The Day the Earth Stood Still
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All of Washington, D.C., is thrown into a panic when an extraterrestrial spacecraft lands near the White House. Out steps Klaatu (Michael Rennie, in a role intended for Claude Rains), a handsome and soft-spoken interplanetary traveler, whose "bodyguard" is Gort (Lock Martin), a huge robot who spews forth laser-like death rays when danger threatens. After being wounded by an overzealous soldier, Klaatu announces that he has a message of the gravest importance for all humankind, which he will deliver only when all the leaders of all nations will agree to meet with him. World politics… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"The Day the Earth Stood Still may at first look like goofy, outdated science fiction, but its timeless warnings about violence, nuclear confrontation and the difficulties of policing the planet have made it an enduring cultural classic."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Edmund H North's intelligent script and Wise's smooth direction are serious without being solemn, while Bernard Herrmann's effectively alien-sounding score reinforces the atmosphere of strangeness and potential menace."
‑ , Time Out
"Yes kids, media was idiotic and hysterical long before the likes of Glenn Beck were around."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"Embora soe ingênuo e mesmo datado para os dias de hoje, permanece interessante graças à figura enigmática e superior de Rennie e à ameaça representada pelo impassível Gort."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Made at the time as a plead for international peace, its message should still ring true today where the world picture is more complex and, in many ways, more splintered and dangerous."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Like most of Robert Wise's work, this slickly constructed 1951 science fiction film settles squarely in the middle of its genre, better than some and worse than others."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Today, wistful viewers might ask: Where are Klaatu and Gort when we need them most?"
‑ Glenn Abel, Hollywood Reporter
"A sci-fi classic that still resonates."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"An enduring film property with an unforgettable catch phrase ('Klaatu barada nikto')...[and] socially conscious themes. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"More thoughtful and restrained than most sci-fi of the period, The Day the Earth Stood Still has aged better than almost all of its peers."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Cast, although secondary to the story, works well."
‑ , Variety
"It is comforting, of course, to have it made plain that our planetary neighbors are much wiser and more peaceful than are we, but this makes for a tepid entertainment in what is anamolously labeled the science-fiction field."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Robert Wise looks at the Atomic Age and wonders: 'What would Jesus do?'"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"...remains a cut above the majority of its campy '50s brethren..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"...dispels any notion you might have about shlocky science fiction."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
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