The Thing Reviews

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June 8, 2019
I doubt that it will enjoy the same positive re-evaluation later on down the road that its predecessor enjoyed and will quickly fade into obscurity while Carpenter's endures.
February 8, 2019
Ultimately, the 2011 The Thing is an acceptable creature feature, but it's unlikely to be anybody's favorite thing, let alone considered the best possible Thing.
December 6, 2018
Not only a pale imitation of the previous two incarnations, but also one of the worst films (horror or otherwise) released this year -- avoid at all costs.
August 9, 2017
Watching The Thing, I was absolutely stunned by its complete and utter lack of creativity.
August 11, 2013
A misguided and generally worthless prequel...
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.
February 15, 2013
Since Heijningen already had dibs on The Thing's hallowed name, he didn't even bother trying to conjure any of its slow-burning suspense or claustrophobic vibe.
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.
April 30, 2012
Gets the externals but can't duplicate the authentic chill and isolation of the original.
April 6, 2012
If this take is perfectly passable, it also is distinctly forgettable.
March 22, 2012
Can't possibly compare to the film it's inspired by, but if you've not seen the 1982 version, you should find it reasonably harmless, albeit with an increasingly daft climax.
January 27, 2012
It reduces things to nothing more than a highlight reel of terror, none of it particularly scary even if what is being presented is done so with a fair amount of skill.
December 30, 2011
Pointless prequel to the 1982 sci-fi/horror classic. One of the five worst films of 2011.
December 22, 2011
This is the third time I've watched the John W. Campbell Jr. story 'Who Goes There?' unfold. I have to admit the monster in this one is the most disgusting and thereby the most fascinating of all three.
December 8, 2011
There are a few tense moments, but the plot is packed full of clichs - imagine, the radio is dead and there's a storm coming!
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.
December 7, 2011
A slow hand clap for all concerned, please.
December 2, 2011
This isn't the real Thing; keep it at bay.
December 1, 2011
[A] useless, entertainment-free xerox copy of John Carpenter's 1982 film of the same name... Van Heijningen has never made a feature film before, and, I would argue, he still hasn't...
December 1, 2011
Whatever good intentions were behind this prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 classic, the sloppy execution renders them moot.
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