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District 9 Reviews

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August 25, 2014
District 9 made me think, and it made me jump. This cool science-fiction thriller pumps up the tension to wow-factor levels.
August 25, 2014
It's too uneven and juvenile to deliver on its ambitions, and could easily be 20 minutes shorter (a dozen fewer shots of CGI goo hitting the lens would have sufficed), but it's ultimately too blazingly unique to not recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2014
This extraordinary science-fiction thriller doesn't settle into a standard Tinseltown orbit. Instead, it sets its astonishing thrills and action in South Africa.
August 25, 2014
District 9 is a brave attempt by first-time director Blomkamp and well worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2014
Blomkamp seems to want to invoke the memory of South African apartheid into the confusion, but he doesn't know how. Thus it remains largely a noisy action picture, barely different from all the stuff Hollywood keeps churning out.
August 25, 2014
I applauded the splattergore moments and felt oddly touched by the emotional connection created to the prawns. Go see this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 25, 2014
It's remarkable for a first-time feature film director to keep a tight rein on all these elements and meld them with such dynamism and style.
August 25, 2014
This remains a textbook example of fantasy cinema's ability to tackle thorny moral issues while splattering the screen with gloopy creature effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2014
District 9 has so much potential and seems ready to engage with so many ideas that it's disappointing when it turns out to be nothing more than a decent action movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 25, 2014
One of the sharpest pieces of sci-fi since Star Trek kicked off the season.
August 4, 2013
If the basic idea is provocative, District 9 never lives up to the promise of its allegorical freight.
August 4, 2013
District 9's skid into rote convention is matched by a retreat from the documentary conceit that so expertly delivered us into this strange world in the first place.
August 4, 2013
This stunning mindbender of a movie attempts to prove that science fiction can handle the heftiest allegorical payloads, even the appalling shame of apartheid.
August 4, 2013
Every once in a great while -- perhaps only a handful of times each decade -- that rare film comes completely out of left field to let us know that there are still some original ideas out there, and that cinema can still be fresh and exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2013
Ghee whiz, how abusive can you get with a movie camera?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 22, 2013
This is an excellent idea searching for a film worthy of it. This ain't it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 29, 2012
Smart, funny, touching, thought-provoking and utterly insane in the action department, District 9 is 2009's most entertaining movie by a light year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 26, 2012
Despite its shortcomings, District 9 is an engaging sci-fi romp that features solid CGI work.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 17, 2011
District 9 has too many gory vaporizations to qualify as a serious statement on race relations, but it does outclank Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen by a wide margin, and you thrill to the cleanly cut action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2011
A rocking, rolling action drama about alien castaways that just want to go home, an evil corporation that wants to capitalize on them at any cost, and one man who freakishly gets caught in the middle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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