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The Thing Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 11, 2013
A misguided and generally worthless prequel...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Will Leitch
Deadspin
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
April 30, 2012
Gets the externals but can't duplicate the authentic chill and isolation of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 6, 2012
If this take is perfectly passable, it also is distinctly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Gholson
Movies.com
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.
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
December 30, 2011
Pointless prequel to the 1982 sci-fi/horror classic. One of the five worst films of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 8, 2011
Van Heijningen Jr's The Thing still works as a perfectly watchable contemporary sci-fi thriller on the surface by creating enough entertaining scares ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
December 8, 2011
There are a few tense moments, but the plot is packed full of clichés - imagine, the radio is dead and there's a storm coming!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
December 8, 2011
Van Heijningen has again reinterpreted the material, he has instead done so for an era in which horror films are remade by commercials directors who get the look, but miss the feel, of the original article.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
December 7, 2011
A slow hand clap for all concerned, please.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
December 4, 2011
Not bad, but what Cole Porter might dismiss as just one of those things.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
December 2, 2011
The themes of paranoia and isolation are the same as Carpenter's film, but the effects aren't a patch on the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
December 2, 2011
This isn't the real Thing; keep it at bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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