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

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Reviews

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Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
January 12, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 24, 2003
Has just not held up.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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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.
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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.
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
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 11, 2002
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unquestionably a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 11, 2002
A thrilling adventure story and a brilliant example of the art and craft of movie making.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 3, 2002
Despite finding the ending to be a little anticlimactic, I still enjoyed this movie very much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Definitive cut of director Steven Spielberg's masterpiece isn't just great science fiction: It's great art.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 17, 2005
Spielberg answers the "Are we alone?" question in fine form.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 24, 2016
Spielberg's greatest work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
May be the greatest film ever made about the meeting of the rational and the mystical.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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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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.
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A.D. Murphy
Variety
June 5, 2007
A daring film concept which in its special and technical effects has been superbly realized.
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 18, 2001
...a masterful motion picture all around...where the interactions of its characters are equally important as the wizardry of the special effects.
| Original Score: 10/10
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