War of the Worlds
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An ordinary man has to protect his children against alien invaders in this science fiction thriller, freely adapted from the classic story by H.G. Wells. Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is a dockworker living in New Jersey, divorced from his first wife Mary Ann (Miranda Otto) and estranged from his two children Rachel and Robbie (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin), of whom he has custody on weekends. On one such visitation, looking after the kids becomes a little more difficult when, after a series of strange lighting storms hit his neighborhood, Ray discovers that a fleet of death-ray robotic… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Spielberg's calculations turn out to be more prominent than any effects they could possibly produce, and the less pretentious 1953 version by producer George Pal emerges as more likable."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Overall, the film is too lacking in feeling to provide a recognizably human experience."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The story is affecting, the action scenes are thrilling, the issues are resonant."
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
"Alien invasion thriller too scary for young kids."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
"An exciting, intense, gruesome, and awfully subversive piece of science fiction escapism..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The film succeeds as pure sensation, an exacting distillation of fear."
‑ Jessica Winter, Time Out
"It's a thrilling ride...[but] this bountiful pot of signifiers leaves a caustic aftertaste."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"An unstoppable juggernaut of action and anxiety that will have you blundering from the cinema in a state of nervous exhaustion. Don't expect any soft drink promotional tie-ins with this summer blockbuster."
‑ , Film4
"so impressive in so many ways that it makes the frustration over its miserable final moments that much harder to bear"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"See it, but lower your expectations."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is huge and scary, moving and funny-another capper to a career that seems like an unending succession of captivations."
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine
"War of the Worlds is taut, gripping and surprisingly dark filmmaking."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"War of the Worlds is that most rare of screen adaptations - a film that is faithful to its origins and at the same time, its own separate creature. The first half is better than the second, but what a first half."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"...in its own right it works well enough most of the time to pass an entertaining couple of hours."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"great flick from spielberg"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
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