War of the Worlds Reviews

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February 28, 2008
This is Spielberg at his unabashedly commercial worst %u2014 bland, unimaginative, and more interested in his bang than his brain.
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 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.
October 27, 2005
A basic rule of thumb is - if you see Tim Robbins, you've stayed too long.
July 31, 2005
(...) La primera media hora de Guerra de los Mundos es una maravilla de suspenso, tensión, horror y drama...
July 17, 2005
The narrative miscalculation is extraordinary and ruinous to the extent that I can't conjure an example of a similarly enjoyable movie being beheaded so efficiently.
July 16, 2005
July 14, 2005
Overall, the film is too lacking in feeling to provide a recognizably human experience.
July 12, 2005
... A visual and technical achievement, but underwhelming on every other level.
July 10, 2005
It doesn't work as a science fiction epic, it doesn't work as a tale of families bonding in the face of tragedy, and it certainly doesn't work as a mingling of the two.
July 7, 2005
A rather primitive demolition derby, with little of the human solidarity that was corny but meaningful in the 1953 picture.
Top Critic
July 7, 2005
There's stuff to make you go 'Wow!' but nothing you'll remember the next day.
July 6, 2005
What hurts it is Spielberg's dogged insistence on turning it into yet another of his seemingly endless middle-brow meditations on the travails of the middle-class family.
July 5, 2005
If you've seen Independence Day, then you've seen War of the Worlds.
July 5, 2005
It's as if the aliens landed and everyone died so that Tom Cruise could grow up one more time.
July 5, 2005
Spielberg as Hobbesian; Wells as eugenicist
July 4, 2005
'I'm the pre-teen Maggie Smith,' says Dakota Fanning, 'if Maggie Smith had a stripper name.'
July 4, 2005
...Spielberg has a genius for ... audience adulation
July 3, 2005
falls way short on ideas, character development, and creative wonderment
July 1, 2005
You could do a whole lot worse if you're looking through generic science fiction or disaster movies, but Steven Spielberg's standards are usually much higher than this.
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