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  • Summary: Jodie Foster stars as headstrong visionary astronomer Ellie Arroway in Contact, a drama of discovery, based on the best-selling 1985 novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and noted astronomer Carl Sagan.  (Warner Bros.)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    Contact is that rare big-budget motion picture that places ideas, characters, and plot above everything else.
  2. 88
    Sagan's novel Contact provides the inspiration for Robert Zemeckis' new film, which tells the smartest and most absorbing story about extraterrestrial intelligence since "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Jeffries
    Contact delivers on more than a pure visual level, reiterating the idea that greatest progress is made taking "small steps" towards enlightenment.
  4. Little effort is made to churn up romantic chemistry between Foster and McConaughey. For better or worse, director Robert Zemeckis sticks to Sagan's original vision for these characters, in which they're basically totems embodying both sides of a philosophical dialectic.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Robert Zemeckis's movie is frustratingly uneven. When it's good, it's very good. And when it's not, it can be as silly and self-important as bad '50s sci-fi.
  6. Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis, may be too long, too self-important and too "Gump"-like to be completely satisfying. But it contains elements that are so striking they pretty much redeem the film.
  7. 40
    In some ways, Contact is just like the universe: big, star-bright and seemingly endless. Not to mention that it begins with a big bang, gradually falls into a lull and finally succumbs to entropy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Apr 7, 2012
    This movie hit pretty close to home in a lot of different parts. Great acting, good cast, and excellent CG, especially for the time. Was in awe the entire time, now one of my favorite movies ever. Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2012
    Best Si-Fi movie ever. God and point are not existing but we need them anyway. And so we only wouldn't believe, we alone in that "awful waste of space". What a message! Expand
  3. SteveP.
    Jun 22, 2006
    Contact was great. To those who said it was not so good you are wrong. Jodie was great in the film even though she did overact a bit.
  4. Aug 17, 2010
    Once of my favorite films of all time. Contact makes you think and wonder about the universe around you differently and is a very good movie to boot.
  5. Aug 17, 2014
    This movie is not for everyone, just for people interested on philosophy or the existence. The performances are dazzling, Jodie Foster is a very talented actress, also the screenplay made by one of the best astronomers in the world, Carl Sagan. This movie deserves more credit from the "professional" critics and the users. Very underrated! Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2013
    It tells of a possible true story when the world discovers a extraterrestrial civilization and you can understand as it could reacting. I think only that the autors have wanted exaggerate when the humanity has built the machine to travel until the star Vega because it isn't true that would so easy build a tecnology so amazing in a few time and already working. Expand
  7. RitaP.
    Feb 4, 2006
    This film robbed me of more than 2 hours of my life, its a sin I cannot forgive.

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