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War of the Worlds Reviews

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Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
If you've seen Independence Day, then you've seen War of the Worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 29, 2005
Spielberg is pretty much incapable of making a terrible movie anymore. But he has plainly forgotten a lot of what makes a good popcorn movie since his Jurassic period. Where's the fun?
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 4, 2005
...Spielberg has a genius for ... audience adulation
Full Review| Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2005
War of the Worlds is a big, clunky movie containing some sensational sights but lacking the zest and joyous energy we expect from Steven Spielberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
June 29, 2005
Earth goes to war, but Spielberg merely goes back to his aging bag of tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Todd Gilchrist
June 29, 2005
The balancing act between pleasing crowds and evoking larger human truths eventually escapes Spielberg's grasp, as it has occasionally in the past.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
June 28, 2005
Leave it to Steven Spielberg to turn the end of the world into a treatise on responsible parenting.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
June 28, 2005
Worlds makes for one of the strangest and bleakest productions ever to market itself as summertime movie entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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.
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
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 29, 2005
May be the most efficiently built engine of escalating terror you will ever encounter. But Spielberg's technique serves no purpose this time except the visceral.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 30, 2005
Pitched at a level of interpersonal experience amid the mayhem, this blockbuster offers no sense of loss. Given its ending, you'd think the power had been out for a few days.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
June 29, 2005
What - what - have they created here? Really folks, I'm at a loss...
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Rob Blackwelder
June 28, 2005
A problematic blockbuster with one essential saving grace: It's profoundly frightening in a way that few directors have the talent to capture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Lybarger
June 28, 2005
Even hostile invasions need a bit more character and plot development.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 30, 2005
The moment two youngsters appear more frightening than attacking aliens, you can't help suspecting there'll be additional moviemaking trouble ahead. And you're right.
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
July 1, 2005
The man who gave human dimension to the effects of holocaust in Schindler's List has now prostituted human extermination for entertainment. Bread and circuses, indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 29, 2005
War of the Worlds pushes some of the right buttons and enough of the wrong ones to make you wish that Spielberg would move on from aliens already and use his unparalleled talents to focus once more on earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 29, 2005
In his latest science-fiction epic, director Steven Spielberg shows he's better at blowing up the world than anyone else alive. Unfortunately, he also shows he has no idea how to put the world back together.
| Original Score: C+
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