Evolution

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  • Summary: This comedy follows the chaos that ensues when a meteor hits the Earth carrying alien life forms that give new meaning to the term "survival of the fittest." (Dreamworks SKG)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. Visually witty and even marvelous when it comes to depicting the spectacular creatures evolving at a speed previously known only in the Bible.
  2. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Mark Caro
    63
    This is "Ghostbusters" meets "Men in Black" meets a whole lot of butt humor.
  3. 63
    It's not good, but it's nowhere near as bad as most recent comedies; it has real laughs, but it misses real opportunities.
  4. 42
    Tired, clumsy and appallingly ugly to look at.
  5. Reitman's attempt to show he can re-create the success of his biggest comedy ever. What he proves instead is that, given time and money, a comedy director can devolve into a lower life form.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    30
    An excruciating misfire.
  7. Began life as a standard sci-fi horror script before mutating into the unfunny mess it now is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Sep 17, 2014
    7
    Definitely flexes it's comedic brawn rather than it's brain. There are a lot of laugh out loud moments throughout, and the special effectsDefinitely flexes it's comedic brawn rather than it's brain. There are a lot of laugh out loud moments throughout, and the special effects have aged surprisingly well. It's the type of film that doesn't take itself too seriously. While that may not fair too well for the plot, it definitely keeps things entertaining throughout. A solid, if not particularly brainy comedy. Expand
  2. Sep 17, 2011
    7
    the movie was fun until the end. i liked how well it mixed comedy with science-fiction. the monsters were fun to watch and i laughed at thethe movie was fun until the end. i liked how well it mixed comedy with science-fiction. the monsters were fun to watch and i laughed at the jokes of the main characters. Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2015
    7
    With Duchovny, you first think of X-Files. Watching the movie, you think of it even more. But this is the funny version, and Ira isn't Mulder.With Duchovny, you first think of X-Files. Watching the movie, you think of it even more. But this is the funny version, and Ira isn't Mulder. The scary parts are rather hilarious, and all in all, the movie is a comedy. So do not expect too much of scientific quality from it! Yet I say, watch it :) Expand
  4. Sep 9, 2013
    7
    A very enjoyable and humorous movie set on the theme of "Alien invasion with a twist", the movie displays both imagination and self-irony, andA very enjoyable and humorous movie set on the theme of "Alien invasion with a twist", the movie displays both imagination and self-irony, and the acting is for the most part of good quality. The movie manages to let the suspense build nicely, until it explodes and gets defused with what I see as a thoroughly self-ironic nod to product placement.

    It's not a work of genius, but it is worth a look-see if you enjoy humorous alien invasions and hopeless heroes forced to try to "save the world". A solid 7.
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  5. May 12, 2014
    7
    Evolution is such a underrated Sci-fi comedy its a shame that most people don't like it i on the other hand freaking love it i used to watchEvolution is such a underrated Sci-fi comedy its a shame that most people don't like it i on the other hand freaking love it i used to watch it all the time on VHS when i was younger. The cast is for sure the best part about the movie David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, Sarah Silverman had a little funny scene, plus Dan Aykroyd as the Governor was hilarious but seeing that this is a Ivan Reitman Sci-fi comedy i should have known that he was going to be in it at one point or another. The only part that i really don't care is the head and shoulders idea i mean come on that was some horrible product placement i cant believe Reitman let his son do that and think it was a good idea.

    overall i give it a 7.0
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  6. Dec 22, 2015
    5
    "Evolution" was a very regular movie and some interesting question though comedy and science fiction out of it regularly in the visual"Evolution" was a very regular movie and some interesting question though comedy and science fiction out of it regularly in the visual effects, but very reliable with the plot . Expand
  7. Apr 6, 2016
    5
    In "Evolution," Ivan Reitman's scattershot sci-fi comedy, Orlando Jones and David Duchovny play community college science instructors whoIn "Evolution," Ivan Reitman's scattershot sci-fi comedy, Orlando Jones and David Duchovny play community college science instructors who happen upon an alien life-form that threatens to take over the world. A meteor has crashed into the Arizona desert. Examining the blue- green slime that oozes from beneath its surface ("It's a rock that bleeds!"), Mr. Duchovny's character, a disgraced former Pentagon biologist named Ira Kane, discovers a colony of squirming star-shaped amoebas. These quickly mutate into more complex microorganisms, and then into computer-animated flatworms, insects, slimy lizards and angry primates.

    The movie itself evolves in reverse, starting life as a moderately clever grab bag of high-concept noodling and half-witty badinage before descending into the primordial ooze of explosions and elaborate lower- intestinal gags. Mr. Duchovny and Mr. Jones make an amusing pair. Their interracial shtick is reminiscent of that of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in movies like "Silver Streak" and "Stir Crazy," but with the ragged anxiety of the late 70's smoothed over by the referential pop-culture cool of the present day.

    Mr. Duchovny works hard to show some range beyond Agent Mulder's morbid intensity while still poking fun at his "X-Files" pedigree. "No government," Ira snaps when Harry suggests alerting the federal authorities about their discovery. "I know how those people operate." In his first scenes, Mr. Duchovny, who was a Ph.D. candidate in literature before becoming an alien tracker for the Fox network, captures the easygoing cynicism of the second-rate academic with frightening accuracy. Virtually everyone in his class gets an A, except for two obese brothers whose identical papers, titled "Cells Are Bad," earn them C-minuses.

    But compared with Harry, Ira is Jonas Salk. Mr. Jones, best known as the demented pitchman for 7-Up, has quick timing and effortless improvisational flair, as well as an absolute, and in this case welcome, disregard for consistencies of character. Mr. Duchovny is constrained by a silly back story involving his mishandling of a Pentagon-sponsored anthrax vaccine (the laughs never stop!) and a love interest (played, for no good reason, by Julianne Moore); Mr. Jones is free to mug and gangle to his heart's content.

    "I've seen this movie," he says as an alien bug crawls around inside his protective suit. "The black dude dies first." No, but he is subject to some fairly gross indignities: the bug must be extracted from his nether regions with forceps. Later, as payback, he administers a dandruff-shampoo enema to the shopping-mall-size mass of protoplasm that threatens civilization as we know it.

    Unfortunately, civilization as we know it — that is, the highly evolved state of being that can find no better use for its biological advantages than the production of movies like this one — triumphs in the end. That dandruff shampoo appears to be a clever product placement, a moment that the rest of the movie, for all its ickily impressive digital flora and fauna and its cast of good sports, rarely lives up to.

    Seann William Scott, in the designated-doofus (or David Arquette) role of a hapless aspiring firefighter, has some moments of slack-jawed charm. Ms. Moore falls down a lot and bumps into things. She's sexy, she's a scientist, she's clumsy; comic invention of this caliber makes you sorry the writers' strike never happened. From time to time an actor — usually Mr. Duchovny, Mr. Jones or Ted Levine, who plays a Pentagon heavy — will send up a tired action- movie or television-show commonplace: "Let's do this!" "It's payback time!" "Be careful out there!" But the spoofing of movie clichés has become a cliché in its own right, and beneath the hyperactivity of "Evolution" is an abiding laziness.

    In a Darwinian universe, this is a dangerous thing. The biggest frustration in "Evolution" is that it squanders an interesting premise. The aliens evolve so quickly, compressing hundreds of millions of years into a few short days, that you can't help wondering what they will look like when they turn into us. But we never get past the angry apes.

    Maybe in "Evolution II" the process of natural selection will be allowed to proceed further, and we can witness the full flowering of superior life-forms — or at least see whether they have it in them to make better movies than this one.
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