20 Million Miles to Earth
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One of special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen's pre-Seventh Voyage of Sinbad efforts, 20 Million Miles to Earth borrows a few pages from King Kong. An American spaceship crashlands off the coast of Sicily. The rescue party discovers that the astronauts have inadvertently brought back a curious gelatinous mass from the planet Venus. This lump of goo rapidly evolves into be a living reptilian creature, which scientists label an "Ymir". While being subjected to laboratory experimentation, the Ymir begins growing by leaps and bounds, and before long the gigantic monstrosity has… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"A very effective monster film of the golden age of B cinema, and Harryhausen is still the king."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Nathan Juran's film differs from most sci-fi monster movies of the period in that the monster shows up early and often."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Nifty effects and the usual 1950s sci-fi acting"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The lead actor looks a little like Steve Martin, which got me to thinking that digitally inserting that comedian could make something out of this imploded building of a movie."
‑ Rob Humanick, Suite101.com
"A King King knock off, and one that's highlighted by some awesome creature special effects."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"This is special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen's baby."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Aside from over-interpreting the monster movie's politics, there's no denying that the true star of 20 Million Miles to Earth is clearly animator Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion monster."
‑ Jason Morgan, Filmcritic.com
"20 Million Miles to Earth gave no boost to the development of genre movies. It did, though, further the evolution of Harryhausen's skill and artistry, not to mention his presently exalted position as his films' auteur."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
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