Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  1. This contemporary remake of the science-fiction classic knew what it was doing when it cast Keanu Reeves, the movies' greatest stone face since Buster Keaton.
  2. 67
    The one unforgivable crime committed in this remake is the lack of the original's most famous line of dialogue: "Klaatu barada nikto." Would it have been so tough to squeeze that in somewhere?
  3. Surprise! The remake is not a heresy. It's a decent enough stab at being what the old movie was to its time, following the same basic plot, full of respectful references to its model, updated with a gallery of fairly imaginative special effects.
  4. 63
    Just because the new The Day the Earth Stood Still is green, though, doesn't mean it's dull. If anything, there's a lot more mayhem and destruction this time around.
  5. An entertaining rethink of the 1951 classic.
  6. 63
    Passed my popcorn-movie test. Using the vast, expensive technology of a big studio production, it roused enough cheap energy to drive me to eat a bag of popcorn fit for a circus animal and wash it down with a quart of Diet Coke.
  7. I can't explain the film's main problem without giving plot points away; suffice to say that, after decades of watching Earth, Klaatu's team of observers has missed a crucial event you and I witness every day. I can tell you about the secondary problem, though: too much money.
  8. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    60
    A remake that does not disgrace the original, this is sufficiently different to stand alone and just as relevant in its concerns – as well as succeeding (arguably better) as a thriller. And after this performance, are we sure that Keanu Reeves is really human?
  9. 58
    Like the big shiny sphere at its center, the film is fairly pretty, but there's no real sense that there's anything inside it.
  10. For most of the way this ecofriendly fantasy is pleasantly clunky, and Reeves, whose expressive range here is slim to none, is perfectly cast as the alien.
  11. Despite the best efforts of stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, this new "Day" is tired and corny.
  12. 50
    All this is presented in an expensive, good-looking film that is well-made by Scott Derrickson, but to no avail.
  13. Keanu Reeves plays Klaatu, confining his usual two-and-a-half-note vocal range to half that.
  14. 50
    One of the big problems here is that, despite much exposition, the nature of Klaatu's mission on Earth isn't at all clear.
  15. Reviewed by: Cammila Albertson
    50
    Pretty good as science fiction thrillers go, but sadly, there isn't much more to say about it.
  16. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    The story, an updated version of the 1951 classic about a portentous extraterrestrial visit, feels musty and derivative, and not only because it's a remake.
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Something has been lost in the translation, and it's not just the script.
  18. 50
    It lacks the simple elegance and intelligence of the earlier film, and employs special effects and pointless action scenes to replace passages of dialogue.
  19. As a message movie, it's preachy without being serious; for an action movie, there's a lot of racket but not much fun.
  20. Reviewed by: Scott Mendelson
    50
    A 'so-so' movie. It's not particularly good, but it's competent and more or less successful in its goals.
  21. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    50
    The problem here is that there are no big ideas.
  22. 50
    Although the new version, which stars Keanu Reeves, is likely to make audiences pine for the meta-irony of "Mystery Science Theater 3000," it's not a complete failure.
  23. 50
    The opening stretch, when the visitor arrives on earth and blithely dresses down mankind, is great fun. But screenwriter David Scarpi has drained away much of the sentiment.
  24. The original Day the Earth Stood Still had a paranoid poetry that lifted the audience up even as it warned the world to come together. This one is so dour it just comes off as a scolding.
  25. The film's major action sequences are never exciting, and even the now-requisite destruction of New York feels lazy.
  26. 40
    Any movie that awards a former Monty Python cast member a Nobel Prize in anything cannot be all bad. And The Day the Earth Stood Still could be worse.
  27. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    This botched remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" seriously dishonors the seriously fine 1951 sci-fi landmark on which it's based.
  28. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    30
    Dunno about the Earth, but time certainly stands still for a goodly portion of Scott Derrickson's expensively produced but utterly boneheaded remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
  29. Klaatu is a dream role for the beautifully blank Reeves, since he doesn’t even have to pretend to emote.
  30. How can this movie not be fun?
  31. 20
    A jumble of spare parts and leftover dialogue, as if it had been assembled out of unused bits of every movie where an unknown whatzit threatens our way of life and the government goes into full institutional pants-crapping panic mode.
  32. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    10
    Suffice it to say that these morons have, quite simply, turned The Day the Earth Stood Still on its head and what's falling out of its pockets in that upended state is a stream of junk.
  33. What's never explained is why anyone would do such a dumb remake of Robert Wise's 1951 sci-fi classic.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 200 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 108
  2. Negative: 53 out of 108
  1. Nov 26, 2010
    6
    This was quite a bit better than i had expected. Thematically updated for the world's current parlous state. Keanu Reeves is well cast asThis was quite a bit better than i had expected. Thematically updated for the world's current parlous state. Keanu Reeves is well cast as Klaatu. Maybe not the classic of the 1951 original but still watchable. Full Review »
  2. Aug 5, 2011
    2
    Another failed attempt at making a remake of a fantastic classic. I can see where they were going when they got Keanu Reeves to play klatuu.Another failed attempt at making a remake of a fantastic classic. I can see where they were going when they got Keanu Reeves to play klatuu. He's your perfect stone faced actor with one expression and he did this part well. But this movie failed hard to bring back the classic 1951 film by the same name. This movie for one was rushed and that got me angry. NOT a good movie and do not recommend it. Full Review »
  3. RickK
    Apr 11, 2009
    3
    Sad sad remake of a great movie. Lame updating, and the messege get conveluted. The filmmakers took one of the greatest robots of classic Sad sad remake of a great movie. Lame updating, and the messege get conveluted. The filmmakers took one of the greatest robots of classic scifi and completely screwed it up. Sad sad movie. Full Review »