Alien
Alien (1979)

"In space, no one can hear you scream." A close encounter of the third kind becomes a Jaws-style nightmare when an alien invades a spacecraft in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic. On the way home from a mission for the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 25, 1979
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole.

Ernest Leogrande
New York Daily News

This is a screamingly spooky sci-fi tale with more than a few echoes of "The Thing" but echoes which enhance rather than detract.

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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times

The most startling thing watching Alien again is its pacing. For the first 45 minutes, little happens. It's all slow, exquisite build-up, which makes the second half seem all the more horrific.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

There have also been digital restorations and improvements to the original film's negative and sound mix, but the best thing about this rerelease is simply the opportunity to see the awesome Alien in theatres again.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Seen again a quarter-century later, we marvel at how the filmmaker generates so much tension and sweat with a bare minimum of moving parts.

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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine

It is depressing to watch an expensive, crafty movie that never soars beyond its cold desire to score the big bucks.

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Ted Whitehead
The Spectator

It's tempting to describe the brilliantly staged scenes of horror and surprise but it would be a shame not to allow the film to reveal its own secrets, enough to say that the tension is savage and you are held in suspense right up to the end frames.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

The limited strengths of its staple sci-fi horrors always derived from either the offhand organic/ Freudian resonances of its design or the purely (brilliantly) manipulative editing and pacing of its above-average shock quota.

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

The limited strengths of its staple sci-fi horrors always derived from either the offhand organic/ Freudian resonances of its design or the purely (brilliantly) manipulative editing and pacing of its above-average shock quota.

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Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph (UK)

A sci-fi thriller of palpable, nerve-tingling tension, with Sigourney Weaver -- playing warrant officer Ellen Ripley -- in stunning form.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A fantastic blend of sci-fi and horror, incredibly suspenseful and carefully elaborated with a perfect pacing. Scott knows very well how to slowly build a… More
Sam Barnett
'Alien' has aged remarkably well as a science fiction film, but not so much as a horror film. Beautiful and atmospheric, yet its formula (a group… More
Wildaly M
A classic.
xGary Xx
The crew of commercial towing vehicle Nostromo investigate a signal from an unexplored planet and unleash a hostile organism. Once again, Ridley Scott creates a… More
Chris Weber
It's a rare thing for horror films to get much critical praise and respect, but once in a while that changes. This was especially true in the 1970s thanks… More
Al S
A sci-fi horror classic of the finest kind. Director, Ridley Scott crafts a fine piece of terror that stay with you long after its over. A first-rate, edge of… More