The Man Who Fell to Earth
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Space alien (Bowie) crash lands on Earth, seeking help for his drought-stricken planet. By securing patents to advanced technology, he becomes a fabulously wealthy industrialist. However, money and its attendant decadence ultimately exert a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 5, 2000
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Filled with stunning imagery, The Man Who Fell to Earth is a calm, meditative film that profoundly explores our culture's values and desires.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

The Man Who Fell to Earth today plays like a movie that fell from the sky, origins unknown.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Feels like a tedious historical artifact. It's a sci-fi "Days of Wine and Roses" for the arthouse crowd.

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Phil Hoad

Iconic, and nearly canonic.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film is a more poignant (and infinitely bleaker) portrait of extraterrestrial homesickness than "E.T."

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

The most intellectually provocative genre film of the 1970s.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Still as mad and brilliantly infuriating as ever.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Bowie's screen debut still fascinates whenever he's on-screen, and it's full of little reminders of how much has changed since the movie was made.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Undeniably long, Panavision-wide, but of questionable depth.

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Shaun Munro
What Culture

Brimming with smart ideas - not to mention a stellar turn from Bowie - but roughly-hewn and completely excessive.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
An alien (David Bowie) comes to earth incognito with plans to earn billions of dollars, build a spaceship and export water to his barren home planet, but finds… More
Nicki Marie
Not sure I entirely understood this, but it's the type of movie you just sit back, watch, and then try and work out what it was all about later! As it… More
Alex roy
Sci Fi misfire that could have been much better, I really wanted to enjoy this film, but I felt that the film didn't go anywhere and ended up being more… More
Graham Jones
An odd film that features a decent performance from one of my favorite artists (Bowie) but the real star is Roeg's direction.
Apeneck Fletcher
Only for a cynical few, here is the opposite end of Spielberg's E.T, with a terrific (if unexpected) ensemble cast featuring Candy Clark, Rip Torn, Buck… More
Sophie Burgess
A very obvious vanity project, it could have been a lot better if they'd sat down and discussed the plot to the minutest detail. Bowie's performance… More