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She's known it since she was a young girl, when she would magically connect with distant voices on her father's shortwave radio. She's known it since college, when she chose the search for intelligent extraterrestrial messages as her discipline. She's known it since she bargained for just hours a week of satellite time to sweep the heavens for evidence. And she knows it every time she stares at the countless stars dappling the infinite night sky... Something is out there.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"The result is a film far too cold-blooded for summer audiences."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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
"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
"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
"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
" of the best pure science-fiction films since 2001."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Magical, captivating entertainment."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It is a good sci-fi yarn."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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