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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. Sigourney Weaver returns as Ellen Ripley, the last surviving crew member of a corporate spaceship destroyed after an attack by a vicious, virtually unbeatable alien life form. Adrift in space for half a century, Ripley grapples with depression until she's informed by her company's representative, Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) that the planet where her crew… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Scene to scene, encounter to encounter, its tension builds unrelentingly. So, fasten your seat belts. It`s a blast."
‑ Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A subtle, spooky movie with teeth becomes a subtlety-bashing war movie."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"The result is a film that not only answers many questions raised by the original story, but also expands production values, amplifies special effects and weaves a new plot that is even more exciting than the first."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"On the short list of sequels that not only matched the quality of its predecessor, but arguably surpassed it to become one of the greatest films of its genre."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"[Aliens] is a spectacular example of state-of-the-art science fiction simply because it never tries to be overtly spectacular."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Action thrillers assail but rarely test us; this is the tautest, most provoking, and altogether most draining example ever made."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"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"
‑ David Keyes,
"Surpassing its predecessor in terms of sheer spectacle, this sequel to Ridley Scott's outer-space nightmare from director James Cameron is an outstanding science-fiction thriller."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Another defining picture in the sci-fi genre. A stellar achievement that's almost as good as the original."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"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."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"Count me out of the fan club for this one."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The idea behind Aliens remains the scariest, dirtiest, most perversely funny one for a monster film, and the Rambo action further gooses us."
‑ Joe Baltake, Philadelphia Daily News
"So much for the theory that sequels never equal the original."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"Aliens contains a fascinating exploration of the way Western culture has traditionally aligned feminine characteristics onto nature while masculine characteristics have been aligned with civilisation."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
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