûko Akune
as Police Secretary
Van Ling
as Newcomer #1 on TV
George Robotham
as Boat Captain
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Critic Reviews for Alien Nation

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (2)

  • Instead of exploring the differences and strangeness of the aliens, and giving them the kind of interesting particularity that "Blade Runner" did, Alien Nation can't domesticate and demystify its aliens quickly enough.

    May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • There are the requisite chase seens, the ingenious murder weapons, the evil propogators of greed andhate. And somehow they don't bury you. In the end, it's the wit and heart of Alien Nation that win you over.

    Dec 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • With the sci-fi and horror aspects toned down, Alien Nation becomes little more than a cop show with a twist-and one that will satisfy only the most gullible of action fans.

    Feb 18, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Uma idéia potencialmente instigante que acaba sendo desperdiçada por um roteiro tomado pelos clichês.

    Dec 31, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • Fascinating and somewhat timely themed sci-fi flick, a minor classic.

    Aug 10, 2006 | Rating: 5/5
  • Smart sci-fi premise should have made a better movie

    Nov 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Alien Nation

Whereas the premise is intriguing and the cultural differences between the two main characters are amusing for a while, soon the movie decides that it should be more action than sci-fi, imploding in an awful last half-hour full of car chases, stupid twists and ugly TV clichés.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed the hell out of this. Check out this premise: In the futuristic world of 1992, Aliens have landed and we've granted them citizenship in our society. When James Cann's partner is killed, he's teamed up with one of these Aliens to help solve the crime. That alien is played by Mandy Patinkin. From there it's a fairly standard buddy cop film, but with some really funny gags. Well worth checking it out.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

A great film. A fantastic mixture of science fiction, suspense, comedy and action. A genre-bending classic that you cant help but love. A wonderfully entertaining winner that's just a great buddy-cop movie with lots to offer. A great new twist on a familiar background. A smart, funny and action-packed thrill-ride with solid performances and great special effects. James Caan and Mandy Patinkin are excellent together with their unique and effective chemistry. One of the coolest sci-fi tales of the 80's decade with Terminator and Aliens.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

A race of alien beings known as newcomers crashland on Earth and become the newest immigrants in Los Angeles. When some of them are found executed a bigoted detective and his rookie newcomer sidekick investigate. Alien Nation is a buddy cop/sci-fi hybrid that contains a lot of the usual 80s action flick cliches; the burned out, alcoholic cop, gratuitous car chases and stranger in a strange land analogies are all very familiar. The sci-fi spin does give it all a little freshness however, and although the racial metaphor is a little clumsy, Caan and Patinkin's deadpan delivery show some decent chemistry together with some amusing odd couple comedy. Unfortunately the script is purely by the numbers including a couple of major plot elements that are just sci-fi mumbo jumbo. Terence Stamp also might as well have phoned in his performance as the villain leading up to a particularly weak conclusion which drags an otherwise entertaining film back down to mediocrity.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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