Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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In this classic (although low-budget) science-fiction thriller, emotionless aliens from outer space are using large seed pods to duplicate human bodies and take them over. While rekindling an old romance, a small-town physician discovers the pods, and soon he and his girlfriend realize that the aliens have targeted them for takeover.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"This modest, sci-fi-inflected 1956 horror movie may come to be seen as the defining metaphorical work of the twentieth century."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Don Siegel's superb little effort, with its matter-of-fact isolation of hero Kevin McCarthy (ironic, no?) from the smarmy complacency of a small town gone to hell -- and way beyond -- points the way to his gripping action films of the 60s and 70s."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"A movie that can claim kinship with Alberto Cavalcanti's Went the Day Well? as well as The Matrix and Under the Skin."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The modest budget and B-list stars (Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter) - enhance the movie's impact, and Don Siegel's taut direction makes the sheer ordinariness of the setting all the more scary."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Jack Finney's magazine story-turned novel "The Body Snatchers" has proven remarkably resilient through the years."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Few modern-day movies are more genuinely frightening."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"It's still a chilling picture, gaining over Phil Kaufman's smart remake by virtue of its intimate small town setting, and it has one of the greatest endings ever filmed."
‑ Tom Charity, Time Out
"A film whose righteous anger is visible in its every frame."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Although expertly remade twice - in 1978 and 1993 - and rather less successfully in 2007, the original is still the most striking, with a justly famous scalp-freezing ending."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Among the most thrilling cliffhangers in all of cinema."
‑ Rob Humanick, Suite101.com
"This tense, offbeat piece of science-fiction is occasionally difficult to follow due to the strangeness of its scientific premise. Action nevertheless is increasingly exciting."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Watch it in the cinema and you'll find yourself gazing warily at everyone else in your row."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Observer [UK]
"Brilliantly placed, however unwittingly, to illustrate America's political paranoia from both ends."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Don Siegel's taut, bleak, noir-flavoured picture is arguably the science-fiction B-movie of the 1950s, an age when screens glowed with the atomic threat and undulated with scuttling, supersized bugs."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"Talky, tame original sci-fi study in paranoia."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
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