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

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Reviews

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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.
January 12, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 24, 2003
Has just not held up.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
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.
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 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
September 8, 2007
One of the great moviegoing experiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 11, 2002
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unquestionably a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 11, 2002
A thrilling adventure story and a brilliant example of the art and craft of movie making.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 22, 2010
Suspenseful, thoughtful alien-encounter classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
April 17, 2005
Spielberg answers the "Are we alone?" question in fine form.
| Original Score: 5/5
May 24, 2016
Spielberg's greatest work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
June 5, 2007
This is dopey Hollywood mysticism all right, but thanks to considerable craft and showmanship, it packs an undeniable punch.
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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