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  • Summary: The Day the Earth Stood Still is 20th Century Fox’s contemporary reinvention of its 1951 classic. Klaatu, an alien who arrives on our planet, triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance, a woman and her young stepson get caught up in his mission – and come to understand the ramifications of Klaatu calling himself a “friend to the Earth.” (20th Century Fox) Expand
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. An entertaining rethink of the 1951 classic.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. What's never explained is why anyone would do such a dumb remake of Robert Wise's 1951 sci-fi classic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 108
  2. Negative: 53 out of 108
  1. Jun 18, 2011
    I've rated this film a 10, not because it deserves a 10, but becaue the average of 4.5 is ridiculous. It was always going to struggle. A remake of a well loved movie that doesn't lend itself to the dumb immediate payback of modern action movies - it was screwed from the start. Critised for not being the original movie and for not being modern and full of action, or an exact duplicate, it never stood a chance. Actually there are a lot of subtleties to the movie, and the new twist on the old twist is brilliantly delivered; for most of the movie I thought they'd forgotten the movie's name, and yet it turns out to be more poignant than in the original.
    Well worth watching if you have half a brain, but I suggest watching the orignal first. The makers of this film did, and it shows.
  2. AndreR
    Jan 11, 2009
    I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, though it was not perfect.
  3. RB.
    Dec 14, 2008
    Pretty good pop corn movie - better than a lot of the fodder that came out this year - wasn't intended to be Ben Hur.
  4. CarolS
    Dec 20, 2008
    What starts out with great action turns into a schmaltzy tale for the "green" set. Preachy. Good special effects.
  5. JayM.
    Aug 26, 2009
    Exemplifies all that is wrong with Hollywood films: an unnecessary remake, an overwrought script, and a director too enamored with special effects for their own sake. Utterly lacking in every department. Charmless. Expand
  6. RobertB
    Jun 6, 2009
    Thank you Keanu Reeves and thank you 20th century fox for ruining a classic.
  7. Fantasy
    Dec 13, 2008
    No one loves science fiction movies more than I do. I saw the original and must have seen it 20 times since then. Michael Rennie was terrific. It was with great anticipation that I was looking forward to the remake. After seeing it this evening there aren't words to describe how awful this turkey was. Keanu Reeves sleepwalks through the film as if he was a zombie. His fellow actors had to be embarrassed by the finished product because this was like Chinese Water torture as it meandered along oh so slow. There was nothing frightening, no suspense, no character development, no nothing. And the ending was so lame that theater goers were actually angry walking out of the movie. Save your hard earned dollars because this is one bad film. Expand

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