The Thing Reviews

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November 13, 2019
I've come to outright enjoy [The Thing] as a love letter to [John] Carpenter's film and a thrilling companion piece to that unblemished masterpiece.
July 29, 2019
This paranoid frozen frightfest is the best chance to you'll get this Halloween to feel a real chill.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
December 4, 2011
Not bad, but what Cole Porter might dismiss as just one of those things.
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.
December 1, 2011
Tense, smart and suitably gruesome, this certainly delivers the goods.
December 1, 2011
Nary an original bone in this monster's body, but effective nonethleless.
November 30, 2011
Schlock lovers and Friday night thrill-seekers are disgustingly well served. Best skip that tray of gooey nachos, though.
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.
November 29, 2011
Critics were wrong about the original movie back in 1982. They wrong about this one too!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
October 19, 2011
Still can raise enough scares with its twists and turns to be surprisingly entertaining
October 18, 2011
Hopefully we'll never tire of the visual splendour inherent in seeing human faces tear themselves apart.
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