The Day the Earth Stood Still
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The Day the Earth Stood Still
In this contemporary reinvention of the 1951 science fiction classic, renowned scientist Dr. Helen Benson finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu, who travels across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. When forces beyond Helen's control treat the extraterrestrial as a hostile and deny his request to address the world's leaders, she and her estranged stepson Jacob quickly discover the deadly ramifications of Klaatu's claim that he is "a friend to the Earth." Now Helen must find a way to convince the entity who was sent to destroy us that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The special effects in 1951 were hokey fun. Here, in the first half of the movie anyway, they are hokey but they aren't fun."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"One can only hope that in the future [Reeves] will devote himself to playing androids, less-self-aware species of undead, stylish pieces of contemporary furniture, and other roles that do not require the exhibition of any recognizably human traits."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"The Day The Earth Stood Still is a missed opportunity for sure - you'll leave the cinema not enlightened or entertained, but wondering just how mankind's last stand could wind up being so fatally underwhelming."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Robert Wise's original is well served by 20th Century Fox's popcorny but respectful update, a sturdy, entertaining sci-fi actioner."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Those next to me in the cinema staring blankly at the screen gave a remarkably similar performance to that of Reeves without even being aware of it."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
"The remake of that fine old fifties alien-invasion picture The Day the Earth Stood Still comes to a standstill about an hour before the Earth does in the wilds of New Jersey."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"You'll be doing yourself a huge favor if you go into this movie with lowered expectations."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The world doesn't actually stand still. The corners of Keanu Reeves' mouth, his eyebrows and most of his other facial features, however, remain motionless for almost two hours."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Now we know what happens when the Earth slows below 55 mph and stands still."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"About 20 minutes in The Day the Earth Stood Still -- well, the movie stood still and never moved."
‑ Clay Cane,
"What a ridiculous movie."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Solemn, sober and efficient, The Day the Earth Stood Still gets the job done and moves on."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"As a flashy big-budget distraction, Stood Still is adequate overall -- rarely above, occasionally below -- and often familiar in its spectacle."
‑ William Goss, Cinematical
"An entirely unnecessary and unremarkable remake."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"It's just like us to be arrogant enough to believe, like Marvell's coy mistress, that our cherry is the ripest for busting of the lot."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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