District 9 Reviews

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June 17, 2015
The wonder is that despite its obvious roots, District 9 feels staggeringly original.
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.
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.
July 6, 2010
What the sci-fi action flick District 9 lacks in famous faces it makes up for with sheer imagination.
September 7, 2009
You don't feel bamboozled, fooled, or patronized by District 9, as you did by most of the summer blockbusters. You feel winded, shaken, and shamed.
September 4, 2009
Perhaps we're witnessing a new dawn for politically engaged sci-fi and horror, with Blomkamp as a latter-day George Romero. Either way, this is a stunningly impressive debut.
September 4, 2009
A thundering blitzkrieg of seat-rattling entertainment with a sociopolitical message; a cerebral sci-fi and apartheid allegory that is as heavily armed with provocative ideas as it is with armour-piercing, tank-splattering torpedoes.
September 4, 2009
An entertaining, technically superb if faintly unsatisfying futuristic thriller.
September 4, 2009
Fiendishly plotted and with awesomely kinetic (and outrageously bloody) action scenes, Blomkamp announces himself in a major way, without letting the third act crescendo lose focus in a blur of noise.
September 4, 2009
This film has the enervating quality of a wet Tuesday in the arcade.
August 21, 2009
Copley's wild-eyed performance as the luckless Wikus has a lot going for it. The fact that he's so ridiculous -- and so dogged -- adds to the pathos, for it's patently clear Blomkamp has no taste for easy endings.
August 17, 2009
To call this the best shrimp-from-outer-space South African apartheid allegory ever made does not begin to do it justice. But it's a start.
August 17, 2009
This is a great movie.
August 17, 2009
What an achievement in filmmaking.
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
A bloody good time. One of the most original movies of the summer.
August 14, 2009
In this summer of gargantuan mediocrities, a modestly budgeted project with an actual idea in its head, and the wiles to manifest it onscreen, exploding heads and all -- that's something.
August 14, 2009
A memorable, monstrous fable that's consistently gripping.
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 wildest science-fiction film to come out all year.
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