The Hidden
The Hidden (1987)

In this darkly humorous, taut sci-fi thriller an LAPD officer is assigned to work with a very strange FBI agent in order to solve a puzzling series of increasingly violent crimes. The detective has seen the crook face to face and was struck… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 21, 1997
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The Hidden is a well-constructed thriller, directed with swift assurance by Jack Sholder, brought down by an utterly conventional sci-fi ending.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Too predictable, and even though wickedly fun at times, it's only halfway as awesome as it might have been.

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Chuck O'Leary

A fast and furious blast of sci-fi action that was obviously inspired by The Terminator.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Powered by a driving rock score, this is by turns sleek, reckless, and smoothly effective, like a Ferrari with a psycho killer at the wheel.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Its virtues are ones that you almost never encounter in movies of this sort; it's really a unique little item -- if there's such a thing as punk soulfulness, then this movie has it.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of those pleasant surprises that turned out far more intelligent and exciting than it looked, and it holds up well nearly 20 years later.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A jokey sci-fi horror movie about the desperate pursuit of a vile ''thing'' from outer space.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A sleeper that talks like a thriller and walks like a thriller, but has more brains than the average thriller.

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Andreas Samuelson

What could have been a great sci-fi horror flick with awesome effects priorities talky buddy-cop thriller and alien comedy clichés

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Well made sci-fi/action combo, showing you don't need a lot of money, or convulted stories, to make a fine sci-fi flick.
Tim Salmons
The Hidden, a Jack Sholder-directed 80's sci-fi fest, is about as entertaining as one would hope it to be. The film can be quite disgusting at times with… More
Alex roy
Jack Sholder's Sci Fi horror yarn is a highly entertaining film that is a highly engaging experience from start to finish. Although some elements here are… More
JY Skacto
When there is an action sci-fi mixed bag with Kyle MacLachlan as the lead, you will have a blockbuster on your hands right? I think not, but this isn't a… More
xGary Xx
A police detective puzzled by a rash of crimes in which seemingly ordinary, law abiding citizens suddenly become Ferrari stealing, bank robbing psychopaths… More
Brian De Guelle
Hidden is a rare 80's beast. Alien body swaping film with action and gore with a great 80's rock music. Has dated since 1987 but that what must it a… More