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Crash landing on a barren penal-colony planet with an unwelcomed visitor in tow, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) contends with a group of hardened convicts while using nothing but her wits to battle a terrifying new breed of alien. The sole survivor of her crashed escape pod, Ripley is rescued from the craft by the remaining inhabitants of Fiorina 161, a group of rapists and murders who chose to repent for their sins in deep space after the penal colony was officially decommissioned. When remaining warden Andrews (Brian Glover) announces Ripley's presence to the inmates, their spiritual leader,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Good acting has salvaged many a poor script in the past, but not here."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Barely watchable and not especially enjoyable."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It all happens - with equal confusion and intrigue - under the umbrella of a low-tech style so chilling in its presence that it becomes a character all on its own."
‑ David Keyes,
"Too conceptually disjointed to live in the imagination after it's over, like its predecessors."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A fascinating, often fantastic, film, one simultaneously indebted to and self-consciously divorced from its acclaimed predecessors in ways both clunky and inspired."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Alien 3 belongs to that branch of fantasy comics, best exemplified by the Road Warrior movies, in which the iron and space ages meet for dizzy results."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Ironically, Alien 3 is not a bad movie. In fact -- here's the rub -- it's too interesting to make an exciting summer flick."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A large step down from the original two films, the third is still entertaining and iconic."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"It's a shame that Alien 3 nearly ruined the [Alien] franchise, but that doesn't make it a bad movie, just a bad sequel."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"The problem lies within the weak storyline."
‑ Blake French,
"Bold and haunting"
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"May satisfy fans of the earlier films ... but it won't win any new converts."
‑ John Hartl,
"I recognize the film fandom fury that comes with such a drastic continuation, yet there's a big brown world of unusual cinematic risk here to consume. Alien 3 remains such a potent, mesmerizing force of doom."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Grim, nihilistic sequel in none-too-cheery series."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The movie is dramatically flawed, but in his feature debut David Fincher shows a lot of promise for better things to come, especially when visuals and tone are concerned."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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