War of the Worlds Reviews

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November 18, 2019
Spielberg does a masterful job of building the tension and creating an effective science-fiction thriller.
June 5, 2019
Moves from one action set piece to another, seeing everything only through the eyes of its main characters, and in doing so avoids many sci-fi clichés.
April 25, 2019
If director Steven Spielberg's past close encounters with benevolent aliens seems worlds away, his habitual technical mastery hasn't deserted him.
August 21, 2018
On one hand the movie is a game, a conscious display... of Spielberg's technical mastery; on the other it reaches toward what might be prophecy, or passionate allegory, or exhortation to mindfulness of real human suffering.
August 15, 2013
The story is affecting, the action scenes are thrilling, the issues are resonant.
May 27, 2011
An unstoppable juggernaut of action and anxiety that will have you blundering from the cinema in a state of nervous exhaustion. Don't expect any soft drink promotional tie-ins with this summer blockbuster.
March 7, 2011
War of the Worlds is that most rare of screen adaptations - a film that is faithful to its origins and at the same time, its own separate creature. The first half is better than the second, but what a first half.
December 17, 2010
Alien invasion thriller too scary for young kids.
August 17, 2010
so impressive in so many ways that it makes the frustration over its miserable final moments that much harder to bear
May 19, 2010
...in its own right it works well enough most of the time to pass an entertaining couple of hours.
April 29, 2009
An exciting, intense, gruesome, and awfully subversive piece of science fiction escapism...
October 18, 2008
See it, but lower your expectations.
March 2, 2008
great flick from spielberg
February 28, 2008
This is Spielberg at his unabashedly commercial worst %u2014 bland, unimaginative, and more interested in his bang than his brain.
July 23, 2007
Spielberg blows stuff up better than anyone -- he proves himself the maestro of that by-now-degraded game.
July 14, 2007
Just when it seemed like Mr. Spielberg might be maturing into a filmmaker with some much-needed cynicism, you realize he's still just out there rounding up the dollars.
June 27, 2007
Spielberg flips the E.T. script with this sci-fi flick which reverts to the pulp fiction notion of aliens as the enemies of earthlings.
June 8, 2007
Spielberg's calculations turn out to be more prominent than any effects they could possibly produce, and the less pretentious 1953 version by producer George Pal emerges as more likable.
February 26, 2007
Reconfirms Spielberg as a master of action, here seamlessly integrating spectacular visual magic into the most mundane and familiar settings.
November 17, 2006
Like disasters in real life, the film hits you in the gut with a vision of catastrophe, and leaves you to sort out what it all means.
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