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.

Jeannette Catsoulis

The wonder is that despite its obvious roots, District 9 feels staggeringly original.

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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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Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday

Blomkamp is good at mustering speedy action and posting grisly sight gags in the background, carnage always hovering comically at the edge of your vision. But I'm not sure that District 9 entirely gets the earthling racism out of its own system.

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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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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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Christopher Monfette
IGN Movies

District 9 is almost wholly unique this year in combining fantastic action with thoughtful, narrative filmmaking.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

District 9 has too many gory vaporizations to qualify as a serious statement on race relations, but it does outclank Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen by a wide margin, and you thrill to the cleanly cut action sequences.

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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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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

One of the most original, breathtaking and downright electrifying movie experiences of 2009.

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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
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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