The Invasion


Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31

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  1. Connects on a gut level in two ways, political and existential.
  2. 75
    There's no question The Invasion works in a mechanical, by-the-numbers manner. But it's what the movie leaves you with -- absolutely nothing -- that is the scariest thing about it.
  3. An involving sci-fi action-thriller, probably longer on chase sequences than the original director wanted and shorter on the "ick" factor than the studio wanted.
  4. Still effectively creepy and surprisingly unnerving despite the occasional misstep and rumors of a troubled production, the new film illustrates why and how the power of the original story remains undiminished more than half a century after its creation.
  5. The third remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956) may not be a patch on the original, but it does have a few things the other versions lack.
  6. The movie isn't terrible; it's just low-rent and reductive.
  7. Mostly about delivering thrills, and chills, and this it does with moderate success and a bunch of fast, no-nonsense edits.
  8. On the technical side, The Invasion has several first-rate, terrifying action sequences and grips totally from start to finish. But a subplot involving the Russian Embassy doesn't really pay off, and the relationship between Kidman and glum paramour Daniel Craig (another doc) isn't much.
  9. It's a moderately compelling sci-fi action movie with a handful of scary scenes -- though nothing at all special, and only a shadow of the original or even its 1978 remake.
  10. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    A slick but forgettable, characterless thriller.
  11. 50
    The mismatched blending of Hirschbiegel's low-key horror and the Wachowski Brothers' anything-but-low-key action sequences results in a cinematic dud.
  12. Enough with the snatching, already.
  13. At times, The Invasion comes across as a mishmash of "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Stepford Wives."
  14. Whatever the case, The Invasion lurches and drags and teeters on the brink of death from scene to scene; it plays as if it had been made by someone in a trance, though not a cool one.
  15. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    It's a shame the aliens are so preachy, because this remake of the 1956 and 1978 versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers features a top-notch cast in Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig and moments of unnerving terror.
  16. Except for one terrifically adroit sequence in a subway, there is nothing understated about The Invasion. With all the shoot-outs, the screaming, the chases, collisions and fireballs, there isn't much time for storytelling.
  17. There's little room for ideas when there are flaming cars to be crashed, and overall the film is an infelicitous hodgepodge that lifts as liberally from "The Quatermass Experiment" (1956) and "28 Weeks Later" (2007) as "Body Snatchers" while leaving all the best bits behind -- even the iconic pods are gone.
  18. Haven't they created a movie that is ultimately a soulless clone of a vibrant original and, thus, a splendidly dull example of the very forces it warns us against – the forces of grey and passion-sapping conformity.
  19. 50
    Here is a great story born to be creepy, and the movie churns through it like a road company production. If the first three movies served as parables for their times, this one keeps shooting off parable rockets that fizzle out.
  20. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Buried somewhere within the bipolar extravaganza that is The Invasion is an awfully good movie that got away.
  21. Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig are adequate leads, but no great actor will be more squandered this year than Jeffrey Wright, who does nothing but speak in vast paragraph blocks of exposition while looking haggard and bored.
  22. The problem with Hirschbiegel's ("Das Experiment," "Downfall") convoluted, car-crash-laden Invasion is that it doesn't know what symbolism it wants to grasp.
  23. 42
    There hasn't been so much pea soup spit onscreen since "The Exorcist."
  24. 42
    Opting for car chases instead of the thought-provoking ideas of its predecessors, the film looks like the work of, if not pod people, folks who gave up any kind of passion for the material long before the cameras started to roll.
  25. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    If not a train-wreck, this is certainly more than a fender-bender. In a world overflowing with targets for a satirical pasting, we needed something a lot sharper than this.
  26. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Noisome, fragmented mess of a movie, the fourth film based on Jack Finney's novel "The Body Snatchers" and the worst of them all.
  27. Obliterating the original structure and intent of "Body Snatchers" is cinema-lit blasphemy.
  28. 30
    Is there a Razzie Award for worst casting? If so, it’s one of several that can be reserved early for this fourth, spectacularly lousy screen version of Jack Finney’s 1954 novella "The Body Snatchers," which some bright light envisioned as the ideal starring vehicle for the Cold Mountain herself, Nicole Kidman, and for Daniel Craig, last seen as the most poker-faced James Bond on record.
  29. 30
    The only mildly interesting bit of casting comes from bringing Cartwright back (as one of Bennell’s patients).
  30. 25
    In the fourth and by far the worst screen version of "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers," Nicole Kidman's character struggles to stay awake - as will the audience.
  31. 11
    It's the pod people's version of a great, contemporaneously resonant cinematic fable, created by apparent committee, and utterly devoid of both meaning and feeling. The tagline warns: "Do not trust anyone. Do not show emotion. Do not fall asleep." Yawn.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 127 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 49
  2. Negative: 15 out of 49
  1. Jul 12, 2014
    The invasion has cool effects and a strong performance from Nicole Kidman. People are infected in the
    movie and they become aliens. Nicole
    The invasion has cool effects and a strong performance from Nicole Kidman. People are infected in the
    movie and they become aliens. Nicole protects her son and herself from the infection. Overall the movie
    Is watchable but unoriginal, grade B.
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  2. Apr 26, 2015
    Another remake,another deception.Sure the movie has great acting,good action scenes but this series don't need more remakes but HollywoodAnother remake,another deception.Sure the movie has great acting,good action scenes but this series don't need more remakes but Hollywood doesn't seem to understand that.But,the movie in general was actually pretty good. Full Review »
  3. AdamA
    Sep 19, 2008
    The next generation's remake of an already tired, tired story. The same politics used to make it fresh make it dated.