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"In space, no one can hear you scream." A close encounter of the third kind becomes a Jaws-style nightmare when an alien invades a spacecraft in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic. On the way home from a mission for the Company, the Nostromo's crew is woken up from hibernation by the ship's Mother computer to answer a distress signal from a nearby planet. Capt. Dallas's (Tom Skerritt) rescue team discovers a bizarre pod field, but things get even stranger when a face-hugging creature bursts out of a pod and attaches itself to Kane (John Hurt). Over the objections of… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"The most startling thing watching Alien again is its pacing. For the first 45 minutes, little happens. It's all slow, exquisite build-up, which makes the second half seem all the more horrific."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"An old-fashioned scary movie set in a highly realistic sci-fi future, made all the more believable by expert technical craftmanship."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This revolutionary "haunted house in space" thrill-ride is the classic business, stunning you with shock after shock, even when the fascinating monster is exposed in all its hideous glory."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"A perfect roller coaster blend of horror and science fiction. Sigourney Weaver was an amazing discovery."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Alien has power, elicits terror, and the acid blood scars your consciousness."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"It is depressing to watch an expensive, crafty movie that never soars beyond its cold desire to score the big bucks."
‑ Frank Rich, TIME Magazine
"An empty-headed horror movie with nothing to recommend it beyond the disco-inspired art direction and some handsome, if gimmicky, cinematography."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"If you want cinematic kicks, Ridley Scott's massively successful Alien will give you them in profusion."
‑ Derek Malcolm, Guardian
"In a century of sci-fi/horror hybrids, few if any movies do such a good job at reaching the absolute highest peaks of both halves of that equation as this one."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It remains a benchmark of extra-terrestrial horror, and gave us a bona fide A-list star in the shape of Sigourney Weaver."
‑ , Film4
"The limited strengths of its staple sci-fi horrors always derived from either the offhand organic/ Freudian resonances of its design or the purely (brilliantly) manipulative editing and pacing of its above-average shock quota."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The limited strengths of its staple sci-fi horrors always derived from either the offhand organic/ Freudian resonances of its design or the purely (brilliantly) manipulative editing and pacing of its above-average shock quota."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Look as hard as you like, you won't spot a single flaw, even though the film's had 24 years to date."
‑ , Total Film
"...a seminal feminist action flick."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"My favorite film of all time is one of the finest blu-rays in my collection."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
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