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

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Reviews

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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 7, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 31, 2017
"Close Encounters" proves to be a magic act with dramatic interludes.
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.
May 26, 2016
Time for another encounter.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 25, 2016
It's a big ol' mess of a movie, but an extremely lovable one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2016
Spielberg's greatest work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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 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.
April 19, 2013
In Spielberg, the cosmic has dinner-table consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
December 22, 2010
Suspenseful, thoughtful alien-encounter classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 5, 2008
perhaps, my favourite alien movie ever
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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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