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They Live Reviews

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September 15, 2017
a smart movie wrapped inside a dumb movie
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 1, 2017
I'm depressed to report that it's timelier than ever.
August 25, 2017
... inequities and economic hardship is a vivid backdrop to what might otherwise be a simple B-movie about an alien invasion hiding in plain sight, indistinguishable from the humans beside them but for one thing: they are the 1%.
February 17, 2017
Carpenter's primary objective was to make a tough action flick, which he does; it fits snugly into his filmography's subset of urban mayhem movies (alongside 'Escape from New York,' 'Assault on Precinct 13,' and parts of 'Big Trouble in Little China').
April 26, 2016
With Carpenter's clear, widescreen direction and his skill and enthusiasm at their highest peak, this is a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 10, 2015
Campy, satirical classic has lots of violence, profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 7, 2015
Cheesy fun from the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 19, 2014
Carpenter should stick to what he's good at-scaring folks-and leave the political satire to Spitting Image.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 1, 2013
Behold the message as articulated by John Carpenter's sublime sci-fi opus: "I'm giving you a choice: Either put on these glasses, or start eating that trashcan."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 6, 2013
As a movie, They Live is lethargic. As election propaganda, it's terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 6, 2013
Director John Carpenter's They Live is an undistinguished sci-fi thriller.
August 6, 2013
Too bad director John Carpenter doesn't match this tantalizing premise with snappy, thoughtful filmmaking; long stretches of the movie are trite and silly.
August 6, 2013
It's a little bit V and a little bit Lethal Weapon. A little bit "1984" and a little bit Rambo. It's got sledgehammer political satire, humor, goofiness and little bit of Wrestlemania thrown in to boot.
August 6, 2013
John Carpenter's They Live has cult favorite written all over it, and part of the reason is the way it regenerates the cheap, juicy, surprisingly potent sci-fi of the 1950s.
December 12, 2012
They Live is a paranoid thriller that stretches a paper-thin budget with inventive special effects that serve the story and a message that still holds water today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2012
They Live is the looniest movie of the season and also one of the most engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2012
The joke is in the material; the idea itself is funny and daring. And some time soon, They Live suggests, with grim, knowing wink, the joke may be on us.
October 10, 2012
Carpenter sweeps aside political preaching to allow the film to finish on a note of humour when the aliens are finally revealed for what they are.
May 9, 2012
A loopy movie that got its messages right.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 15, 2008
They Live is thought-provoking while maintaining its B-movie credentials.
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