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The Day the Earth Stood Still Reviews

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Neil Pond
American Profile
September 28, 2011
The world doesn't actually stand still. The corners of Keanu Reeves' mouth, his eyebrows and most of his other facial features, however, remain motionless for almost two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christine Champ
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2014
Poor Keanu Reeves. Imagine taking the role of an emotionless extra terrestrial, and having people applaud such ingenious casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK
December 12, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 10, 2008
This Earth could have moved if they had embraced the heart of Starman. Too bad they settled for a half-hearted Independence Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 12, 2008
I hate myself for sitting through the entire film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Ali Gray
October 14, 2012
The Day The Earth Stood Still is a missed opportunity for sure - you'll leave the cinema not enlightened or entertained, but wondering just how mankind's last stand could wind up being so fatally underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 11, 2008
All this is presented in an expensive, good-looking film that is well-made by Scott Derrickson, but to no avail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
December 12, 2008
Remaking a movie is easy. Engineering a good remake is difficult. One key quality that separates the two is inspiration, and that's a characteristic not to be found in 2008's The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 12, 2008
"The Day the Earth Stood Still" doesn't lack heart. It's surprisingly sincere. No, the human quality it could use a bit more of is humor.
| Original Score: 2/4
December 12, 2008
If you're looking for chuckles this holiday season, bypass the miserably unfunny Four Christmases and go where the real comedy is -- The Day the Earth Stood Still, a clumsy, moronic remake of Robert Wise's brilliant 1951 classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 11, 2008
In one eye and out the other, the sullen remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still airlifts certain story details straight from its source material.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 12, 2008
Where the original film was unpretentious, this version, with Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, is insufferably full of itself, an X-Files episode pumped up to pseudo-cosmic proportions.
William Goss
December 17, 2009
As a flashy big-budget distraction, Stood Still is adequate overall -- rarely above, occasionally below -- and often familiar in its spectacle.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 15, 2008
Sci-fi fans of the first 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' will probably experience more than a moment's worth of discomfort, but this remake is not horrible.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
An entirely unnecessary and unremarkable remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
September 18, 2009
Now we know what happens when the Earth slows below 55 mph and stands still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anders Wotzke
August 1, 2009
Those next to me in the cinema staring blankly at the screen gave a remarkably similar performance to that of Reeves without even being aware of it.
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 12, 2008
...Reeve is very straight forward and unemotional, more like the "robot Ted" from "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey" then a highly sophisticated "visitor."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
December 11, 2008
As it becomes clear, too early in the game, that Klaatu's executioner's song is really a didactic bluff, 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' loses its urgency and much of its raison d'Ítre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
Scott Mendelson
March 10, 2010

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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