They Live Reviews

October 25, 2018
The film was was responding to the start of the US rust belt and Reagan-era consumerism, but its themes of working-class subjugation and omnipresent media control have only become more pressing.
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').
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."
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.
June 24, 2006
The black-and-white visuals disturb for only so long, and while themes of indoctrination and conspiracy prove initially intriguing, the film quickly descends into fistfights and gunfire.
May 4, 2005
The loopiest, and coolest, entry in the director's canon.
May 20, 2003
Credibility isn't the problem with John Carpenter's They Live... but execution is.
January 1, 2000
The plot for They Live is full of black holes, the acting is wretched, the effects are second-rate.