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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Reviews

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 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.
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
August 4, 2013
Unchecked goodness has its price, after all, and childhood wonder wouldn't be nearly as sweet if it didn't fade. That may explain the film's appeal. It trapped that feeling, and its sense of possibility, in amber -- then, now, and for any time.
February 15, 2011
An appealing film this new one is, with some charm, some glee in the childrens' triumphs, some share in their friendship with E.T.
June 4, 2007
More than the work of any other filmmaker, Spielberg's output seems uniquely designed to induce in me this queasy false-memory syndrome.
June 4, 2007
On inherent merit, the movie would not warrant such a highly publicized re-release, but this is one of those films that transcends what's on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2007
A contemporary classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 4, 2007
Though marred by Spielberg's usual carelessness with narrative points, the film alternates sweetness and sarcasm with enough rhetorical sophistication to be fairly irresistible.
January 26, 2006
Although conclusively demonstrating Spielberg's preeminence as the popular artist of his time, E.T. finally seems a less impressive film than Close Encounters.
December 31, 2003
What E.T. does so well is to capture that moment in life when childhood seems to be slipping away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 24, 2002
[It] may become a children's classic of the space age.
July 9, 2002
A film that connects so beautifully to our sense of wonder and joy.
March 24, 2002
Viewers returning to it, as well as those discovering it, will find it an enduring children's film -- but one whose impact has diminished with the passage of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2002
If we approach with sympathy and curiosity, we will be rewarded with same. And our souls, not to mention our bicycles, will soar to the heavens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 24, 2002
The tenderness of the piece is still intact.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2002
A sophisticatedly sappy masterpiece.
March 23, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 23, 2002
We have yet to recover from his revelation: that there is nothing more real than sitting in your own back yard -- waiting for the unreal to come down, take a handful of candy, and fly you to the moon.
March 22, 2002
A masterpiece that deserves to be seen and appreciated on a big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 22, 2002
A sublime modern fairy tale, a movie that, if anything, looks subtler, darker, and more intimate now than it did when originally released.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 22, 2002
A magical film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 22, 2002
Steven Spielberg's masterful film has lost none of its power to sweep the viewer away in the most 'excellent' late-20th century boy's adventure one could hope for.
January 1, 2000
Spielberg left it open for all of us. That's the sign of a great filmmaker: He only explains what he has to explain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4