Alienoid

critic Reviews

, 85% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • For viewers with the appetite to indulge its sheer spectacle, Alienoid is often an otherworldly feast.
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    Simon AbramsRogerEbert.com
    The amazing thing is, as dorky and overstuffed as the plot tends to be—Alienoid is also often fast enough to keep pressing forward. What a rush&#59; what a headache.
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    Elisabeth VincentelliNew York Times
    The movie is bursting at the seams, as if Choi... was drunk on pure filmmaking pleasure and threw every cinematic genre into a gigantic blender.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    Alienoid can be a little too convoluted with plot developments that are jumbled into different timelines. However, this sci-fi adventure has plenty of orginal storytelling and interesting characters to keep viewers intrigued.
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    Rob ThomasCapital Times (Madison, WI)
    I’m not sure all those different parts all fit together very well, but the parts themselves are often a lot of fun, fast-moving and inventive.
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    Rob HunterFilm School Rejects
    Writer/director Choi Dong-hoon is comfortably at home with big, fast-moving tales populated by fun, shifty characters, and Alienoid is no different — aside from being his biggest film yet.
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    Emilie BlackCinema Crazed
    Overall, Alienoid is a fun ride with so much crammed in it that the almost 2.5 hours runtime doesn’t feel that long. It’s entertaining, it’s breathtaking in spots, and funny.
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    E.L. MeszarosCBR
    ... A visual spectacle rooted in a compelling story and bolstered by moments of genuine heart, fear, and hilarity.
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    Ray Gill Jr.Willamette Week
    Choi’s dizzying fusion of genres and a nearly two-and-a-half-hour runtime may alienate some viewers, but those who allow themselves to be immersed in the movie will be rewarded with an amazing jumping-off point for part two.
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    Beth AccomandoKPBS.org
    You can either complain about all its inconsistencies and unevenness or you can choose to surrender to its lunacy and just enjoy. When a film is made with this much gusto and unpretentious energy, I just surrender.
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    Christian ValentinSpectrum Culture
    A story heavy on set-up, one-note characters, and chunky exposition might lose some people. But the Korean blockbuster sheen and outrageously creative spectacle will win over even more.

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