District 9
District 9 (2009)

Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 22, 2009
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Technically brilliant and emotionally wrenching, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic.

Tom Charity

It's a brashly confident debut, full of sharp, inventive detail (the prawns are crazy for cat food) and rooted in a couple of Big Ideas. Well worth the time, if not all of it.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

To call this the best shrimp-from-outer-space South African apartheid allegory ever made does not begin to do it justice. But it's a start.

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Margot Harrison
Seven Days

For a movie rife with violence and disturbing imagery, District 9 has a guiding spirit that's surprisingly sweet and even hokey. But that's part of its charm.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

You don't feel bamboozled, fooled, or patronized by District 9, as you did by most of the summer blockbusters. You feel winded, shaken, and shamed.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

This is a great movie.

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Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot

Phone home, E.T., and while you're at it, you might ask for extraterrestrial help for the persecuted aliens being evacuated from District 9.

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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

Perhaps we're witnessing a new dawn for politically engaged sci-fi and horror, with Blomkamp as a latter-day George Romero. Either way, this is a stunningly impressive debut.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

What an achievement in filmmaking.

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Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade

A smart sci-fi about a group of alien refugees who come to Earth and are imprisoned in an internment camp.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A gory sci fi smorgasbord with an amazing message.
KJ Proulx
"District 9" strays far away from formula in this greatly entertaining futuristic sci-fi feature. In the future, aliens have inhabited an area of the… More
xGary Xx
When a malfunctioning alien spaceship strands over a million of its inhabitants on Earth, they find an unlikely champion in the shape of a previously self… More
Christopher Heim
A stone cold modern sci-fi classic that functions near perfectly as a raw and intensely-bloody action flick with deep layers of un-compromising… More
Carlos Magalhães
Besides the clichés, plot holes and the incoherent use of the camera, any allusion to Apartheid seems dishonest, since it is hard to believe that anyone could… More
Chris Weber
This film is quite an achievement. It ranks up there with Blade Runner, The Matrix, and some of Paul Verhoeven's works as one of the best sci-fi action… More