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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Reviews

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September 12, 2017
It's connection, its life, and it's about feelings of love that tends to transcend species and stars.
September 11, 2017
With a touching relationship at the core of its compelling narrative, along with a brilliant score and nostalgic special effects, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial remains one of director Steven Spielberg's most beloved films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 3, 2017
It's a fantastical adventure with a grounding in the modern (circa 1982) world of suburbia, divorce, and adolescent anxiety, and E.T. is the ultimate imaginary playmate come to life.
March 9, 2017
What makes the movie a masterpiece is the intensely visceral way in which Spielberg conveys these children feeling adult emotions for the first time.
January 13, 2016
Without a doubt, I can say this is a masterpiece. [Full review in Spanish]
August 1, 2015
Spielberg would seem to be groping towards a virtual theology of space, space as Heaven, offering solace to a world which has foolishly renounced its traditional God but still aches to extend its own spiritual frontiers.
July 21, 2015
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.
June 29, 2015
Captivating, endearingly optimistic and magical at times, Steven Spielberg's fantasy about a stranded alien from outer space protected by three kids until it can arrange for passage home is certain to capture the imagination of the world's youth.
June 29, 2015
What's perhaps most amazing about E.T., what distinguishes it from many of the other fantasy films of its era, is its ability to put an audience under a spell of childlike wonderment without infantilizing it.
June 29, 2015
Spielberg's direction and Melissa Mathison's script never lose sight of the realistic, low center of gravity world of childhood, in which such marvelous adventures happen every day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2015
It holds up beautifully.
June 29, 2015
There are many big moments in E.T., but also plenty of magical small ones that make it work after all these years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 19, 2015
My heart still soars as Elliott goes airborne and pedals across the face of an impossibly full harvest moon on his bike.
June 19, 2015
The movie is emotionally tumultuous and evenhanded and serene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 19, 2015
It is a hugely enjoyable romp, but compellingly spiked throughout with little stabs of anxiety.
June 19, 2015
Time has done little to diminish the power of E.T.'s signature moments.
June 19, 2015
The film is full of funny scenes and magical moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 19, 2015
Though marred by Spielberg's usual carelessness with narrative points, the film alternates sweetness and sarcasm with enough rhetorical sophistication to be fairly irresistible.
May 20, 2014
E.T. remains Spielberg's finest demonstration of his ability to merge the feelings of suburban dissatisfaction - alienation, if you will - that permeates a lot of his work, with a unique sense of childhood wonder and imagination
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 4, 2013
It is the kind of film that young people are going to want to see again immediately after they've seen it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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