District 9 Reviews

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May 16, 2019
Copley is never a believable protagonist, and his transformation isn't very believable. About the only interesting cast members are the CGI aliens.
June 14, 2016
It has become almost impossible to make a sci-fi film these days that doesn't spend its last 30 minutes in a multiple-orgasm roar of screaming, shooting and shattering explosions.
June 17, 2015
The storytelling method is all jitter and no pulp.
June 17, 2015
A moderately entertaining slice of sci-fi action that doesn't really work as idea-driven drama.
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 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.
June 29, 2013
Ghee whiz, how abusive can you get with a movie camera?
June 22, 2013
This is an excellent idea searching for a film worthy of it. This ain't it.
September 4, 2009
This film has the enervating quality of a wet Tuesday in the arcade.
September 4, 2009
Intriguing but ultimately jejune space-bug yarn
August 20, 2009
It has some terrific thrills and it's probably worth a video rental, but overall it's yet another case of action over ideas and messages over emotions.
August 17, 2009
Has some original moments but overall it fails to impress.
August 16, 2009
...A fascinating opening hooks you completely....And then, [director Neil] Blomkamp and his cohort[co-writer Terri Tatchel] run out of original ideas.
August 16, 2009
It's a bore.
August 14, 2009
Artsy vertigo, racial profiling from outer space, black on prawn violence, Nigerian gangsters into cannibalistic health food diets, and inter-species creature sex for sale. And no, I did not have sex with that alien.
August 14, 2009
The backstory beats the hell out of the present-tense plot, a routine affair in which a well-meaning doofus working for the Man is infected with a virus, starts turning into an alien himself, and falls in with the oppressed creatures.
August 14, 2009
Is there anyone--prawn or human--that we in the audience are prompted to care about?
August 14, 2009
The movie falls into the same uneasy category as Eight Legged Freaks: too tongue-in-cheek to be thrilling, not funny enough to be a comedy.
August 14, 2009
The film all but gets away from [the director] as battles take over and opportunities to explore the story as more than the sum of its weapons disappears.
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