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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: 85 out of 88
  2. Negative: 2 out of 88
  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. Apr 18, 2013
    9
    Scott's severe dedication to suspense occasionally caused my eyes to drift away from the screen but not for long. This film is very much inScott's severe dedication to suspense occasionally caused my eyes to drift away from the screen but not for long. This film is very much in control of itself and doesn't stray from the gloom it creates except for the few minutes when it is appropriate to do so. Markedly better on second viewing. Expand
  5. Nov 4, 2014
    9
    From the surface it seems like your typical, predictable horror story which visualises the cineosis of Humans vs. Aliens, but it’s easy toFrom the surface it seems like your typical, predictable horror story which visualises the cineosis of Humans vs. Aliens, but it’s easy to forget that this film’s script wasn't typical at its time and its narrative structure became overused by the latter horror movies. It differentiates in the way it uses ambiguous Freudian overtones, very unusual for its time. As for predictable, well, I believe that was intentional. It gives it an almost ‘Hitchcockian’ form of omniscient narration which results in suspense. The camera seems to frequently latch on to different characters as if it were taking bets on who would survive but can’t make its mind up, as if it were an alien looking for a new host. Most of the time we know what is going to happen to the crew and it is our expectations which cause the apprehension that follows and it is this apprehension which seems to alienate us within the storyline. The nauseating feeling in your chest grows until it feels like bursting. Expand
  6. Aug 4, 2014
    8
    This movie carried some fine acting and a great plot. Packed with suspense and action, this movie blasted Weaver's carrier up to the top. ItThis movie carried some fine acting and a great plot. Packed with suspense and action, this movie blasted Weaver's carrier up to the top. It was a fine Ridley Scott movie too. It does lack some character development thought. 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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