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The Day the Earth Stood Still Reviews

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November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 9, 2009
Robert Wise's original is well served by 20th Century Fox's popcorny but respectful update, a sturdy, entertaining sci-fi actioner.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2009
The sort of movie that will do a perfectly acceptable job of filling an evening that otherwise might be empty (or, God forbid %u2013 one that cries out for reading a good book).
Read More | Original Score: 71/100
April 7, 2009
Sincere attempt ... to make a poignant blockbuster that will satisfy an audience used to the very different creative prerogatives that surge through Hollywood today.
Full Review | Original Score: 60/100
January 31, 2009
A highly entertaining and gripping sci-fi thriller with brains.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 19, 2009
...an ideal example of what a contemporary remake should look like...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 8, 2009
Derrickson and his team take a much-loved sci-fi classic and, even if they can't improve on the original, at least rework it in intriguing ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 26, 2008
A serviceable remake with the B-movie roots still showing proudly in the clunky dialogue, though lacking some of the original's eerie power.
December 17, 2008
We left the theatre feeling that we had spent a satisfying evening at the movies, but in retrospect I wish the screenwriters had tweaked the story's sophistication as much as they did the technical effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 12, 2008
t's really true to the tone of the 1951 original, that two people running around talking about philosophical concepts with a stranger. They are doing the talky drama.
December 12, 2008
[It] is passable, [but] it is not great science fiction. It will feed your sense of wonder but it has so many plot holes it leaves you wishing it were better.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2008
You could almost swear the Obama campaign had some sort of hand in making the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 12, 2008
Solemn, sober and efficient, The Day the Earth Stood Still gets the job done and moves on.
December 12, 2008
Far superior to the silly robot in a silver jumper B&W original.
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December 12, 2008
It's a decent enough stab at being what the old movie was to its time, following the same basic plot, full of respectful references to its model, updated with a gallery of fairly imaginative special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 12, 2008
Overall, this rehash, from the unheralded team of screenwriter David Scarpa and director Scott Derrickson, is better than expected, updating and revising its inspiration in often interesting ways.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 12, 2008
Keanu Reeves was clearly born to play Klaatu, the alien from another planet who visits Earth with a dire warning. The actor's blank facial expressions ensure he's a believable ET, and make this Scott Derrickson remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic a worthy r
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 12, 2008
The most important themes are deeply spiritual as well, stewardship, respect for the interdependence of all things, and hope.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 12, 2008
Even if you know the original by heart, the new Earth has a couple of surprises in store, although the message remains the same: Watch it, Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 12, 2008
The Day The Earth Stood is what you think it is: a serviceable remake that retains kernels of the original while turning up the heat to make for a popcorn-friendly sci-fi spectacle.
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