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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 282 Ratings

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Metascore
94

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Rick Kisonak
    60
    The story itself holds up fairly well though, twenty years later, does come off as thinner than I recalled.
  3. 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.