The Thing
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Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew's pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Efficient enough for newcomers perhaps, but never that chilling, and the predictably dull CGI underlines how far movie magic has regressed in the past couple of decades."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"It's not rocket science, but The Thing does offer solid cheap thrills for the slick gore crowd, proving once again: Horror doesn't have to be horrible."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A misguided and generally worthless prequel..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"For a creature feature set on the South Pole, it lacks urgency, or even a sense that it's very cold in Antarctica."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"If this take is perfectly passable, it also is distinctly forgettable."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The line between homage and apery is a fine one, and The Thing teeters on it at times."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"John Carpenter should approve of this reasonably respectful and tough-minded prequel to his 1982 The Thing."
‑ Brian Miller, Village Voice
"There's just no sense of dread in this "Thing," no notion that these people are truly at the edge of the world, with nowhere to escape and no one to trust."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"The fact that The Thing falls flat is proof positive that unlike the film's industrious alien, parasitic remakes can't easily carbon copy the host."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"Can't possibly compare to the film it's inspired by, but if you've not seen the 1982 version, you should find it reasonably harmless, albeit with an increasingly daft climax."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
""It's big on the grotesquery but short on genuine scares.""
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"It's no great thing, just a better Thing than expected."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Since Heijningen already had dibs on The Thing's hallowed name, he didn't even bother trying to conjure any of its slow-burning suspense or claustrophobic vibe."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Gets the externals but can't duplicate the authentic chill and isolation of the original."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
""The Thing" is not half as good as the Carpenter film, but it has enough shocks and scares to keep you interested. And, if you see it first, then at least you have the back story for viewing the 1982 classic. Gore is good. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
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