War of the Worlds Reviews

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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.
June 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.
September 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.
July 14, 2005
Overall, the film is too lacking in feeling to provide a recognizably human experience.
July 7, 2005
It's a thrilling ride...[but] this bountiful pot of signifiers leaves a caustic aftertaste.
July 7, 2005
War of the Worlds is taut, gripping and surprisingly dark filmmaking.
July 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.
Top Critic
July 7, 2005
There's stuff to make you go 'Wow!' but nothing you'll remember the next day.
July 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.
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
The story may be sci-fi, but the product is a horror film, plain and simple: a brilliantly constructed scaring machine.
July 5, 2005
[B]y far the biggest, loudest and most elaborate adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic.
July 5, 2005
How refreshing to see Spielberg rock the boat with nothing more shocking than pure old-fashioned fear
June 30, 2005
The imagery is startling not just for its symbolic resonances, but for the breathless intensity with which it sears the screen.
June 29, 2005
War of the Worlds may not stand up well to careful inspection and it may not be the smartest science fiction film brought to the screen, but it is an intense, visceral experience.
June 29, 2005
War of the Worlds is an attack-of-the-aliens disaster film crafted with sinister technological grandeur -- a true popcorn apocalypse.
June 29, 2005
Extravagant in movie terms but stingy in emotional ones, it embodies all of Spielberg's bad impulses and almost none of his good ones.
June 29, 2005
War of the Worlds' is a picture without a thought in its pretty head: the Tom Cruise movie to end all Tom Cruise movies.
June 29, 2005
An important film.
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