Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 100
    This movie made my heart glad. It is filled with innocence, hope, and good cheer. It is also wickedly funny and exciting as hell.
  2. 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.
  3. Beaming back on screens for its 20th anniversary, holds up spectacularly well.
  4. 100
    An all-time classic that seems even better after two decades.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Music for the eyes. That's why it has become a treasured classic. That's why we'll see it again and again.
  7. It's one modern film worthy of being called a contemporary classic.
  8. 100
    The least fussy great movie ever made.
  9. Just as moving, uplifting and funny as ever in its slightly modified form.
  10. In E.T., Spielberg proved a herald of the age when moviegoers would make full-time friends with fantasy, but his most special effect was taking us into ourselves.
  11. 100
    One of the loveliest and happiest of American movie entertainments.
  12. 100
    Unchecked goodness has its price, after all, and childhood wonder wouldn't be nearly as sweet if it didn't fade. That may explain the film's appeal. It trapped that feeling, and its sense of possibility, in amber -- then, now, and for any time.
  13. 100
    Seeing E.T. again reminds us of how much we've remained the same, how gratified we still are by a film that connects so beautifully to our sense of wonder and joy.
  14. 100
    Watching E.T now, in an era dominated by cold, loud special-effects-laden extravaganzas, one is struck less by its lavish grandeur than by its intimacy and precision.
  15. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Had the aura of an instant classic when it was released, and the good news is that it looks at least that good, if not better, on the eve of its 20th anniversary reissue.
  16. 100
    A sophisticatedly sappy masterpiece that bucked the prevailing Hollywood vision of aliens as nasty invaders and recast them as friendly collectibles for children.
  17. 100
    Spielberg wrote a poem. And all the best movies are poems. [25 Mar 2002, p. 86]
  18. 90
    The film's real power to move flows from its low, childlike angles, which, rather than infantalize its audience, bring it down to where the hurt and fear, and hence the comfort, loom larger.
  19. 83
    It's a fascinating look into what Spielberg truly loves, but it's not so much a masterpiece as a nice milestone.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 290 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 50
  2. Negative: 9 out of 50
  1. Oct 20, 2010
    E.T. is an heartwarming family hit and it will cherrish moviegoers of all ages.
  2. DeanK.
    Jan 25, 2006
    Despite the movies great effects for the time this over the top smaltz factory from the man obsessed by 6 year old heroes himself (mr Despite the movies great effects for the time this over the top smaltz factory from the man obsessed by 6 year old heroes himself (mr spielberg) is the most over rated bag of salmon sick I have ever watched. ET go home? I wish he'd never bothered to come here in the first place. Full Review »
  3. zeyadk
    Mar 28, 2010
    An excellent film directed by a master.