Close Encounters of the Third Kind Reviews

August 31, 2017
"Close Encounters" proves to be a magic act with dramatic interludes.
November 15, 2016
A film of incredible power and intensity. It is also, and ultimately, reassuring.
May 26, 2016
Time for another encounter.
May 25, 2016
It's a big ol' mess of a movie, but an extremely lovable one.
May 24, 2016
Spielberg's greatest work.
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 4, 2013
It must weather some bummy mid-passage exposition, but the movie survive its flaws triumphantly, evolving into a uniquely transporting filmgoing spectacle.
September 8, 2007
One of the great moviegoing experiences.
June 5, 2007
This is dopey Hollywood mysticism all right, but thanks to considerable craft and showmanship, it packs an undeniable punch.
June 5, 2007
A daring film concept which in its special and technical effects has been superbly realized.
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.
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.
July 11, 2002
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unquestionably a great movie.
June 27, 2001
Saturated with imagery that fascinates, terrifies, and utterly consumes the viewer with the desire to discover the secret that's eating away at the on-screen characters.