When Worlds Collide
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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 were able to come up with an adequate screen treatment, the property lay on the shelf until 1950, when producer George Pal was casting about for a follow-up to his successful sci-fier Destination Moon. Though the film was top-heavy with special effects, Pal was able to bring When Worlds Collide in for under a million dollars, thanks to an inexpensive cast… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This probably looks about as stodgy now as it did back then."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"George Pal's production is better remembered for its apocalyptic special effects than for the perfunctory dialogue, but the gripping story keeps you watching."
‑ , Time Out
"Cinema's most neurasthenic version of the apocalypse"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Totally outdated by now . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"A fun, sometimes cheesy descent into apocalyptic nonsense."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Top honors for this inter-planetary fantasy rest with the cameramen and special effects technicians rather than with performances of the non-name cast."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Too bad the finale plays like a greeting card you wish someone had just given you the money for instead."
‑ Rob Humanick, Suite101.com
"If the naive dramatic situations and trite idealism can be ignored, the viewer is in for an amazing spectacle of special effects."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Dated but enjoyable end of the world flick"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The bottom of the barrel of disaster movies"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Mr. Pal barely gets us out there, but this time he doesn't bring us back."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Best appreciated for its apocalyptic special effects."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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...."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"When Worlds Collide is sincere, but doesn't take itself too seriously."
‑ Kurt Dahlke, Apollo Guide
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