The Thing Reviews

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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-
Matt Patches
Hollywood.com
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
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
October 13, 2011
It's a series of "Boo!" moments that add up to less and less as director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. piles on more and more of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
November 30, 2011
Despite its visual sophistication and a good lead performance, there's no escaping that this Thing is a pointless remake trying to convince itself that it is in fact a prequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
October 13, 2011
The Thing maintains a sideline interest in suspense but no real devotion to prolonging it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
October 13, 2011
A mostly dim-witted and unnecessary reboot of the 1982 film, from which the main character seems to have learned everything she knows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
October 13, 2011
Like The Thing itself, the film seeks to ape the form and behavior of something genuine, but you don't need a fancy test to tell that this is a shoddy replica.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
October 12, 2011
The filmmakers were so concerned about disappointing fans of the original that they failed to do anything all their own. Just watch the original and see how it should be done.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 12, 2011
A decent cast and a pristine glacial setting are wasted on a movie of alien transmutations and alien dissections that lacks urgency, or even a sense that's its very cold in Antarctica.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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+
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 13, 2011
This version of "The Thing," directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., provides such graphic and detailed views of the creature that we are essentially reduced to looking at special effects, and being aware that we are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 14, 2011
Seeks to piggyback on John Carpenter's 1982 horror pic of the same name, but the remake/prequel doesn't have the wit or the know-how to carry it off.
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
October 13, 2011
Carpenter's film is scary. This film is just loud.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
October 13, 2011
Sure, this Thing still has its moments, but they're nothing compared to that Thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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