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Alien Trespass Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 3, 2009
This lazy effort gets points only for truly loving -- perhaps to a fault -- the cheapo creature flicks of the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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New York Post
April 3, 2009
Alien Trespass, with a rating notice that mentions 'brief historical smoking,' is at least better than last year's official remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 3, 2009
It's a satire without laughs, a parody without punch lines, a careful copy that replicates everything except the original's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 3, 2009
It's comfy. It's kitschy. There are lovely enticements but also much that is simply put and beautifully, beguilingly silly.
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
April 3, 2009
While there's a lot to admire, it all feels like an engaging though needless academic exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
April 3, 2009
Sinks under the weight of its homage.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 3, 2009
How much you enjoy this strange picture depends on two things: Your appreciation of the genre that is being feted here, and the enthusiasm of the audience that you view it with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 3, 2009
By the time the tedious proceedings reach their conclusion, one has long begun wishing for a little Mel Brooks-style comic anarchy.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 3, 2009
A charmingly sentimental but ultimately pointless homage to the sci-fi classics of yesteryear.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 2, 2009
While Alien Trespass stays true to the era and the genre, it forgets that its mission in this galaxy is not merely to pay tribute but to entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 2, 2009
Alien Trespass, which opens Friday on the heels of the witty Monsters vs. Aliens, feels like an also-ran.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 2, 2009
Bewildered? You won't be alone.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 2, 2009
Alien Trespass, an affectionate tribute to flying saucer movies, treats the clichés of drive-in sci-fi with touching naïveté. So why isn't it more fun?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jan Stuart
Washington Post
April 2, 2009
Those who fondly recall The Blob would seem to be the target crowd for a fastidious pastiche that attempts to coax laughs by maintaining a poker face.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 2, 2009
There's no shortage of either the originals or imitators, so why make Alien Trespass, a send-up of second-shelf '50s sci-fi so straight-faced, it could almost pass as the real thing?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
April 2, 2009
Robert Patrick and Dan Lauria add gravitas as two small town cops, which says it all.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 2, 2009
Alien Trespass could be the latest bulletin from Mystery Science Theatre 3000 except that we're the silhouetted heads and the filmmakers are sitting right there next to us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 2, 2009
At a certain point you find yourself thinking, why not watch the real It Came From Outer Space, instead of this mildly amusing replica?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 2, 2009
Alien Trespass earns some style points, but the substance is Dullsville.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 2, 2009
Here is a movie more suited to ComicCon or the World Science Fiction Convention than to your neighborhood multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 1, 2009
That warm tone, along with the picture's bright, saturated, anti-CGI look, is a welcome respite from jokes, irony, and the postmodern malaise of know-it-all-ness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 1, 2009
What's most admirable about Alien Trespass is its bypassing of the wink-wink condescension that usually defines screen flashbacks to the Eisenhower era. Its problem is the absence of any detectable personality in place of that wink.