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The Day the Earth Stood Still Reviews

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Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
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).
| Original Score: 71/100
Jeffrey Bloomer
Paste Magazine
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
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 31, 2009
A highly entertaining and gripping sci-fi thriller with brains.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 19, 2009
...an ideal example of what a contemporary remake should look like...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Stratton
The Australian
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
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
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.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 12, 2008
Solemn, sober and efficient, The Day the Earth Stood Still gets the job done and moves on.
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
December 12, 2008
Far superior to the silly robot in a silver jumper B&W original.
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William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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-
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
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-
Katherine Monk
Canwest News Service
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
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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
Staci Layne Wilson
Sci-Fi Weekly
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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