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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Always a magical film. For its anniversary rerelease, though, it's been extensively restored and even partly reshot by Spielberg. It now looks better than it did back then.
  2. Beaming back on screens for its 20th anniversary, holds up spectacularly well.
  3. 100
    The least fussy great movie ever made.
  4. If we approach with sympathy and curiosity, we will be rewarded with same. And our souls, not to mention our bicycles, will soar to the heavens.
  5. 100
    Spielberg wrote a poem. And all the best movies are poems. [25 Mar 2002, p. 86]
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    80
    One of the most popular movies ever made, E.T. translates religious myth into cute, familiar terrain.
  7. Reviewed by: Don McKellar
    60
    E.T. is a dog movie. Genre-wise, I mean. It's about a boy meeting a dog, naming it, taming it, learning from it, and growing up. Of course, the genre is superficially disguised as science fiction, as was the fashion at the time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 53
  2. Negative: 9 out of 53
  1. Oct 20, 2010
    10
    E.T. is an heartwarming family hit and it will cherrish moviegoers of all ages.
  2. Oct 18, 2014
    10
    Steven Spielberg's classic tale of an extra-terrestrial who is accidentally left behind on earth and befriends a young boy and his family in aSteven Spielberg's classic tale of an extra-terrestrial who is accidentally left behind on earth and befriends a young boy and his family in a heart warming story. Expand
  3. LaurenS.
    Jan 20, 2009
    10
    Spielberg's E.T. is one of greatest movies ever made, as a 13 year old, i've never been a fan of kid movies. But E.T. lives on as Spielberg's E.T. is one of greatest movies ever made, as a 13 year old, i've never been a fan of kid movies. But E.T. lives on as the friendliest alien Earth, or at least, the movie Industry has ever met. The effects are spectacular, everything is superb. It's a favorite of my all time movies. Expand
  4. JensJ.
    Jul 6, 2008
    10
    Ask John Williams to play in your country live with his orchestra in E.T.'s 30th Anniversary Edition. Please enter here: Ask John Williams to play in your country live with his orchestra in E.T.'s 30th Anniversary Edition. Please enter here: http://sites.google.com/site/et30thjohnwilliams/Home Expand
  5. Feb 21, 2015
    9
    This was a great movie. WAAY better than that crappy game for Atari 2600. The storyline was nice. The characters were great. The dialogue wasThis was a great movie. WAAY better than that crappy game for Atari 2600. The storyline was nice. The characters were great. The dialogue was good. E.T. phone home. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial is a great film for all ages and you should watch it if you haven't. You're awesome Speilberg! Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2010
    8
    Alien life lands on earth to collect plants, gets left behind, befriends some kids, authorities find out, flying BMXs
    Spielberg feel-good film
    Alien life lands on earth to collect plants, gets left behind, befriends some kids, authorities find out, flying BMXs
    Spielberg feel-good film with inevitable sad moments along the way. Thought ET was done pretty well but I was watching the 20th Anniversary version & I believe SS has gone back & tweaked some scenes George Lucas style.
    The kids are great in it & I don't think Drew Barrymore has been as good in anything else. Also a mention for the excellent score by John Williams.
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  7. EdwardH
    Mar 23, 2010
    0
    Like all Spielberg movies, every single minute of this looser is predictable. This is the first movie that made me realize that Hollywood was Like all Spielberg movies, every single minute of this looser is predictable. This is the first movie that made me realize that Hollywood was pandering to me--I was about 19 then. The term "puerile" not only comes to mind, but walks up to me with a stupid look n its face and slaps me around for ten solid minutes. Expand

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