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  • Summary: For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, Alien returns to the big screen with a digitally remastered special edition of director Ridley Scott's science fiction/horror classic. (Fox)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Chris Hewitt
    100
    With the visuals and soundtrack given a wax and polish job for the big screen, Scott’s masterful use of shadows, framing and sound has never been more terrifying. No matter how many times you’ve seen this, you’ll still be hiding behind your fingers at every conceivable juncture.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Cole
    100
    The best thriller of 2003 was made in 1979.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    100
    Feels like a streamlined improvement on the original.
  4. 90
    Despite years of imitators, sequels (some great, some not so), and edited-for-television broadcasts, Alien has lost none of its power, and the big screen only intensifies its impact.
  5. An old nightmare, made shiny new.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    What's most unusual about the original 24 years later, though, is its elegant minimalism.
  7. This is no restoration but a revision...If there's a difference in overall quality, I'm unaware of it. Dave Kehr calls this 1979 feature "an empty-headed horror movie with nothing to recommend it beyond the disco-inspired art direction and some handsome if gimmicky cinematography.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 90
  2. Negative: 2 out of 90
  1. Oct 4, 2010
    10
    This film is meticulously constructed, and all of its components fit together almopst perfectly. Creepily paced, wonderfully acted, andThis film is meticulously constructed, and all of its components fit together almopst perfectly. Creepily paced, wonderfully acted, and menaced throughout, Alien is one of the best films ever made. Expand
  2. Sep 3, 2012
    10
    This has to be the best sci-fi/Horror film of all time. Ridley Scotts 'Alien' really sets up a genuine mood to the film that makes you wannaThis has to be the best sci-fi/Horror film of all time. Ridley Scotts 'Alien' really sets up a genuine mood to the film that makes you wanna keep watching. It keeps you interested throughout and entertains me every second. Expand
  3. Nov 24, 2014
    10
    ONE OF MY FAVORITE REVIEW!; This was one of my favorite sci-fi movies it something we fans of science fiction have never seen before, It hasONE OF MY FAVORITE REVIEW!; This was one of my favorite sci-fi movies it something we fans of science fiction have never seen before, It has isolated feeling full of pressure from these actors Tom Skerrit ,Harry Dean Stanton , John Hurt , Ian Holm, Yaphet Koto and actresses Sigourney Weaver , Veronica Cartwright and it's a feeling that we have watch in horror movies but never like in Ridley Scott classic. A perfect formula to make a movie from Dan O' Bannon who uses creativity instead of other non good horror films. Grade A+ Expand
  4. Aug 18, 2013
    9
    This has to be one of my favourite sci-fi of all time. I am a huge fan of this film and you'll find out soon. I love how this film bringsThis has to be one of my favourite sci-fi of all time. I am a huge fan of this film and you'll find out soon. I love how this film brings suspense into scenes which generally leaves the audience staring at the screen....wanting to be told that everything is ok and that the character is in good condition, and if the character is not....then they will find themselves shocked, excited and scared for what is to come. I love how the xenomorph tracks it's prey. It is like a silent assassin that swoops from tree to tree looking for something to devour and kill. It is by far my favourite alien in any film it stars in ever. Ridley has developed a complete anatomy and a life cycle around this creature which is extraordinary. He has invented this being which has it's own species and adaptations and that to me is just pure genius. So, alien is a great watch for ages 10 and up and I do hope we see the xenomorph hit cinemas again soon! Expand
  5. Dec 5, 2014
    9
    The first of an amazing series, alien does not disappoint. For a movie made a fair while ago, the effects used were good. The acting andThe first of an amazing series, alien does not disappoint. For a movie made a fair while ago, the effects used were good. The acting and directing is perfectly done, and in one scene the main cast didn't know what was going to happen! This is probably one movie people should watch before they die. If you like sci-fi, you will probably like this. And once you have watched this be ready for 3 (4 if you count Prometheus) more amazing movies! I would definitely recommend this movie Expand
  6. Sep 5, 2014
    8
    Alien is a Sci-Fi Horror movie that dazzles you with wonder. Ridley Scott manages to create a true classic that's suspenseful andAlien is a Sci-Fi Horror movie that dazzles you with wonder. Ridley Scott manages to create a true classic that's suspenseful and amazing.Highly recommended. Expand
  7. Timbuck2
    Aug 2, 2006
    0
    This movie can never bee made into a decent film, it will always be pathatic and nothing but fake gore, annoying script and stupid This movie can never bee made into a decent film, it will always be pathatic and nothing but fake gore, annoying script and stupid scares...awful in every way...no match for "The Descent". Expand

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