District 9 Reviews

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October 29, 2019
It's a genuinely impressive debut feature and unlike the singular experience of Cloverfield's faux-reality, District 9 has narrative, plus thematic weight and visceral thrills, which elevate it above the gimmick of the reality format.
October 9, 2019
It is without a doubt that District 9 will be a hit.
January 14, 2019
If someone asked me what I could offer them to convey the "mission statement" of science fiction, I would hand over a copy of District 9 without thought.
December 17, 2018
Part found footage (or just footage), part mockumentary, part satire and part action; Blomkamp pulls it into a coherent, moving, violent, sci fi allegory. Copley is terrific as Wikus moving from species-ist opportunist to a genuine if gormless redemption.
November 14, 2018
There are lots of great odd details filling the early scenes, suggesting we're not getting all the cultural references, that make for exciting film-watching.
November 14, 2018
The only thing saving the story is an astonishingly impressive performance from Copley. His every incarnation as Wikus-first as a cheerful, if incompetent suit, then as a pathetic xenophobe, to finally a self-sacrificing warrior-rings true.
November 14, 2018
I won't tell you to rush out and see it, but in these days of sequels and remakes, this was an interesting original.
January 2, 2018
Neill Blomkamp has made an instant science fiction classic. From beginning to end, the thrills magnify, intensify into a horrific drama that will live for the ages.
September 12, 2017
I don't know guys, at the end of the day it's aliens and hard for me to take this seriously.
August 11, 2017
It is a sign of intelligent filmmaking when those crafting the movie realize that less is more. Real artists show restraint.
June 17, 2015
The wonder is that despite its obvious roots, District 9 feels staggeringly original.
June 17, 2015
Blomkamp is good at mustering speedy action and posting grisly sight gags in the background, carnage always hovering comically at the edge of your vision. But I'm not sure that District 9 entirely gets the earthling racism out of its own system.
June 17, 2015
District 9 is almost wholly unique this year in combining fantastic action with thoughtful, narrative filmmaking.
June 17, 2015
One of the most original, breathtaking and downright electrifying movie experiences of 2009.
June 17, 2015
A gritty science-fiction film that features a population of humanoid crustacean-alien creatures [that] is far more grounded in reality than any of the current rom-coms currently unspooling in your neighbourhood multiplex.
June 17, 2015
District 9 grabs viewers from first frame to last, not only with viscera but genuine intelligence that's rare in any genre these days.
June 17, 2015
District 9 will appeal to science-fiction fans, but ultimately disappoint those looking for a deeper exploration of contentious issues.
June 17, 2015
Disturbingly powerful visual effects and a dark background score add to the film's appeal.
June 17, 2015
District 9 is a dark, surprising, exciting, whip-crack smart sci-fi thriller that grabs you from the beginning and never lets you go.
June 17, 2015
In using recent political history as the subtext for his story, Blomkamp is following in a long science-fiction tradition: illustrating mankind's persistent stupidity, even after we have supposed learned lessons.
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