Alien Nation
Alien Nation (1988)

When some aliens known as Newcomers set down on Earth and try to integrate themselves into 1990s Los Angeles, racial-like tensions erupt, providing the backdrop for this odd, made-for-television science-fiction thriller. James Caan stars as… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 7, 1988
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2001
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Alien Nation takes the interesting premise of extraterrestrials living among us and doesn't do enough with it, emphasizing a police procedural plotline over the more intriguing sci-fi elements.

Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

With the sci-fi and horror aspects toned down, Alien Nation becomes little more than a cop show with a twist-and one that will satisfy only the most gullible of action fans.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Smart sci-fi premise should have made a better movie

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Fun gimmick cop movie with aliens

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Uma idéia potencialmente instigante que acaba sendo desperdiçada por um roteiro tomado pelos clichês.

Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

Caan is good, but this is just a very standard buddy cop movie disguised as a sci-fi thriller. Plays better on TV, though.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

It begins focusing on the cross-cultural and human dimensions of the tale but it turns into just another police flick replete with crashing cars and endless shootouts.

Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Fascinating and somewhat timely themed sci-fi flick, a minor classic.

Clint Morris

Patinkin in one of his best, most memorable performances

Brian Mckay

A shallow dissertation on race relations made watchable by the sci-fi/Police thriller theme. Caan and Patankin have good chemistry, and there are some amusing culture clashes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
I enjoyed the hell out of this. Check out this premise: In the futuristic world of 1992, Aliens have landed and we've granted them citizenship in our… More
_kelly .King
Not bad considering it's an 80s mash of two usually unbearable film genres, science fiction and buddy cop movies. I don't regret seeing it, but… More
Al S
A great film. A fantastic mixture of science fiction, suspense, comedy and action. A genre-bending classic that you cant help but love. A wonderfully… More
Jason Spencer
I thought it was pretty good and it might be the way things would happen. The cast worked well together and soon after there was a decent tv show spin off.
xGary Xx
A race of alien beings known as newcomers crashland on Earth and become the newest immigrants in Los Angeles. When some of them are found executed a bigoted… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A gritty police drug drama with a whole race of interesting aliens thrown in. It's a nice mix. The racial issues come to a new light. An engaging story is… More