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They Live Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
November 10, 2015
Campy, satirical classic has lots of violence, profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 7, 2015
Cheesy fun from the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
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
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
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
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 6, 2013
As a movie, They Live is lethargic. As election propaganda, it's terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 6, 2013
Director John Carpenter's They Live is an undistinguished sci-fi thriller.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
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.
Renee Lucas Wayne
Philadelphia Daily News
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.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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.
Eric Melin
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
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.
Lisa Williams
Electric Sheep
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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.

TV Guide
June 4, 2007
An erratically amusing throwback to the science-fiction paranoia films of the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
June 4, 2007
A fantastically subversive film, a nifty little confection pitting us vs them, the haves vs the have-nots.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 4, 2007
All in all, an entertaining (if ideologically incoherent) response to the valorization of greed in our midst.
| Original Score: 2/4
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
August 19, 2006
Carpenter's ability to fuse the bawdy humor and action with an intelligent script make for a genre film that is both thoughtful and entertaining
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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