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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. 100
    This edition -- clean and tight as Scott would have it -- presents a strong case for Alien as both the greatest horror film and the greatest science-fiction film ever made.
  2. 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.
  3. This is the breakout role for Sigourney (née Susan) Weaver, whose iconic presence still propels this ride beyond the scores of substandard imitations that followed. Why see it on the big screen? Because it's bloody brilliant.
  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. 88
    The most important features of this "new" version are the digital cleaning of the print and the re-mastering of the sound. There are a few added scenes, but they are mostly insignificant and have been previously seen (at least by fans of the movie) on the laserdisc or DVD releases.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    What's most unusual about the original 24 years later, though, is its elegant minimalism.
  7. 30
    Unfortunately, fulfilling an apparent need to assert absolute control over his early successes no matter the cost, the director has gone ahead and loused up his 1979 masterpiece of gothic sci-fi horror.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 92
  2. Negative: 2 out of 92
  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. Mar 9, 2013
    10
    It feels like a horror but suceeds as a thriller, Ridley Scott provides an outstanding terror in which In Space No One Can Hear You Scream.
  3. Feb 28, 2015
    10
    This movie is a classic. Being only 20 years old i had never seen this movie originally or the 2003 re-release. I own the 35th anniversaryThis movie is a classic. Being only 20 years old i had never seen this movie originally or the 2003 re-release. I own the 35th anniversary bluray edition. I watched it as soon as i got home and i was blown away. I had seen so many of what others from 1979 and onward had try to imitate in suspense and horror. This is one of the horror/suspense classics that started this genre and made it a staple. The atmosphere of it all is unmatched. The retro-futurism is classic. The style of it is almost minimalistic, a "less is more" approach. I just cant praise this movie enough. Expand
  4. Dec 24, 2013
    9
    A true classic. It almost created a new genre and perfectly showed us that less is better most of the times. It´s the first and also the bestA true classic. It almost created a new genre and perfectly showed us that less is better most of the times. It´s the first and also the best Alien film. The second was a really good sequel, but loses some of the appeal. This one is perfect, the pace, the acting and the tension. Incredibly tense I would say. The final scenes (last 10 minutes or so) are iconic. The leading character Ripley is one of the best woman characters ever made, and is brilliantly brought to life by Sigourney Weaver. Original and strong film. Expand
  5. Dec 15, 2014
    9
    This movie is the near-perfect example of horror. Its creepy atmosphere drips with tension as you share Ripley's fear when running from theThis movie is the near-perfect example of horror. Its creepy atmosphere drips with tension as you share Ripley's fear when running from the Alien. 'Nuff said. 9/10 (Awesome). Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    Yeah, not really sure this movie needs an introduction, but here it comes anyway. "Alien" is a 1976 Ridley Scott directed Sci-Fi Horror flickYeah, not really sure this movie needs an introduction, but here it comes anyway. "Alien" is a 1976 Ridley Scott directed Sci-Fi Horror flick starring Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, a warrant officer on a mining ship that begins to encounter strange creatures. Now, It's hard for me to say that I haven't seen "Alien" up until this point, but it's true so I'll cop to it. After seeing it, I can safely say that everyone I talked to was right - I missed a lot. "Alien" is a really great film, crafted by one of the greatest revolutionary living directors. Ridley Scott really shows his keen ability to develop unbelievable tension through almost every scene. I had to turn down the volume on my television at some points, because I was almost certain that something was going to pop up and scare the seven shades of poop outta' me. But that's the thing, it didn't always happen when I expected it to. This is something that horror movies today seem to fail to accomplish - in a sense, they give away when the jump scares are going to happen. "Alien" really excels at blurring the line between the moments when you're sure a jump scare'll happen and the moments when they won't. The story, written by the legendary Dan O'Bannon is often cited as the influence for numerous other Sci-Fi Horror films and stories. This story is the fulcrum of the film, and O'Bannon's ability to create unending tension via the narrative is really a noteworthy skill. The cinematography and lighting also really helps in creating intense strain on the audience. At one point in the film, it seems as though cinematographer Derek Vanlint uses strobe lights for lighting. This jarring effect, once again, keeps the audience intensely stressed out. The sounds in the film are really very eerie, as the unnerving creaking sounds of the Nostromo and the shrill shriek of the Alien still resonate in my head. Sigourney Weaver does a great job in one of her very first (and arguably most memorable) roles. H.R. Giger's set and costume design really shines in this film, possibly establishing the Sci-Fi Horror aesthetic as we know it. In the end, I found Ridley Scott's "Alien" to be an awesomely frightening film that effectively exudes the overwhelming amount of skill that was placed into it. 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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