Alien Nation
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In this vaguely allegorical science fiction-crime film, a Los Angeles cop tries to solve the murder of his best friend with the help of his new partner -- a member of a star-faring alien race. In the near-future world of Alien Nation, the "Newcomers" are a race of formerly enslaved humanoids seeking refuge and integration into Earth society. These unusual immigrants face anger and resentment from some humans, including Matthew Sykes (James Caan), a cop whose partner, Tug (Roger Aaron Brown), was killed in a shoot-out with several Newcomers. In order to get some insight into Newcomer… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With the sci-fi and horror aspects toned down, Alien Nation becomes little more than a cop show with a twist-and one that will satisfy only the most gullible of action fans."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Smart sci-fi premise should have made a better movie"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Fun gimmick cop movie with aliens"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"OK s-f that failed to capitalize on an interesting premise."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"takes a fascinating sci-fi idea and squanders it on a routine police procedural that is less complex and engaging than a typical one-hour TV show"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Uma idéia potencialmente instigante que acaba sendo desperdiçada por um roteiro tomado pelos clichês."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Caan is good, but this is just a very standard buddy cop movie disguised as a sci-fi thriller. Plays better on TV, though."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"It begins focusing on the cross-cultural and human dimensions of the tale but it turns into just another police flick replete with crashing cars and endless shootouts."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's 70% cop schpiel and 30% science-fiction fun. Switch those percentages and we'd be calling it a classic."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Fascinating and somewhat timely themed sci-fi flick, a minor classic."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Patinkin in one of his best, most memorable performances"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A shallow dissertation on race relations made watchable by the sci-fi/Police thriller theme. Caan and Patankin have good chemistry, and there are some amusing culture clashes."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"...the premise goes nowhere. Instead, it begins and ends as an ordinary police mystery, complete with gun fights, chase scenes, and things blowing up in the night."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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