E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
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Both a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that captures that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities (some wonderful, some awful), and the universe seems somehow separate from the one inhabited by grown-ups. Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is the kind of film that young people are going to want to see again immediately after they've seen it."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"On inherent merit, the movie would not warrant such a highly publicized re-release, but this is one of those films that transcends what's on the screen."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"This is a special, delightful adventure, in which Spielberg manages not only to entertain young children but also reach out to the child in all of us."
‑ Joanna Berry, Radio Times
"Unchecked goodness has its price, after all, and childhood wonder wouldn't be nearly as sweet if it didn't fade. That may explain the film's appeal. It trapped that feeling, and its sense of possibility, in amber -- then, now, and for any time."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"It makes us believe in magic again even as grizzled, cynical adults."
‑ Rob Vaux, Mania.com
"An appealing film this new one is, with some charm, some glee in the childrens' triumphs, some share in their friendship with E.T."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A contemporary classic."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"You're still gonna need those tissues."
‑ , Total Film
"among all that corniness, there's a great little movie"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"One of Spielberg's two or three masterpieces, an extremely satisfying sci-fi fable."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"More than the work of any other filmmaker, Spielberg's output seems uniquely designed to induce in me this queasy false-memory syndrome."
‑ Don McKellar, Village Voice
"Though marred by Spielberg's usual carelessness with narrative points, the film alternates sweetness and sarcasm with enough rhetorical sophistication to be fairly irresistible."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial still evokes laughter, tears and that heart-lifting surge of joy only a great movie can bring."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"...a celebration of kid culture from a time when fun meant riding your bike and playing D&D with your friends."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"Steven Spielberg at his most pure."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
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