The Puppet Masters
The Puppet Masters (1994)

Robert A. Heinlein's 1951 novel The Puppet Masters comes to the screen 43 years later. Sharp-eyed viewers will recognize similarities to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but Heinlein's book came first. Parasitic space aliens invade… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Only the most undiscriminating monster-pic buff will come away satisfied.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

The Puppet Masters occasionally lives up to its reputation, but the delay between story conception and celluloid conversion has clearly wilted its power and potential.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...generally as far-fetched and overwrought as its 1950s sci-fi brethren.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

There's no suspense (ETs rampage from the word go); no frissons (loud hailers telegraph the shocks); and it's insufficiently bright to be an hommage.

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James Berardinelli

Attempts at detailed characterization don't work particularly well, and there's a love story that feels as forced as it is superfluous - although even that isn't as unnecessary as the film's final ten minutes.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lacked suspense.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A choppy, unsuspenseful succession of chases, melodramatic showdowns and routine special effects.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Despite accomplished special effects and a coolly intelligent script, this paranoid thriller never follows through on its eerie promise.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

About as nerve-wracking as a warm bath.

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