When Worlds Collide
When Worlds Collide (1951)

First published in 1932, Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer's speculative novel When Worlds Collide was immediately purchased by Paramount as a possible project for director Cecil B. DeMille. But because none of Paramount's scriptwriters… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: September 25, 2001
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77%
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User Score
63%



Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This probably looks about as stodgy now as it did back then.

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Time Out

George Pal's production is better remembered for its apocalyptic special effects than for the perfunctory dialogue, but the gripping story keeps you watching.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Cinema's most neurasthenic version of the apocalypse

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Variety Staff
Variety

Top honors for this inter-planetary fantasy rest with the cameramen and special effects technicians rather than with performances of the non-name cast.

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Rob Humanick
Suite101.com

Too bad the finale plays like a greeting card you wish someone had just given you the money for instead.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

If the naive dramatic situations and trite idealism can be ignored, the viewer is in for an amazing spectacle of special effects.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Mr. Pal barely gets us out there, but this time he doesn't bring us back.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Best appreciated for its apocalyptic special effects.

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Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com

Never mind plot logic, don't think too hard about the 'sci' component of the sci-fi, and certainly keep the unsubtle sociology and Pal's typical Bible-based gloss in perspective. When Worlds Collide remains entertaining and satisfying....

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Sophie Burgess
The Earth will be destroyed in 8 months time. A group of scientists and many civilians help to create a rocket to allow humanity to continue on. Brilliantly… More
Randy Tippy
This is not your typical low-budget 50's sci-fi thriller. The effects here, with the possible exception of the final scene, are stunning. This is global… More
Christopher Heim
A surprisingly intelligent disaster movie and a nice sci-fi gem from the 1950's. Despite the film's low budget, the special effects are quite… More
Luke Baldock
50's was a great time for Sci-Fi. With the moon landings approaching but not quite here, it was the perfect time for imagination and science to collide.… More
AJ Verser
I know that this movie is not usually regarded as one of the classic or best sci-fi movies of the 50s, even the early 50s, but I think it's highly… More
Daniel Hetteix
One of the earliest and most amazing (for the time, of course) usages of special effects to "Destroy the World", such as tsunamis and volcanic floods.… More