The Andromeda Strain

  • Network: A&E
  • Series Premiere Date: May 26, 2008
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 36
  2. Negative: 13 out of 36

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  1. KenH.
    May 27, 2008
    6
    For sci-fi fans there's some fun to be had watching this very improbable storyline if you turn your brain off. The movie stumbles several times with a boring "military conspiracy" plot that should not have been written into the story at all. Unlike some of the professional reviewers, I quite liked the science lab procedural scenes. Most of the technical jargon was at least trying to For sci-fi fans there's some fun to be had watching this very improbable storyline if you turn your brain off. The movie stumbles several times with a boring "military conspiracy" plot that should not have been written into the story at all. Unlike some of the professional reviewers, I quite liked the science lab procedural scenes. Most of the technical jargon was at least trying to be scientifically accurate. Unfortunately the plot goes off into total la-la land in the last 30 minutes and there's are some gigantic plot holes that would make almost any sci-fi fan frown. A missed opportunity for all those involved in making this film. Expand
  2. Nemol
    Jun 5, 2008
    6
    Not bad for TV fare. I highly recommend getting a commercial free version. Infinitely more watchable. Benjamin Bratt as one of the worlds best microbiologists makes me roll my eyes. The casting blows. Maybe I've just known to many scientists. And obviously the casting director hasn't known any. Thank God the book was so good.
  3. JudyT
    May 30, 2008
    4
    Mediocre, not as interesting as the original mostly because it was too convoluted with the old government conspiracy that went nowhere.
  4. BobW
    May 27, 2008
    4
    Despite capitalizing on 37 years of improved special effects, the mini series actually regresses in story telling.
  5. JRC.
    Jun 16, 2008
    4
    After awhile you just need to stop indulging all those writers "What if's". "Ooh! What if the where attacked by sharks next!?" "Sharks? Their in an under ground bunker in the desert." "How about ducks then?" Just get on with the end of the show already!
Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 8 out of 18
  1. Each part has edge-of-the-seat moments, thanks to some admirable performances as well as several intriguing new plot twists that inject surprise at key moments.
  2. This mini-series actually improves on the original 1969 Michael Crichton sci-fi non-thriller, which spent too much time in a fab lab in the desert and not enough inside the icky green virus—or outside, where the government was covering up its biological-warfare experiments.
  3. 30
    A&E's The Andromeda Strain is just a very expensive, very cheesy retread.