Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Steven Spielberg followed Jaws (1975), his first major box-office success, with this epic science fiction adventure about a disparate group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) is an electrical… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Close Encounters' most iconic bits (the theme, the mashed-potato sculpture, etc.) have been so thoroughly absorbed into the culture that it's easy to forget that its treatment of aliens as peaceful beings rather than warmongering monsters was somewhat groundbreaking in 1977.

Frank Rich
TIME Magazine

[Spielberg's] new movie is richer and more ambitious than Jaws, and it reaches the viewer at a far more profound level than Star Wars.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is dopey Hollywood mysticism all right, but thanks to considerable craft and showmanship, it packs an undeniable punch.

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Total Film

[The film features] some of the most heartstopping sights in popular cinema.

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

It must weather some bummy mid-passage exposition, but the movie survive its flaws triumphantly, evolving into a uniquely transporting filmgoing spectacle.

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A.D. Murphy

A daring film concept which in its special and technical effects has been superbly realized.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

The special effects are spectacular, John Williams's score is emotionally charged, nouvelle vague director François Truffaut makes an elegant UFO expert and it's impossible not to get caught up in the protracted climax.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the great moviegoing experiences.

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Don Peretta
Time Out

The first film in years to give its audiences a tingle of shocked emotion that is not entirely based either on fear or on suspense.

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Another classic from Spielberg's most fertile period.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An enchanting film with great special effects, yet I feel reluctant to regard the aliens as peaceful and awe-inspiring since they do abduct people, even… More
Daniel Perry
I think this film is more known for introducing us to what would become Spielberg's style: foggy lighting and space-age stories. I found it to be rather… More
Graham Jones
Though I understand how groundbreaking this film was for it's time, viewing it now had always been a little dull to me. The conclusion though is a… More
Directors Cat
Close Encounters is a completely backwards film in the science fiction genre. It is a groundbreaking achievment because of it's strong character… More
Apeneck Fletcher
A man's life, indeed the whole world (even the French!), is changed when strange lights start appearing out in the desert. Spielberg's update on the… More
KJ Proulx
The pure creation of this film astounds me to the point where I actually cannot believe it was even made. As I watch this amazingly perfect sci-fi classic, I… More