Critics Consensus

Schizophrenic in subject and lackluster in execution, Outlander might have trouble finding the cult audience for which it was built.



Total Count: 62


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User Ratings: 46,859
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Movie Info

When an extraterrestrial spaceship comes crashing down to Earth during the reign of the Vikings, the Scandinavian plunderers get set to do battle with a most unusual enemy in director Howard McCain's earthbound science fiction thriller. Jim Caviezel, Jack Huston, and Sophia Myles star in a film scripted by director McCain in collaboration with screenwriter Dirk Blackman. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Outlander

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (39)

  • Daft, obvious but hugely enjoyable, 'Outlander' is superior trash.

    Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • Sadly, the kooky premise of Outlander solidifies quickly into formula: monster is fought, fair maiden won, kingship gained and past errors redeemed with no real surprises along the way.

    Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • We are now deep, deep, deep into nerd territory, so deep you will get a nosebleed in your diving suit.

    Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As the ginger offspring of a Ridley Scott/Peter Jackson gangbang, Outlander is a wannabe B movie classic that's so shit, it's just... shit!

    Apr 24, 2009
  • An unexpectedly enjoyable science-fiction adventure that should be generating louder fanboy buzz than it has so far.

    Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Outlander is a cheesy, low-budget, space alien Viking monster movie. And seemingly proud of it.

    Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Outlander

  • Dec 22, 2012
    The film deserves a cult following its exile onto the DVD market. The film has a guilty pleasure quality that will deliver fun for genre fanatics. The film has more fun when it is showcasing its monster destroying people. The issue arises when attempting to create a back story for our lead character. I don't understand how the creature survived the crash and it always sits with me while I attempt to watch the film. The problem with the film is cross of genres which commonly are the problem with these high concept films. The studio clearly had no idea how to promote the film and left it rot on DVD. The film has major flaws and has plot holes but don't underestimate how much fun can be seen here. If you enjoy monster movies then you'll find something here
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2012
    There is some interesting tinkering with the Beowulf story, but its still full of boring characters and action cliches.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2012
    A technologically advanced race crash lands in Norway in the time of the Vikings and the survivor must make his way amongst that notoriously bloodthirsty lot, but that's not the big problem. The big problem was that the ship carried a voracious badass predator beastie from another world and now its loose. An interesting low tech sci-fi with Viking style blood and guts and viscera.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2011
    Taking a strong lead from 'Alien 3' and 'The Relic' methinks with this one, quite a good action flick none the less but it starts out quite drab and lifeless with little on offer. The cast is lifted with the presence of Hurt and Caviezel is strong as the hero but the rest of the cast can't really compare and come across rather cliched and unoriginal. Its an odd plot really as it appears to be set way back in time as the hero from another planet crash lands on earth in the year 709AD amongst viking warriors?! Once you overcome that subplot you get a kind of 'Pathfinder' meets 'Highlander' romp which slowly melts into 'The Relic' with a large beastie that moves and see's much like a Giger Alien from 'Alien 3'. One such scene in the caves towards the finale is pretty much a dead ringer for the corridor sequences in Alien 3. Quite a bit of blood n gore as viking males get torn apart by a reasonable looking alien creature, kinda like a large neon lion with more teeth. Effects are standard CGI fare and nothing special but the flashback sequence to Caviezel's home world is a nice looking animation. Not bad, good fun with a few flaws and oddities like why the viking folk don't seem too surprised by the strangely dressed short haired stranger in their midst. And why Caviezel's alien species appears to be completely identical to the human race, I guess it could happen perhaps. Its a decent sci-fi/period/monster flick which is worthy of a viewing despite being a complete rip off of various other better sci-fi movies.
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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