E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

1982, Sci-fi/Adventure, 1h 55m

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Playing as both an exciting sci-fi adventure and a remarkable portrait of childhood, Steven Spielberg's touching tale of a homesick alien remains a piece of movie magic for young and old. Read critic reviews

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After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

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Audience Reviews for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

  • Oct 22, 2016
    Honestly it's Spielberg's most overrated film. However technically proficient the filmmaking may be the sentimentality is cloying and emotionally manipulative.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2016
    So I just rewatched this movie after not seeing it in a very long time. This is one of the greatest movies ever made. Truly reminds me of the magic of cinema.
    Joey T Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2015
    "E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial" is an amazing Family movie. "E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial" has an amazing story, great acting and pretty good special effects. This movie is an extremely entertaining movie to watch. There are a few issues with this movie one being people over-reacting and another being some unanswered questions. Despite those issues "E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial" is a fun family movie and I give it a 9/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2015
    One of the greatest films ever made. Emotional roller coaster throughout the film. One of the few movies to ever make me cry. Without question should be watched by everyone more not just once but multiple times.
    Kameron W Super Reviewer

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