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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: 88 out of 91
  2. Negative: 2 out of 91
  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. 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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