The Thing Reviews

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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 2, 2011
This isn't the real Thing; keep it at bay.
December 1, 2011
Whatever good intentions were behind this prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 classic, the sloppy execution renders them moot.
December 1, 2011
It's curious that a movie about a shape-shifting, person-imitating alien lifeform should itself feel like a mutant hybrid: half-prequel, half-remake, never sure which end to cosy up to.
December 1, 2011
Nary an original bone in this monster's body, but effective nonethleless.
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.
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.
October 18, 2011
Hopefully we'll never tire of the visual splendour inherent in seeing human faces tear themselves apart.
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
The line between homage and apery is a fine one, and The Thing teeters on it at times.
October 14, 2011
"It's big on the grotesquery but short on genuine scares."
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
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.
October 14, 2011
There is absolutely nothing in this prequel/remake that improves on the first film or negates it in any way.
October 14, 2011
The geographical isolation still produces shivers, but the repeated motif no longer resonates.
October 14, 2011
In terms of scares, this old-fashioned "Thing" is better than most new things.
October 14, 2011
This movie is basically a sno-cone "Alien" or "Predator" and we've seen nearly a dozen of those.
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.
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