The Thing Reviews

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November 13, 2019
I've come to outright enjoy [The Thing] as a love letter to [John] Carpenter's film and a thrilling companion piece to that unblemished masterpiece.
July 29, 2019
This paranoid frozen frightfest is the best chance to you'll get this Halloween to feel a real chill.
June 8, 2019
I doubt that it will enjoy the same positive re-evaluation later on down the road that its predecessor enjoyed and will quickly fade into obscurity while Carpenter's endures.
February 8, 2019
Ultimately, the 2011 The Thing is an acceptable creature feature, but it's unlikely to be anybody's favorite thing, let alone considered the best possible Thing.
December 6, 2018
Not only a pale imitation of the previous two incarnations, but also one of the worst films (horror or otherwise) released this year -- avoid at all costs.
August 9, 2017
Watching The Thing, I was absolutely stunned by its complete and utter lack of creativity.
August 11, 2013
A misguided and generally worthless prequel...
June 23, 2013
There's just no sense of dread in this "Thing," no notion that these people are truly at the edge of the world, with nowhere to escape and no one to trust.
February 15, 2013
Since Heijningen already had dibs on The Thing's hallowed name, he didn't even bother trying to conjure any of its slow-burning suspense or claustrophobic vibe.
January 1, 2013
For a creature feature set on the South Pole, it lacks urgency, or even a sense that it's very cold in Antarctica.
September 22, 2012
The fact that The Thing falls flat is proof positive that unlike the film's industrious alien, parasitic remakes can't easily carbon copy the host.
April 30, 2012
Gets the externals but can't duplicate the authentic chill and isolation of the original.
April 6, 2012
If this take is perfectly passable, it also is distinctly forgettable.
March 22, 2012
Can't possibly compare to the film it's inspired by, but if you've not seen the 1982 version, you should find it reasonably harmless, albeit with an increasingly daft climax.
February 4, 2012
"The Thing" is not half as good as the Carpenter film, but it has enough shocks and scares to keep you interested. And, if you see it first, then at least you have the back story for viewing the 1982 classic. Gore is good. Paul Chambers, CNN.
February 3, 2012
It does nothing better than John Carpenter's version, but it borrows and steals enough of the stuff that works from his film to carry it to some level of lowest-common-denominator entertainment.
February 1, 2012
There's nothing really new about this remake/prequel, but the film's attention to continuity and detail is respectable and interesting for fans of John Carpenter's 1982 classic.
January 27, 2012
It reduces things to nothing more than a highlight reel of terror, none of it particularly scary even if what is being presented is done so with a fair amount of skill.
December 30, 2011
Pointless prequel to the 1982 sci-fi/horror classic. One of the five worst films of 2011.
December 22, 2011
This is the third time I've watched the John W. Campbell Jr. story 'Who Goes There?' unfold. I have to admit the monster in this one is the most disgusting and thereby the most fascinating of all three.
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