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The Thing Reviews

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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
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
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
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
Alan Jones
Radio Times
December 1, 2011
Tense, smart and suitably gruesome, this certainly delivers the goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
December 1, 2011
Nary an original bone in this monster's body, but effective nonethleless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
November 30, 2011
Schlock lovers and Friday night thrill-seekers are disgustingly well served. Best skip that tray of gooey nachos, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 30, 2011
Never quite lives up to Carpenter's version, though it's entertaining enough, thanks to a superb performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and some satisfyingly gloopy visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
November 29, 2011
Critics were wrong about the original movie back in 1982. They wrong about this one too!
Chris Hewitt (UK)
Empire Magazine
November 28, 2011
By no means the finessed work of a Carpenter; more an enthusiastic DIY expert who read the instructions once and reckons he can manage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 8, 2011
Not an improvement on John Carpenter's groundbreaking 1982 original, but sufficiently horrific, tense and well-paced, and aided by minor changes and current technology.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
October 27, 2011
Great care has been taken to not fill this movie full of lame, jittery camera angles and a faster-than-necessary pace, which is nice. It's just too bad that Mary Elizabeth Winstead is dull as dishwater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
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
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
jackiekcooper.com
October 19, 2011
Still can raise enough scares with its twists and turns to be surprisingly entertaining
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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
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