It Came from Outer Space
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It Came From Outer Space is one of a handful of science fiction films from the 1950s that plays as well today as it did on its original release, this despite the fact that its original 3-D elements seem to be lost. It was also the first science fiction effort of director Jack Arnold, and one of three excellent 3-D features that he made (the others were Creature From the Black Lagoon and Revenge of the Creature) during that format's short-lived history. It was also, along with The Incredible Shrinking Man, one of the two most sophisticated films he ever made in that genre. Additionally, it… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"Picture has been smartly fashioned to take advantage of all the tricks of science-fiction and 3-D."
‑ , Variety
"The 3-D process leaves the image somewhat murky, but you can discern sparks of authentic pulp poetry throughout."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Among top five of 1950s sci-fi classics, starring great effects along with Richard Carlson."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Good, old-fashioned drive-in fun."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Serling observed that for as lovely as Bradbury was to read, his prose proved nearly impossible to say."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"[A] scary black-and-white SF effort from 1953."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"If anything, a modern vantage point reaffirms how devastatingly the film hits the nail on the head."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"One of the better science-fiction films to come out of the Cold War 50s, this one must be counted among the anti-McCarthy statements."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Surprisingly good '50s alien invasion flick with giant eyeballs -- maintains its charm despite the lack of 3-D effects on most video copies."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"The hokey "xenomorphs" would egregiously emphasize the film's subtle indictment of human prejudice."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Merely mildly diverting, not stupendous."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Despite the lurid title and the involvement of several genre regulars, It Came from Outer Space is hardly a typical 'Fifties sci-fi movie."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Conta com uma temática rica que, ao contrário de boa parte de seus contemporâneos, usa os alienígenas não como metáfora para a ameaça comunista, mas para condenar o preconceito."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"predates the paranoia trope made so popular in 1956's Invasion of the Body Snatchers about what is human and what is alien."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"While It Came from Outer Space's theme is a refreshing change of pace from the doomsaying brethren of its era, its appearance is not."
‑ Christopher Null,
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