Alien Abduction
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A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this pulse-pounding thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina. (C) IFC Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bound to vanish as quickly as a fleetingly glimpsed UFO after a few close encounters with paying viewers."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"As the found-footage horror genre reaches the please-lose-it-again point, "Alien Abduction" arrives to remind us how tedious the camping trip set-up has become as well."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Today's lesson is "How not to make a found footage film.""
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"If you're going to go the found-footage route, you might as well try to find a new way to approach the material. Beckerman has."
‑ Sheila O'Malley,
"Utterly generic, but the filmmakers manage a lot of cheap thrill "bang" for their few bucks."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Close encounters of the mediocre kind."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Credit this spirited, uncommonly effective found-footage thriller for breaking the templates promised by its genre and title."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"Although the found-footage genre is growing increasingly stale, it can still provide some genuine - if cheap - thrills. Also, Alien Abduction hits this critic right in the nostalgia gland."
‑ Witney Seibold, Nerdist
"As a horror flick, even one held to the impossibly low standards of the found-footage variety, Alien Abduction fails to thrill or chill."
‑ Scott Wold, Paste Magazine
"With his first published screenplay, Robert Lewis treads a familiar path, but the devil's in the details and some well handled subtext on preconceived notions."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"As on the nose as its title, Matty Beckerman's "Alien Abduction" repackages ancient legend for modern audiences in a found-footage story of streamlined efficiency."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Alien Abduction isn't done poorly, per se, but it's not at all entertaining."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"Eschewing more sophisticated and higher-degree-of-difficulty moodiness for lots of panicked thrashing about, this found-footage horror tale is an exercise in well-intentioned tedium."
‑ Brent Simon,
"Alien Abduction is the same found footage movie we've seen time and time again, just this time with aliens substituted in as the main antagonistic force."
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
"A few jolting scares are deployed throughout, but more difficult to shake is how the story's overacting lambs walk a rather programmatic path toward slaughter--or at least anal probing."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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