District 9 Reviews

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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
The storytelling method is all jitter and no pulp.
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.
June 17, 2015
In a film season full of bombastic, over-the-top and insultingly stupid fare, District 9 proves that there is still life in the science fiction genre.
June 17, 2015
The creature design and prosthetics are astonishing. Throughout, cutting-edge technology is employed with a great amount of gusto.
June 17, 2015
Good science fiction is always about marrying entertainment with something deeper. District 9's shrewdly constructed story manages to be both plausible and out of this world, with lots of detail and subtle innovative quirks.
June 17, 2015
Audacious, original and absolutely gut-wrenching.
June 17, 2015
A moderately entertaining slice of sci-fi action that doesn't really work as idea-driven drama.
June 17, 2015
First-time director Neil Blomkamp smashes onto the filmmaking scene with his sharply original debut movie, delivering a fast-paced thriller packed full of gags and guts in the manner of his mentor, producer Peter Jackson.
August 25, 2014
It's a brashly confident debut, full of sharp, inventive detail (the prawns are crazy for cat food) and rooted in a couple of Big Ideas. Well worth the time, if not all of it.
August 25, 2014
For a movie rife with violence and disturbing imagery, District 9 has a guiding spirit that's surprisingly sweet and even hokey. But that's part of its charm.
August 25, 2014
Phone home, E.T., and while you're at it, you might ask for extraterrestrial help for the persecuted aliens being evacuated from District 9.
August 25, 2014
A smart sci-fi about a group of alien refugees who come to Earth and are imprisoned in an internment camp.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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