Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Reviews

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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
November 15, 2016
To get to the bottom line with minimum delay, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a terrific movie, with every possibility of equaling the box office popularity of Star Wars.
Peter Bradshaw
May 26, 2016
Time for another encounter.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
May 25, 2016
It's a big ol' mess of a movie, but an extremely lovable one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 24, 2016
Spielberg's greatest work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Clancy Sigel
The Spectator
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.
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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
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.
Ali Catterall
Total Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
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.
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
August 4, 2013
The special effects are spectacular, John Williams's score is emotionally charged, nouvelle vague director François Truffaut makes an elegant UFO expert and it's impossible not to get caught up in the protracted climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

August 4, 2013
Another classic from Spielberg's most fertile period.
Josh Larsen
April 19, 2013
In Spielberg, the cosmic has dinner-table consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 5, 2008
perhaps, my favourite alien movie ever
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
November 11, 2007
Though made the same year, Spielberg's awe-inspiring sci-fi fable has held much better than Star Wars due to his sublime crafstmanship, which benefits from sharp imagery and F/X, and engaging story and charcaters, well-acted by Richard Dreyfuss and others
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 13, 2007
It plays out as a film buff's idea of what a UFO sighting would be like if it could be a cross between a Disney theme park and a 1970s light show at a disco.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 8, 2007
One of the great moviegoing experiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
This is dopey Hollywood mysticism all right, but thanks to considerable craft and showmanship, it packs an undeniable punch.
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A.D. Murphy
June 5, 2007
A daring film concept which in its special and technical effects has been superbly realized.
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David Pirie
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The first film in years to give its audiences a tingle of shocked emotion that is not entirely based either on fear or on suspense.
Scott Weinberg
April 17, 2005
Spielberg answers the "Are we alone?" question in fine form.
| Original Score: 5/5
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