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The Puppet Masters Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Attempts at detailed characterization don't work particularly well, and there's a love story that feels as forced as it is superfluous - although even that isn't as unnecessary as the film's final ten minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 30, 2006
About as nerve-wracking as a warm bath.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
February 9, 2006
There's no suspense (ETs rampage from the word go); no frissons (loud hailers telegraph the shocks); and it's insufficiently bright to be an hommage.
June 9, 2006
Lacked suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 30, 2004
A choppy, unsuspenseful succession of chases, melodramatic showdowns and routine special effects.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 11, 2007
...generally as far-fetched and overwrought as its 1950s sci-fi brethren.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
This movie is so wonderfully archaic and reminiscent of 1950s alien invasion stories that one cannot help but like it -- despite rather lacklustre directing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 28, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
The Puppet Masters occasionally lives up to its reputation, but the delay between story conception and celluloid conversion has clearly wilted its power and potential.
January 1, 2000
Ends up as listless and bloated as one of its dead alien visitors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Undiscriminating fans of the genre will probably not be terribly disappointed, but this is certainly familiar territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 24, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 6, 2009
Despite accomplished special effects and a coolly intelligent script, this paranoid thriller never follows through on its eerie promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
December 6, 2009
Only the most undiscriminating monster-pic buff will come away satisfied.
October 21, 1994
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Robert Heinlein's 1951 novel comes to the screen in a film that takes little time away from the main plot to develop its characters, but does strike home with a story of a hard-fought battle with a fairly alien and devious enemy.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
May 24, 2005
Not bad if you can get past the "Invasion of the Plot Snatchers" set-up.
| Original Score: 3/5
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