The Thing
The Thing (2011)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 31, 2012
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Critic Score
35%
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User Score
43%



Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It serves the bare serviceable minimum for a horror flick, but The Thing is all boo-scares and a slave to the far superior John Carpenter version.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A misguided and generally worthless prequel...

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

The line between homage and apery is a fine one, and The Thing teeters on it at times.

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Brian Miller
Village Voice

John Carpenter should approve of this reasonably respectful and tough-minded prequel to his 1982 The Thing.

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

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.

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

"It's big on the grotesquery but short on genuine scares."

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

It's no great thing, just a better Thing than expected.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The anticipation and final outcome of this prequel have been split right down the middle, was it a good idea in the first place?, should it have been a sequel… More
Samuel Riley
At first, I thought it would be a hopeless remake of John Carpenter's masterpiece. It eventually came out only slightly better than I thought. For those… More
xGary Xx
An Arctic research team discovers an alien spaceship buried in the ice and unwittingly unleashes a hostile life form that is capable of absorbing and… More
Anthony Lawrie
The 82 version of The Thing is awesome. It has a huge fan following that includes me. We didn't want a crappy sequel, this is horror holy grail, it is… More
Sophie Burgess
See the original.
Cynthia S.
Entertaining enough. As I watched this, I was assuming that it was a remake..I guess it's a prequel. Makes a little more sense now, I guess. The creatures… More

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