Close Encounters of the Third Kind Reviews

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July 26, 2019
A pseudo-mystical story that turns out to be boring, poorly constructed, and too long. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 12, 2019
I think what really struck me this time around was its commentary on media and communication.
April 4, 2018
Alas, beneath the visual hanky-panky stretches a thin, hackneyed plot that was done to death in the SF magazines and third-rate films of the Fifties.
September 14, 2017
What the film is 'about', in a way, is its own illusionism, the process by which it creates a world we are invited to share.
September 8, 2017
40 years after the film's release, the only thing that's aged is me.
August 31, 2017
Spielberg's wondrous movie has remained its own thing, which is something of a miracle.
August 31, 2017
"Close Encounters" proves to be a magic act with dramatic interludes.
November 15, 2016
A film of incredible power and intensity. It is also, and ultimately, reassuring.
May 26, 2016
Time for another encounter.
May 25, 2016
It's a big ol' mess of a movie, but an extremely lovable one.
May 24, 2016
Spielberg's greatest work.
June 16, 2015
Obviously [Spielberg] had a ball with Close Encounters, and his pleasure in tinkertoying it together makes it enjoyable, mildly funny and -- in one sequence -- even credible.
August 22, 2014
[Spielberg's] new movie is richer and more ambitious than Jaws, and it reaches the viewer at a far more profound level than Star Wars.
August 22, 2014
The story of a cosmic visitation among ordinary folk-turned-obsessives, Spielberg's masterpiece is that rare blockbuster -- at once grown-up, yet full of fairytale, childlike wonder.
August 4, 2013
It must weather some bummy mid-passage exposition, but the movie survive its flaws triumphantly, evolving into a uniquely transporting filmgoing spectacle.
August 4, 2013
The special effects are spectacular, John Williams's score is emotionally charged, nouvelle vague director Franois Truffaut makes an elegant UFO expert and it's impossible not to get caught up in the protracted climax.
August 4, 2013
Another classic from Spielberg's most fertile period.
April 19, 2013
In Spielberg, the cosmic has dinner-table consequences.
August 22, 2011
A film of visual awe, but it's not much of a human story. Close Encounters is a terrific bit of imagineering, but ultimately is a minor work in the Spielberg filmography.
December 22, 2010
Suspenseful, thoughtful alien-encounter classic.
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