The Thing
The Thing (1982)

John Carpenter's The Thing is both a remake of Howard Hawks' 1951 film of the same name and a re-adaptation of the John W. Campbell Jr. story "Who Goes There?" on which it was based. Carpenter's film is more faithful… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Grimmer and more terrifying than the 1950s take, John Carpenter's The Thing is a tense sci-fi thriller rife with compelling tension and some remarkable make-up effects.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Carpenter's direction is slow, dark, and stately; he seems to be aiming for an enveloping, novelistic kind of effect, but all he gets is heaviness.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Because this material has been done before, and better, especially in the original The Thing and Alien, there's no need to see this version.

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David Keyes

It personifies the definition of "popcorn entertainment" - that is, the kind of film that relishes the thrill of its many ambitious moments without seeking total transcendence.

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Variety Staff

If it's the most vividly guesome monster ever to stalk the screen that audiences crave, then The Thing is the thing. On all other levels, however, John Carpenter's remake of Howard Hawks' 1951 sci-fi classic comes as a letdown.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Carpenter has demonstrated that he can make good, comparatively plain, old-fashioned scare movies and effective suspense thrillers, but he seems to lose his own head when he combines two or more genres, as he [does here].

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Something close to an absolutely perfect exercise in how to construct a thriller.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Russell's sub-Eastwood heroics hardly compensate for the absence of all characterisation, while Bill Lancaster's script boasts the most illogical climax any monster movie ever had.

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James Berardinelli

This is one of those rare remakes that remains faithful to the premise of the original but does something unique with the concept.

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Fernando F. Croce

A magnificent cabinet of grotesqueries, one of the decade's great works

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