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The Thing Reviews

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Matt Patches
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
October 20, 2011
Almost liked it!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
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
Jackie K. Cooper
October 19, 2011
Still can raise enough scares with its twists and turns to be surprisingly entertaining
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
James White
SFX Magazine
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
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
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
Widgett Walls
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
Alexandra Cavallo
Boston Phoenix
October 18, 2011
Laughable dialogue and the CGI-generated monster get in the way of the scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
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
Cole Smithey
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
Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press
October 17, 2011
We've seen it all before, only now the goop is computer generated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
October 16, 2011
Frigid and frightful, it becomes increasingly inconsistent, incoherent and, therefore, unbelievable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Peter Sobczynski
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
Glenn Lovell
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
Beth Accomando
October 14, 2011
The film is not so much badly made as it is just uninspired and brings nothing new or clever to the table. It's bland and that's pretty deadly for a sci-fi, horror thriller.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
October 14, 2011
an exercise is side-long suspicious glances, ooey-gooey alien-human interaction, and idle speculation by the audience about how people can survive running around the Antarctic cold without wearing anything to prevent cranial heat loss
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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