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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.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 24, 2016
Spielberg's greatest work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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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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.
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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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The best -- the most elaborate -- 1950's science fiction movie ever made, a work that borrows its narrative shape and its concerns from those earlier films, but enhances them with what looks like the latest developments in movie and space technology.
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James Berardinelli
July 11, 2002
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unquestionably a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4