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  • Summary: Outlander begins when a space craft crashes into the majestic fjords of ancient Norway and into the time of the Vikings. From the wreckage emerge two bitter enemies: a soldier from another world – Kainan – and a bloodthirsty creature known as the Moorwen. Man and monster both seekingOutlander begins when a space craft crashes into the majestic fjords of ancient Norway and into the time of the Vikings. From the wreckage emerge two bitter enemies: a soldier from another world – Kainan – and a bloodthirsty creature known as the Moorwen. Man and monster both seeking revenge for violence committed against them. As the Moorwen ravages the Viking world, killing everything in its path, Kainan forms an unlikely alliance with the primitive but fierce warriors. Combining his advanced technology with ancient Iron Age weapons, the hero leads a desperate attempt to kill the monster - before it destroys them all. (The Weinstein Company) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. It's entertaining nonsense with major league special effects, larger-than-life characters and inventive monsters that draw on the "Aliens" and "Predator" models, being terrifying but also vaguely sympathetic.
  2. 67
    Surprise number one: It's smarter than it looks. Surprise number two: That doesn't entirely ruin it as an action film.
  3. An enjoyably goofy hybrid of extraterrestrial sci-fi and Iron Age action, Outlander boasts a super-serious Jim Caviezel in the title role
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    Not helped by a wooden perf from Jim Caviezel as a humanoid alien who accidentally imports a real alien to eighth-century Earth.
  5. 50
    By taking nonsense seriously Outlander never achieves camp. It's a comic book that's mistaken itself for scripture.
  6. If only Outlander was as fun as the premise makes it sound on paper.
  7. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    20
    Writer-director Howard McCain bids fair to dethrone Uwe Boll as the king of crap action flicks, and every second feels like time on the cross.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. RP
    May 15, 2009
    10
    I had not heard about this movie prior to seeing it so I did have low expectations. However I thought it was really good. I mean its not a I had not heard about this movie prior to seeing it so I did have low expectations. However I thought it was really good. I mean its not a sophisticated drama, its a sci-fi fantasy action movie so don't expect anything else. One of the best things is the decent level of authenticity in the costumes and characters. There isent any juiced up bodybuilders on the cast which just makes it more believable. Expand
  2. Nov 16, 2011
    10
    Ignore ALL the critics who hate this film. The people who came up with this film had a perfect use of their thinking, intelligence andIgnore ALL the critics who hate this film. The people who came up with this film had a perfect use of their thinking, intelligence and brainstorming to make this film. What is the monster, where it came from, and other details. This sci-fi creature feature that takes place in the Viking's time had made me like this film. A lot. Expand
  3. TonyC.
    Mar 16, 2009
    10
    Watch it. You'll like it. I haven't seen a fantasy/sci-fi flick like this since the good ol' before cgi back in the day Watch it. You'll like it. I haven't seen a fantasy/sci-fi flick like this since the good ol' before cgi back in the day movies. The genre is stuck being manipulated by Sci-fi Channel n' created into b-rated original made for tv movies. This one takes the freakin' cake. It's been a long time coming. If you hate lord of the Rings because of it's "boringness." This movie will brighten u up! Expand
  4. MartinS
    Jun 13, 2009
    8
    Very nice movie indeed. The 13th Warrior meets Predator. What else do you need for a good action flick? :)
  5. CoreyS
    Jul 31, 2009
    7
    Definitely better than the critics who blasted it. The second half is not upper crust cinema, but it is very entertaining, has a fun plot, Definitely better than the critics who blasted it. The second half is not upper crust cinema, but it is very entertaining, has a fun plot, good mix of action and at least some character development. Good action film. Expand
  6. JulieT
    Jan 31, 2009
    7
    It's not the best alien movie out there, but if u like the genre, you'll be entertained. You'll like it, not love it.
  7. Jan 26, 2013
    2
    I can't believe I'm the first negative user reviewer. Like most, I listed to the critics and rented this movie from Amazon. The plot didn'tI can't believe I'm the first negative user reviewer. Like most, I listed to the critics and rented this movie from Amazon. The plot didn't seem all that great, nor did the preview...but I went with the positive reviews. I love sci fi, and consider myself a huge fan of series like BSG, Firefly, & Star Trek. I even have the entire series of Farscape on DVD. I can put up with a lot when it comes to imaginative sci fi stories, but this story was absurd. So basically you have this space man from some far away, advanced human civilization that crashes on Earth in Norway during the time of the Vikings. And somehow stowed away on that ship was a gigantic dragon-like thing. Then the space man and vikings fight the dragon-like thing after the space man conveniently loses his space man fireblaster in a waterfall. I just wonder who blackmailed John Hurt into acting in this heap of feces. Expand

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