The Thing Reviews

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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
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.
October 18, 2011
Hopefully we'll never tire of the visual splendour inherent in seeing human faces tear themselves apart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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