Reviews

Aug 15, 2013
The story is affecting, the action scenes are thrilling, the issues are resonant.
Jun 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.
Jun 24, 2006
The film succeeds as pure sensation, an exacting distillation of fear.
May 12, 2006
Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is huge and scary, moving and funny-another capper to a career that seems like an unending succession of captivations.
Sep 26, 2005
There likely won't be a more gripping film this year than Spielberg's War Of The Worlds, which at its best glides along like choreography with a camera, slowly parsing out information while shrouding the rest in shadow and suggestion.
Jul 14, 2005
Overall, the film is too lacking in feeling to provide a recognizably human experience.
Jul 8, 2005
A summer spectacular in which human relationships and emotions refuse to be overwhelmed by (admittedly awesome) computer-generated mayhem.
Jul 7, 2005
It's a thrilling ride...[but] this bountiful pot of signifiers leaves a caustic aftertaste.
Jul 7, 2005
War of the Worlds is taut, gripping and surprisingly dark filmmaking.
Jul 7, 2005
H.G. Wells wouldn't recognize his 1898 alien-invasion novel, The War of the Worlds, in Steven Spielberg's updated film version. But Wells could probably relate to the ensuing fear and panic.
Jul 7, 2005
There's stuff to make you go 'Wow!' but nothing you'll remember the next day.
Jul 6, 2005
Bewildered, mildly optimistic, holding out the hope of salvation in spite of everything in a blasted, empty landscape, War of the World is, in the end, and perhaps despite its intentions, a fairly tentative assertion of hope for the future.
Jul 5, 2005
As it is, I admire the brilliance of the majority of this picture to no-end; it's just that pesky literal ending I walked out wanting to declare war on.
Jul 5, 2005
War of the Worlds is pure popcorn escapism of the highest order if you want it to be, or more, but it's never less than thrilling.
Jul 5, 2005
An intense sci fi experience that should satisfy viewers who crave both expensive special effects and intimate human drama, assuming that such an audience exists.
Jul 5, 2005
A greatest-hits package from our greatest living entertainer, there is almost overmuch to admire here, but only the moments that aspire to post-9/11 relevance chill as well as thrill.
Jul 5, 2005
The story may be sci-fi, but the product is a horror film, plain and simple: a brilliantly constructed scaring machine.
Jul 5, 2005
It's as if the aliens landed and everyone died so that Tom Cruise could grow up one more time.
Jul 5, 2005
[B]y far the biggest, loudest and most elaborate adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic.
Jul 5, 2005
How refreshing to see Spielberg rock the boat with nothing more shocking than pure old-fashioned fear