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  • Summary: Ellen Ripley (Weaver) died fighting the perfect predator. Two hundred years and eight horrific experiments later, she's back. A group of scientists has cloned her-along with the alien queen inside her-hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the resurrected Ripley must team up with a band of smugglers, including a mechanic named Call (Ryder), who holds more than a few surprises of her own. (20th Century Fox) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. By rocketing ahead 200 years from the previous film and jiggering the story cleverly (with a script by Toy Story coscreenwriter Joss Whedon as late-'90s wiseacreish as Alien3 was early-'90s portentous) to create a Ripley reconstructed through a mix of human and alien DNA, Alien Resurrection power-kicks the whole definition of the Horrifying Other into a fresh, deep, exhilaratingly thoughtful, millennium-sensitive direction. [5 Dec 1997, p. 47]
  2. Recycles the great surprises that made the first movie so powerful. And most significantly, it makes a big hoot of the whole business.
  3. Jeunet manages a terrific pass in an extended underwater sequence, but, beyond that, he runs out of ideas as we run out of patience.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    On the whole, the eek-for-yuks trade-off is more than fair--hip without being campy or condescending to one of the better movie franchises. [1 Dec 1997, p. 84]
  5. 63
    Has a bold, inventive style that occasionally compensates for story weaknesses. And, admittedly, there's a certain visceral appeal to the action sequences.
  6. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    As a series of action set pieces, the movie is frequently gripping and always highly watchable. However, when the movie strays into weirder territory --- where, one feels, Jeunet's heart really lies --- there's a growing feeling of inadequacy.
  7. 38
    It's a nine days' wonder, a geek show designed to win a weekend or two at the box office and then fade from memory.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 39
  2. Negative: 17 out of 39
  1. Jun 9, 2012
    I dont understand why people are giving this negative reviews. It made have had a cliche storyline but it had more action than Alien 3. I found this movie very entertaining. Ripelys personality isn't much since she's been cloned, and since she was dead already which makes sense. I also like some of the creativity the creativity of Ripelys blood. Expand
  2. Oct 7, 2011
    It's easy to understand why so numerous fans are hangry to Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Make a bad Alien movie is sad, but making an Alien comedy-movie is blasphemy. But when you accept the fact it's a kind of comedy (not only, of course), you must admit Jeunet is pretty good in what he does. Good ideas, interresting way to film. The fascinating character of Ellen Ripley continues her captivating psychologic development, and Sigourney Weaver still one of the most finest actress in the world. Expand
  3. Jul 22, 2011
    was this sequel was unnecessary? yes. unenjoyable? no. if your like me you thought Alien 3 had the perfect ending to the series, and left little room to debate that it's at least Ripley's last chapter in the story, but they found away to not just continue the series, but bring Ripley back into the action, it's just a shame that it's not the same Ripley we all remember, the Alien series was never scary but always had a creepy atmosphere this movie completely ditches that atmosphere for a more action movie feel, I was surprised at how much I actually like this movie however, it's still satisfying to see a Xenomorph impale a person, and it really shows how smar the Xenomorphs actually are, if you can forgive the new Ripley's personality, and one or two lame characters (Call is the worst character in any Alien movie to date), and some plot holes, you still have a pretty good movie, but it's by far the weakest entry in the series. Expand
  4. Aug 13, 2012
    Better than Alien 3, yes, but still an ill-contrived movie and a really weird and bizarre movie, at that. It feels like it's trying to hone back to "Aliens", but all it's doing is being a trashy space movie with no signs of visiblity that has a $70 million budget, compared to Aliens, which had ten times the brilliance this movie has, in a mere $18 million budget. The later Alien films do feel like dirty secrets to well-crafted filmmakers, particularly directed to David Fincher (who directed Alien 3) and Joss Whedon (who wrote the screenplay to this "movie"). Expand
  5. May 25, 2013
    Ever since Alien 3, I was hoping for an Alien film that would be better than 3. Instead, I got an Alien film that betrays the entire franchise. I prefer watching Alien 3 over this garbage! Expand
  6. May 12, 2014
    This movie is a mistake, it has completely lost the the same goals and feel of the first 3. It's no longer the gripping Sci-Fi Horror that the previous movies were, it's now a joke and a bit of a gimmick, it honestly should've stopped at the 3rd or this should've have been better written. I'm mainly giving it such a low score simply because it completely killed the legendary series it once was. Expand
  7. Oct 13, 2014
    An abomination of a movie, for me it's on a par with the AvP drivel that followed it. I watched it when it first came out and as a 13 years old who had grown up with Alien and Aliens especially, I instantly recognized how terrible this movie is in every single aspect in regards to the franchise as a whole, it captured nothing of the atmosphere from it's predecessors, some poor casting selections, some really shoddy acting even from Sigouney. The most infuriating part for me was the captain with the hairy shoulders getting smashed in the back of the head by the aliens retractable jaw, then with a constipated look on his face proceeds to pull out a piece of his brain, stare at it for a moment before crumple to the ground, it was totally ridiculous. Granted it had some tidy special effect work going for it but not even that can redeem it in any way in my eyes, I saw it as the biggest betrayal to the franchise, bland and uninspiring, it missed the point that made it's predecessors good in my eyes and when I say predecessors I also count Alien 3 the DC edition because that was actually a great watch. I own the quadrilogy on blu ray and this is the one disc that has no signs of use, because it hasn't been used and never will, I find it offensive and would never waste my time watching it again, I prefer to pretend it doesn't exist from now on. Expand

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