Alien
Alien (1979)

"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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole.

Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times

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.

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Variety Staff
Variety

An old-fashioned scary movie set in a highly realistic sci-fi future, made all the more believable by expert technical craftmanship.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Director Ridley Scott's "Alien" is a near masterpiece with many imitators and zero superiors.

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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine

It is depressing to watch an expensive, crafty movie that never soars beyond its cold desire to score the big bucks.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

An empty-headed horror movie with nothing to recommend it beyond the disco-inspired art direction and some handsome, if gimmicky, cinematography.

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Derek Tse
Jam! Movies

This 1979 horror-sci-fi masterpiece still holds up remarkably well on the big screen, a testament to the skill of director Ridley Scott.

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Paul Taylor
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.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

A genuine fright classic.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
A classic.
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Chris Weber
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Al S
A sci-fi horror classic of the finest kind. Director, Ridley Scott crafts a fine piece of terror that stay with you long after its over. A first-rate, edge of… More
Sam Barnett
'Alien' has aged remarkably well as a science fiction film, but not so much as a horror film. Beautiful and atmospheric, yet its formula (a group… More
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three stars