E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial


E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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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.



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Both a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that captures that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities (some wonderful, some awful), and the universe seems somehow separate from the one inhabited by grown-ups. Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back yard, he senses something mysterious in the woods watching him. And he's right: an alien spacecraft on a scientific mission mistakenly left behind an aging botanist who isn't sure how to get home. Eventually Elliott puts his fears aside and makes contact with the "little squashy guy," perhaps the least threatening alien invader ever to hit a movie screen. As Elliott tries to keep the alien under wraps and help him figure out a way to get home, he discovers that the creature can communicate with him telepathically. Soon they begin to learn from each other, and Elliott becomes braver and less threatened by life. E.T. rigs up a communication device from junk he finds around the house, but no one knows if he'll be rescued before a group of government scientists gets hold of him. In 2002, Steven Spielberg re-released E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in a revised edition, with several deleted scenes restored and digitally refurbished special effects. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Henry Thomas
as Elliott
Sean Frye
as Steve
Erika Eleniak
as Pretty girl
David O'Dell
as Schoolboy
Richard Swingler
as Science teacher
Frank Toth
as Policeman
Milt [Lewis] Kogan
as Medical Unit Member
Robert Barton
as Ultra sound man
David Berkson
as Medical Unit Member
David Carlberg
as Medical Unit Member
Rhoda Makoff
as Medical Unit Member
Robert Murphy
as Medical Unit Member
Richard Pesavento
as Medical Unit Member
Tom Sherry
as Medical Unit Member
Susan Cameron
as Medical Unit Member
Mary Stein
as Medical Unit Member
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Critic Reviews for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (126) | Rotten (2)

  • This is a real movie, with all those elements that have proved sure-fire through history; Laughter, tears, involvement, thrills, wonderment. Steven Spielberg also adds a message: Human beings and spacelings should learn to co-exist.

    Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Spielberg has crafted with warmth and humor a simple fantasy that works so superbly on so many levels that it will surely attract masses of moviegoers from all demographics.

    May 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Steven Spielberg's E. T., The Extra-Terrestrial is the best cinematic fairy tale since The Wizard of Oz.

    Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • E.T. ...comes to a beleaguered industry like a gift from the gods. Not only does it get bums on seats but it encourages the kind of shared enjoyment that suggests the cinema still has something unique to offer.

    Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

    Derek Malcolm

    Top Critic
  • The marvel of this extraordinary movie is that it captures for even the most jaded grownup that pleasurable state of innocence and awe that only children are fortunate enough to experience.

    Feb 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • E.T. is essentially a spiritual autobiography, a portrait of the filmmaker as a typical suburban kid set apart by an uncommonly fervent, mystical imagination. It comes out disarmingly funny, spontaneous, bighearted.

    Jul 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

  • Oct 22, 2016
    However technically proficient the filmmaking may be the sentimentality is cloying not enduring, and you know I'm right.
    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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