War of the Worlds - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

War of the Worlds Reviews

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Nell Minow
August 15, 2013
The story is affecting, the action scenes are thrilling, the issues are resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

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.
Joshua Starnes
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
December 17, 2010
Alien invasion thriller too scary for young kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 17, 2010
so impressive in so many ways that it makes the frustration over its miserable final moments that much harder to bear
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 19, 2010
...in its own right it works well enough most of the time to pass an entertaining couple of hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
An exciting, intense, gruesome, and awfully subversive piece of science fiction escapism...
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
See it, but lower your expectations.
March 2, 2008
great flick from spielberg
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
This is Spielberg at his unabashedly commercial worst %u2014 bland, unimaginative, and more interested in his bang than his brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Spielberg blows stuff up better than anyone -- he proves himself the maestro of that by-now-degraded game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
February 26, 2007
Reconfirms Spielberg as a master of action, here seamlessly integrating spectacular visual magic into the most mundane and familiar settings.
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2006
Spielberg creates an alien invasion movie that can be labelled the antithesis to the likes of Independence Day or the ilk. The reason? The personal perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
October 29, 2006
The film is dark and bleak with little real sense of wonder--the thing that should be Spielberg's forte.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 10, 2006
click to read review [Greek]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Jessica Winter
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The film succeeds as pure sensation, an exacting distillation of fear.
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