Aliens
Aliens (1986)

Big-budget special effects, swiftly paced action, and a distinct feminist subtext from writer/director James Cameron turned what should have been a by-the-numbers sci-fi sequel into both a blockbuster and a seven-time Oscar nominee.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1999
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While Alien was a marvel of slow-building, atmospheric tension, Aliens packs a much more visceral punch, and features a typically strong performance from Sigourney Weaver.

Rick Kogan
Chicago Tribune

Scene to scene, encounter to encounter, its tension builds unrelentingly. So, fasten your seat belts. It`s a blast.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This film is also the best monster movie of the year and the best picture of any kind to open so far this summer. Put it another way: Aliens is the Jaws of the '80s.

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Kevin Harley
Total Film

A subtle, spooky movie with teeth becomes a subtlety-bashing war movie.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

[Aliens] is a spectacular example of state-of-the-art science fiction simply because it never tries to be overtly spectacular.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Action thrillers assail but rarely test us; this is the tautest, most provoking, and altogether most draining example ever made.

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

The first of these movies remains one of the great sci-fi horror achievements of the modern cinema, but its sequel, "Aliens," is that rare instance where a follow-up deviates from the formula and finds an effective rhythm in propelling the story

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

It's blaster action, not Gothic future-horror. Fortunately, director-screenwriter James Cameron has shaped his film around the defiant intelligence and sensual athleticism of Weaver, and that's where Aliens works best.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Count me out of the fan club for this one.

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Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News

The idea behind Aliens remains the scariest, dirtiest, most perversely funny one for a monster film, and the Rambo action further gooses us.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Dead Angel
I liked this more than the first one. Simply a rocking movie & I do recommend it to watch. But you need to watch the first one to get the general idea about… More
Eric Shankle
A film that expands off of the ideas presented in the original. "Aliens" is more of an action film but it still has developed characters and a story… More
Chris Weber
Just like the film that precedes it, Aliens is a cinematic masterpiece. Whereas Alien was a space horror type film that was all about mood, tone, and… More
Spencer S.
The impossibly superior and a loving ode to the original Alien film, Aliens is much more intense, violent, horrifying, and impossibly fast. In relation to the… More
xGary Xx
Ripley is awakened from stasis to find that she has been gone for 57 years and is being made a scapegoat for the loss of her ship. But then contact is lost with… More
Mike S
James Cameron's thrill-a-minute action spectacle is an impeccably executed masterpiece, that not only honors the original, but improves upon it. I have… More

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