Critics Consensus

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.



Total Count: 65


Audience Score

User Ratings: 49,583
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An alien comes to Earth to breed so that her kind can overtake the planet in this action-filled sci-fi film. She came in response to radio signals sent into space by scientists. The alien was engineered as a walking breeder in the shape of a beautiful blonde.

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Ben Kingsley
as Xavier Fitch
Michael Madsen
as Press Lennox
Alfred Molina
as Stephen Arden
Forest Whitaker
as Dan Smithson
Marg Helgenberger
as Laura Baker
Scott McKenna
as Train Hobo
Jayne Luke
as Snack Shop Clerk
David K. Schroeder
as German Tourist
Dave Jensen
as Conductor
Esther Scott
as Female Conductor
William Utay
as Colleague
David Selburg
as Government Man
Herta Ware
as Mrs. Morris
Melissa Bickerton
as Fitch's Secretary
Lucy Rodriguez
as Wedding Dress Saleswoman
Scott Sproule
as Team Driver
Marliese Schneider
as Abducted Woman
Gary Bullock
as Motel Clerk
Susan Hauser
as Lab Worker
Caroline Barclay
as Drunken Girl
Matthew Ashford
as Guy in Club
Sarah S. Leese
as Screaming Woman
Whip Hubley
as John Carey
Patricia Belcher
as Admittance Clerk
Marliese K. Schneider
as Abducted Woman
Robert Mendelson
as Homeless Man
Pam Cook
as Commercial Model
Lisa Liberati
as Bathroom Bimbo
Ed Stone
as Waiter
Kurtis Burow
as Baby Boy
Dana Hee
as Creature Performer
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Critic Reviews for Species

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (37)

  • 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.

    Dec 2, 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.

    Dec 2, 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.

    Dec 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Director Roger Donaldson and screenwriter Dennis Feldman show an unexpected flair for the exploitation form.

    Dec 2, 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.

    Dec 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't help that the special effects are second-rate; the squishy primal horror of Alien has been replaced by a kind of mechanized yuckiness.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: C | 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.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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