E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Playing as both an exciting sci-fi adventure and a remarkable portrait of childhood, Steven Spielberg's touching tale of a homesick alien remains a piece of movie magic for young and old.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

It is the kind of film that young people are going to want to see again immediately after they've seen it.

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Don McKellar
Village Voice

More than the work of any other filmmaker, Spielberg's output seems uniquely designed to induce in me this queasy false-memory syndrome.

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Glenn Dunks

E.T. remains Spielberg's finest demonstration of his ability to merge the feelings of suburban dissatisfaction - alienation, if you will - that permeates a lot of his work, with a unique sense of childhood wonder and imagination

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

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.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Joanna Berry
Radio Times

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.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

An appealing film this new one is, with some charm, some glee in the childrens' triumphs, some share in their friendship with E.T.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A contemporary classic.

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Total Film

You're still gonna need those tissues.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Steven Spielberg is one of the most famous directors in the world and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial is one of his most beloved films, which is remarkable… More
Tyler Robertson
If you have not seen this movie at least once, then I must ask you one thing: Why? E.T. is about an alien who is accidentally left on Earth by his spaceship and… More
Alice Shen
SO WONDERFUL! It's even sadder and more heartfelt watching this as an adult! The bikes flying is so triumphant, and the sibling loyalty is touching.… More
Eugene Bernabe
Spielberg breaks boundaries and moves mountains with this phenomenal blend of sci-fi and family fun. The young kids (including and up-and-coming Drew Barrymore)… More
Candy Rose
Excellent movie about a boy who finds an alien and tries to help him get home. I cry every time I watch this movie. My favourite scene is the iconic bicycle… More
Jason Spencer