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The search for life outside our solar system becomes a personal and spiritual quest for a young researcher. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) is a scientist who lost her faith in God after her parents died when she was a child. However, Ellie has learned to develop a different sort of faith in the seemingly unknowable: working with a group that monitors radio waves from space, Ellie hopes that some day she will receive a coherent message from another world that will prove that there is a world beyond our own. Ellie's hard work is rewarded when her team picks up a signal that does not appear to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"Something like one of those mysterious asteroids that get the astronomers all worked up: a large body of gaseous matter surrounding a relatively small core of solid substance."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Begins with a big bang, gradually falls into a lull and finally succumbs to entropy."
‑ , Washington Post
"Thoughtful adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"No wonder the astronomer's philosophy of contact boils down to this: Don't call me, I'll call you."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"When Contact finally comes alive, it leaves you frightened and thrilled and emotionally overwrought, as only a child can be. The rest is pandering."
‑ Sarah Kerr, Slate
"When it's good, it's very good. And when it's not, it can be as silly and self-important as a bad '50s sci-fi movie."
‑ , Newsweek
"Contact takes forever to lift off."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Uma ficção científica que confere peso semelhante aos dois termos do gênero: se sua narrativa ficcional é intrigante e bem desenvolvida, sua ciência jamais se entrega ao implausível."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"With all the science and technology, Zemeckis and the writers made room for spiritual debates (some of them painfully slight), political commentary, and a strangely tepid and inert romance..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"The result is a film far too cold-blooded for summer audiences."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Like Jodie Foster's hopeful space voyager in the picture, "Contact" may not travel quite as far as it hopes to go, but the trip is worth taking nonetheless."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Features heavy-handed exposition, repetitive, maudlin flashbacks, uneven performances and endless sermonising."
‑ , Time Out
" of the best pure science-fiction films since 2001."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Magical, captivating entertainment."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Foster's voyage is an astronomical letdown, largely because Zemeckis' ideas of heaven and earth don't extend beyond what can be envisioned as a celluloid event."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
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