Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Noticing an increasing amount of strangely detached behavior amongst his friends and neighbors, a health inspector soon discovers that the population of Earth is being taken over by alien "pod people." This big-budget remake of… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Employing gritty camerawork and evocative sound effects, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a powerful remake that expands upon themes and ideas only lightly explored in the original.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Gives remakes a good name.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Set at the intersection of post-Vietnam paranoia and the myopic introspection that became hippiedom's most lasting cultural contribution, the Philip Kaufman-directed Invasion alternates social commentary with impeccably crafted scares.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] Thematically, the film's allegory regarding viral-groupthink has plenty of wiggle-room for interpretation because it is so profoundly vague yet universal.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

This film wants to have it both ways: to have a more urbane, more "important" scope than the original, and yet retain some of its inexpensive intimacy as well.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Ideas that Siegel knocked off in a few shots are expanded to fill entire sequences -- but they're good ideas, and can stand a little stretching.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

one of the best remakes ever

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Variety Staff
Variety

Invasion of the Body Snatchers validates the entire concept of remakes.

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

Kaufman here turns in his most Movie Brattish film, but soft-pedals on both his special effects and knowing in-jokiness in a way that puts De Palma to shame.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

It was always going to be hard to better Don Siegel's 1956 classic, and if director Philip Kaufman doesn't quite succeed, he does manage to summon up an equally chilling air of paranoia.

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Spencer S.
Alien invasion films are always fun to watch, whether you're looking at the political and societal aspects, or just love watching the protagonist stop the… More
Graham Jones
This remake of the classic 1956 Don Siegel film is maybe the best remake of all time. With the greatest sound design I have ever heard, the audio track adds a… More
David Ladd
This is probably one of the most disturbing PG rated horror movies that I have ever seen, and one of the best remakes of an old classic. This movie is basically… More
Drew Smith
Far and away the best of the four Body Snatchers films - and I say this without even having seen 2008's The Invasion, because seriously? All three… More
AJ Verser
Although it is a remake of a classic sci-fi film from the 50s, it has an excellent cast, and they really bring the story to life. Overall, it's a good… More

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