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The Thing Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 29, 2011
Efficient enough for newcomers perhaps, but never that chilling, and the predictably dull CGI underlines how far movie magic has regressed in the past couple of decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
October 14, 2011
The line between homage and apery is a fine one, and The Thing teeters on it at times.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
October 14, 2011
"It's big on the grotesquery but short on genuine scares."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 14, 2011
It's not rocket science, but The Thing does offer solid cheap thrills for the slick gore crowd, proving once again: Horror doesn't have to be horrible.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
October 14, 2011
John Carpenter should approve of this reasonably respectful and tough-minded prequel to his 1982 The Thing.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 14, 2011
It's no great thing, just a better Thing than expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
October 14, 2011
It's the horror equivalent of one of those cheap, straight-to-video animated sequels that Disney's always putting out: same title, same story, none of the inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 14, 2011
There is absolutely nothing in this prequel/remake that improves on the first film or negates it in any way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 14, 2011
The geographical isolation still produces shivers, but the repeated motif no longer resonates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 14, 2011
In terms of scares, this old-fashioned "Thing" is better than most new things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 14, 2011
This movie is basically a sno-cone "Alien" or "Predator" and we've seen nearly a dozen of those.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
October 14, 2011
Here's the thing about the new "The Thing." It isn't as satisfying as the old "The Thing." And it's nowhere near as enthralling as the vintage "Thing," which inspired every other "Thing" to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 14, 2011
Like its alien star, the new "The Thing" mimics its prey slavishly - yet still can't quite reproduce its spark of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 13, 2011
Where the earlier film pulsed with precisely calibrated paranoia and distinctly drawn characters, this inarticulate replay unfolds as mechanistically as a video game.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
October 13, 2011
Part horror film, part space thriller and all gore-fest, the movie ends up being a lot like its protagonist: a mess of a monster that stretches itself too thin to scare much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 13, 2011
It's an imperfect facsimile, guilty of borrowing too many ideas from the earlier film, and then executing them with differing results.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 13, 2011
One gut-busting death after another, terror giving way to tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
October 13, 2011
A prequel to a remake, the latest Thing may be set in a very cold climate but it's far from chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
October 13, 2011
Dutch director Matthijs van Heijningen and company deliver lean suspense, and they update the Carpenter crew's gnarly alien-shapeshifter effects skillfully enough to remind us why the concept captures geek imaginations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 13, 2011
The problem with the new film is that rather than explore the story from a fresh angle, it follows, virtually beat by beat, the events of the Carpenter film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 13, 2011
Solves the mystery of what happened to the Norwegian research team that was all but wiped out at the beginning of The Thing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 13, 2011
As monster movies go, however, this one is better than the drivel we are normally subjected to and, by taking itself seriously (rather than adding comedic punctuation), it allows for tension and scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rob Nelson
Variety
October 13, 2011
The new Thing, helmed by first-timer Matthijs van Heijningen, nods deferentially to John Carpenter's still-scary cult film while displaying little comprehension of what made it work.
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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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 13, 2011
An entertaining, well-acted oozefest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 13, 2011
It's full of chills and thrills and isolated Antarctic atmosphere and terrific Hieronymus Bosch creature effects, and if it winks genially at the plot twists of Carpenter's film, it never feels even a little like some kind of inside joke.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
October 13, 2011
After the gradual build-up, for which director Heijningen relies more on inevitability rather than any demonstrable skill at generating genuine suspense, the payoff seems rote and completely out of step with everything that's come before.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
October 13, 2011
For a film that takes place in such a cold locale, it all feels awfully warmed-over.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 12, 2011
It lacks any sense of warmth. Which might be an odd criticism of a horror movie set in Antarctica, but there you have it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
October 12, 2011
How can you dial up the bone-deep terror that comes from failure of faith in the humanity of your friends and colleagues if you never distinguish real from cardboard people?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4