Cocoon

1985

Cocoon (1985)

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Critic Consensus: Though it may be too sentimental for some, Ron Howard's supernatural tale of eternal youth is gentle and heartwarming, touching on poignant issues of age in the process.

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This comic fantasy is the story of some elderly folks who encounter aliens when they find a swimming pool filled with large pods that possess the power to restore youth and vitality. Now they have to choose between eternal life or the acceptance of their own impending death.

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Critic Reviews for Cocoon

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

An amiable, life-affirming fantasy-comedy about the rejuvenation of crotchery oldsters whose main distinction is offering roles to senior actors like Don Ameche (who won an Oscar), Hume Cronyn, and Jessica Tandy

Aug 6, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Variety
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Cocoon weaves a mesmerizing tale.

Jun 4, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
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Director Ron Howard brings a quality of gentleness and whimsy to the performances, but basically this is a highly calculated project brought in by those two old pros, producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown.

Jun 4, 2007 | Full Review…

Essentially, this is sci-fi with a heart, albeit one made entirely of cheese.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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It has no real competition as this season's reigning fairy tale.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5

... much of the beauty of Cocoon... has to do with its deft, loving observation of the things of this Earth.

Mar 24, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cocoon

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This 1980s sci-fi comedy doesn't really try to make you think it could be about a deadly alien invasion or serious threats to our old-timer protagonists. It is just trying to have a good time with the idea of a few elderly people feeling young again thanks to the cocoons retrieved from the bottom of the sea and stored in a pool. Of course things get exciting anyway, as the keepers of the cocoons are trying to take them home into space. It is still a feel-good movie through and through. In its best moments it oozes the same kind of movie magic that made the Spielberg films of the era so special. In its less outstanding scenes, the film drags on a little and the special effects just didn't age that well. That doesn't change the fact that it is fun to witness the charming cast's adventure even after all those years.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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I'm really surprised this isn't as well known as other, similar films like Close Encounters, as this is a cutesy and heart warming story of not only growing up, but growing old. A great cast that carries the piece very well and makes you want to run up and hug them. To top it off, it has an amazing and satisfying end.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

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Cute.

Christian C
Christian C

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Magical and underrated, this wonderful sci-fi story still gives me goosebumps. I know many don't love it as much as I do, but there's just something about it that has me captivated every time. One thing is the amazing music score, which some of you may note has been re-employed in the trailers for J.J Abrams' Super 8. Another is the cast, who are all very endearing in the characters they portray. Finally, I'd also like to give credit to the special effects team, who really did the best job possible with the technology available at the time. The ending especially is quite spectacular. Not a film for everyone, but in my book it counts as one of the best "alien visitation" films ever made. A delightful, although bittersweet experience, that has truly stood the test of time.

Mike S
Mike S

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