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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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  1. Positive: 9 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. This unevenly paced comedy is an amusing parody of monster movies from "Them!" to "Alien."
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's a ponderous but not unenjoyable comedy.
  3. 63
    This is "Ghostbusters" meets "Men in Black" meets a whole lot of butt humor.
  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. The jokes just aren't there, which makes it very hard for the stars -- who are trying very, very hard -- to really make a dent.
  7. Evolution is bad. How bad? Who cares? Do you ask how hot the fire is before running out of a burning building? No, you just run for safety.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Sep 17, 2014
    Definitely 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 9, 2013
    A 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.
  3. May 12, 2014
    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 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
  4. Sep 17, 2011
    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 the jokes of the main characters. Expand

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