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  • Summary: In 1991, Earth will have the first contact with an alien civilization. These aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after years of quarantine.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Ted Mahar
    Jun 9, 2014
    63
    While the whole film is well-made, it has surprisingly few surprises. There are some small ones, but the plot and many details are predictable down to small details. [7 Oct 1988, p.F13]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    May 27, 2014
    60
    Solid performances by leads James Caan and his humanoid buddy-cop partner Mandy Patinkin move this production beyond special effects, clever alien makeup and car chases.
  3. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    May 27, 2014
    60
    Eventually, though it happens later rather than sooner, the conventional aspects of Alien Nation overwhelm the novelty.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 27, 2014
    50
    The movie is simply a failure of imagination. Nobody looked at the screenplay and observed that it didn’t try hard enough, that it had no surprises, that it didn’t attempt to delight its audiences with twists and turns on the phoned-in plotline.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Jun 9, 2014
    50
    There are, thankfully, a few humorous and imaginative touches here and there, but Alien Nation is hardly inspired.
  6. Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    May 27, 2014
    40
    Alien Nation wants to be "In the Heat of the Night" as science fiction, but it's neither morally instructive nor prophetic. It proves a lumbering marriage of action and sci-fi that alienates both audiences. It's too dull for one and too dumb for the other.
  7. 38
    Alien Nation lives out precisely the fate of the alien nation it depicts - both full of potential, both hoping to please, and both immediately co-opted, enslaved by the same commercial forces that granted their release. [12 Oct 1988]

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