The Thing Reviews

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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.
October 16, 2011
doesn't score any points for originality or improvement, but it is surprisingly deft in maintaining what already works while adding in a few new twists and not making the mistake of trying to explain that which is best left mysterious
October 15, 2011
Nowhere close to the caliber of Carpenter's version, but visually stimulating, creepy and well paced enough to get your heart pumping.
October 14, 2011
It's a remake disguised as a prequel. A very good remake.
October 14, 2011
My best advice... is to not expect it to be as good as, or even close to, John Carpenter's film. To do so would leave you disappointed. And you'd be a fool.
October 14, 2011
The Thing is imaginatively splatter-y, which kept me hooked.
October 14, 2011
Comparisons to the '82 film aside, 2011's The Thing just isn't all that scary.
October 14, 2011
The line between homage and apery is a fine one, and The Thing teeters on it at times.
October 14, 2011
Just make sure you stick around for the closing credits. The images and sounds should send chills down the spine of anyone who holds Carpenter's film in high regard.
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.
October 14, 2011
John Carpenter should approve of this reasonably respectful and tough-minded prequel to his 1982 The Thing.
October 14, 2011
It's no great thing, just a better Thing than expected.
October 14, 2011
If a remake of The Thing (actually a prequel of the remake) is inevitable, this one is entertaining enough and certainly could have turned out worse.
October 14, 2011
What was most enjoyable about The Thing for a movie dork like me was looking out for the ways the 2011 and 1982 versions overlapped.
October 14, 2011
By abandoning the "whose the alien" tension and drama of the original (the 1982 film) for more of a monster movie feel The Thing simultaneously saves itself and disappoints.
October 14, 2011
In terms of scares, this old-fashioned "Thing" is better than most new things.
October 14, 2011
A satisfyingly tense desert-island thriller -- just without the desert island
October 14, 2011
Hell actually does freeze over.
October 13, 2011
The Thing brings no shame to the franchise, but it doesn't build on it much, either.
October 13, 2011
If 2011's "The Thing" is not quite 1982's equal, the distance in quality between the two is closer than one has any right to be expecting.
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