Species

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Species shows flashes of the potential to blend exploitation and sci-fi horror in ingenious ways, but is ultimately mainly interested in flashing star Natasha Henstridge's skin.

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When government scientist Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) intercepts a space transmission containing the genetic sequence for an alien life form, he uses it to produce "Sil" (Natasha Henstridge) -- a gorgeous alien-human hybrid. As Fitch's team grows concerned at her rapid rate of growth, Sil wrecks the laboratory and begins a violent quest for a suitable male human to impregnate her. The U.S. government dispatches top assassin Preston Lennox (Michael Madsen) and a team of experts to stop her.

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Critic Reviews for Species

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (37)

  • It would be comforting to think that the genus Cinema Americana were guided by the principal of natural selection, but cloning and reversion seem, rather, to be the norm.

    December 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's a sex horror-fantasy without laughs or life, a nightmare without sense, a casual pickup that should have been left at the disco.

    December 3, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite its silly excesses of misogyny -- watch out for female sexuality, it'll kill ya! -- this absurdly exploitative sci-fi movie is not unpleasant to watch.

    December 3, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • In spite of all its unexplained and semiridiculous plot premises it works surprisingly well as a genre exercise, perhaps because, like Alien, it knows how to exploit misogynist biological and sexual anxieties for all they're worth.

    December 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Director Roger Donaldson and screenwriter Dennis Feldman show an unexpected flair for the exploitation form.

    December 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Roger Donaldson directs Species with a firm pace, and right up until the end he's in control of a most satisfying summer film.

    December 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Species

  • Jul 04, 2014
    A dumb but fun sci-fi thriller with boobies. Lots of it. And Forest Whitaker playing another crazy person. And Alfred Molina doing nothing. Actually, I don't anyone is doing anything while this runs but that's part of the cheesy charm of it.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2013
    Ben Kingsley's science experiment with alien DNA (explained in a dazzle of two sentences) escapes and terrorizes the male population of Los Angeles with copulation (Oh my!) in this not-too-serious blond creature feature with some A-list talent seriously wasted. C-grade entertainment.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2013
    Featuring Natasha Henstridge in her breakout role, Species is an interesting B-grade horror film. The story follows a genetics lab that puts together a task force in order to hunt down an escaped experiment that combined human and alien DNA. Co-starring Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Forest Whitaker, and Michelle Williams, most of the actors seem miscast and give rather weak performances; except for Henstridge whose limitations work to her favor in this role. However, the script is poorly written and isn't able to maintain much suspense. Yet despite its problems, Species still delivers some thrills and a few scares.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Species is easily one of the weirdest films i've layed my eyes on in a while. It has a great premise, a good cast and a big budget but the problem is it's never as exciting as it deservedly should be. Which is quite surprising considering it's intriguing and courageous story. Firstly, apart from a handful of shocks the film has no atmosphere whatsoever and suffers from wooden performances and a baggy final 20 minutes that leads up to a very unsuspenseful climax. However as stupid and flawed as it is the mash up of B movie creature conventions and erotic thriller overtones make for an interesting story with a sexy alien. It reminded me of Vincenzo Natali's recent picture, Splice, a film that I think is incredible, has depth, and quite possibly was inspired by the film. And that's good enough for me. It's a badly shot piece of trash, but it's so aware of itself, and sometimes funny, but always entertaining. You can't exactly say much about the film because it's reasonably unremarkable, but it's worth watching once if you want to pass an hour and 40 minutes. For what it's worth it deserves a marginal recommendation.
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