Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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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 lineman who, while sent out on emergency repairs, witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Neary's wife and children are at first skeptical, then concerned, and eventually fearful, as Roy refuses to accept a "logical" explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[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."
‑ Frank Rich, TIME Magazine
"This is dopey Hollywood mysticism all right, but thanks to considerable craft and showmanship, it packs an undeniable punch."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[The film features] some of the most heartstopping sights in popular cinema."
‑ , Total Film
"In Spielberg, the cosmic has dinner-table consequences."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Though made the same year, Spielberg's awe-inspiring sci-fi fable has held much better than Star Wars due to his sublime crafstmanship, which benefits from sharp imagery and F/X, and engaging story and charcaters, well-acted by Richard Dreyfuss and others"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It must weather some bummy mid-passage exposition, but the movie survive its flaws triumphantly, evolving into a uniquely transporting filmgoing spectacle."
‑ Gary Arnold, Washington Post
"A daring film concept which in its special and technical effects has been superbly realized."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"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."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"A film of visual awe, but it's not much of a human story. Close Encounters is a terrific bit of imagineering, but ultimately is a minor work in the Spielberg filmography."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"It plays out as a film buff's idea of what a UFO sighting would be like if it could be a cross between a Disney theme park and a 1970s light show at a disco."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the great moviegoing experiences."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Don Peretta, Time Out
"Another classic from Spielberg's most fertile period."
‑ , Film4
"perhaps, my favourite alien movie ever"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Spielberg answers the "Are we alone?" question in fine form."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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