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The Thing Reviews

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October 22, 2011
From its isolated icy setting to its chilling premise and heart-pumping execution, this prelude to John Carpenter's 1982 classic sci-fi horror film of the same name is a ripper
October 22, 2011
It's easy enough to sit through, it'll be even easier to forget in a few weeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 21, 2011
The Thing's nondescript title once represented the fear of the unknown, but for the contemporary rehash, it's an indication of a generic, lifeless 100 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 21, 2011
Succeeds as a fan-pleasing showcase for gruesome human/monster shapeshifting and other digital horror effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 20, 2011
Almost liked it!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 20, 2011
The Thing definitely owes a lot to John Carpenter's 1982 cult classic but as a whole, it is a pretty darned good little shocker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 19, 2011
Still can raise enough scares with its twists and turns to be surprisingly entertaining
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 19, 2011
While it doesn't spoil the legacy of John Carpenter's film, it doesn't exactly add much to it either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 18, 2011
Hopefully we'll never tire of the visual splendour inherent in seeing human faces tear themselves apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2011
It feels like a prequel/homage/remake of the first two films all rolled into a kind of fleshy burrito that throbs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 18, 2011
Laughable dialogue and the CGI-generated monster get in the way of the scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2011
It's a requel (prequel + remake). Same pattern, different characters. Unfortunately, it doesn't do anything better than John Carpenter's vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
October 17, 2011
Debut director Matthijs van Heijningen's update of the previously twice-made "Thing" horror movies is a completely respectable effort in spite of everything you've heard or read otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 17, 2011
We've seen it all before, only now the goop is computer generated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 16, 2011
For all that digital technology has given us over the last 30 years, Rob Bottin's slippery and textured practical effects in the 1982 version were far creepier.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 16, 2011
This new endeavor is, like many prequels, a movie that adds little to the conversation, filling in details that audiences frankly didn't care to discover.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 16, 2011
doesn't score any points for originality or improvement, but it is surprisingly deft in maintaining what already works while adding in a few new twists and not making the mistake of trying to explain that which is best left mysterious
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 16, 2011
Frigid and frightful, it becomes increasingly inconsistent, incoherent and, therefore, unbelievable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 15, 2011
The film is little more than the world's most expensive piece of mediocre fan fiction
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 15, 2011
Prequel or not ... it's the worst sci-fi redo since Tobe Hooper's 'Invaders from Mars' ... just sort of sits there, like a steaming alien carcass.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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