Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Jun 10, 2013
    100
    Years ahead of it's time in terms of SFX, it's a masterpiece of wide-eyed whimsy.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 10, 2013
    100
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unquestionably a great movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 10, 2013
    100
    It's one of the great moviegoing experiences.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Arnold
    Jun 10, 2013
    90
    It must weather some bummy mid-passage exposition, but the movie survives its flaws triumphantly, evolving into a uniquely transporting filmgoing spectacle. [14 Dec 1977, p.D1]
  5. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    Jun 10, 2013
    90
    Steven Spielberg's giant, spectacular Close Encounters of the Third Kind...is the best—the most elaborate—1950's science fiction movie ever made, a work that borrows its narrative shape and its concerns from those earlier films, but enhances them with what looks like the latest developments in movie and space technology.

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