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Cocoon is a warm-hearted science-fiction fable that avoids becoming overly corny thanks to the performances of its mostly senior cast. Wilford Brimley, Don Ameche, and Hume Cronyn are three old-timers who sneak out of their retirement home a few days a week to swim in the large pool on an abandoned estate next door. When the threesome begins to feel curiously younger, they discover strange pods on the floor of the pool. These pods are alien cocoons, which are being pulled from the ocean by a team of extra-terrestrials in human form led by Walter (Brian Dennehy), who has hired a local charter… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An amiable, life-affirming fantasy-comedy about the rejuvenation of crotchery oldsters whose main distinction is offering roles to senior actors like Don Ameche (who won an Oscar), Hume Cronyn, and Jessica Tandy"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Essentially, this is sci-fi with a heart, albeit one made entirely of cheese."
‑ , Time Out
"Sex talk, language make iconic '80s sci-fi better for teens."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"A funny, tender and touching sci-fi drama, Cocoon is a movie for all generations."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Boring, sentimental crap made better by the inferior sequel."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Cocoon weaves a mesmerizing tale."
‑ , Variety
"It has no real competition as this season's reigning fairy tale."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A gentle and effective heart-tugger."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A splendid combo of grand peformances and expert direction"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Sure it's all precious and Hallmark-y, but Cocoon is still good, heartwarming fun."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Director Ron Howard brings a quality of gentleness and whimsy to the performances, but basically this is a highly calculated project brought in by those two old pros, producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"... much of the beauty of Cocoon... has to do with its deft, loving observation of the things of this Earth."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"Poignant tale: To Age or Not to Age, That is the Question."
‑ James Plath,
"Am I the only one who thinks the aliens ate all those folks they spirited away?"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This is one of those movies that leaves one with a warm glowing feeling after leaving the cinema."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
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