They Live Reviews

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August 6, 2013
As a movie, They Live is lethargic. As election propaganda, it's terrific.
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.
October 10, 2012
They Live is the looniest movie of the season and also one of the most engaging.
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.
June 4, 2007
A fantastically subversive film, a nifty little confection pitting us vs them, the haves vs the have-nots.
June 4, 2007
All in all, an entertaining (if ideologically incoherent) response to the valorization of greed in our midst.
April 29, 2019
Carpenter eviscerates American consumerism and materialism, Reaganomics, as well as questions the vast class divide which exists in most American cities.
February 7, 2019
They Live is a good laugh, I certainly enjoyed my time with it, but the sudden tonal shift and some poor acting does hurt it in the long run.
November 29, 2018
They Live addresses what another character in it calls "the annihilation of consciousness." Carpenter means class consciousness, too.
November 6, 2018
Ultimately, the biggest take-home from rewatching They Live in 2018 is how scarily relevant this 1988 effort still is to this day.
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