Aliens (1986)

Big-budget special effects, swiftly paced action, and a distinct feminist subtext from writer/director James Cameron turned what should have been a by-the-numbers sci-fi sequel into both a blockbuster and a seven-time Oscar nominee.… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: July 18, 1986
DVD Release Date: June 1, 1999
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While Alien was a marvel of slow-building, atmospheric tension, Aliens packs a much more visceral punch, and features a typically strong performance from Sigourney Weaver.

Rick Kogan
Chicago Tribune

Scene to scene, encounter to encounter, its tension builds unrelentingly. So, fasten your seat belts. It`s a blast.

Full review…
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This film is also the best monster movie of the year and the best picture of any kind to open so far this summer. Put it another way: Aliens is the Jaws of the '80s.

Full review…
Michael Fairbanks
The Young Folks

Cameron's film is a lot of fun for what it is, a bonanza of brash action sequences and delicious camaraderie. It proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that while nobody can hear you scream in space, they can certainly hear you shoot.

Full review…
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

[Aliens] is a spectacular example of state-of-the-art science fiction simply because it never tries to be overtly spectacular.

Full review…
Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Action thrillers assail but rarely test us; this is the tautest, most provoking, and altogether most draining example ever made.

Full review…
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

An excellent science fiction, horror, action AND war film.

Full review…
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

It's blaster action, not Gothic future-horror. Fortunately, director-screenwriter James Cameron has shaped his film around the defiant intelligence and sensual athleticism of Weaver, and that's where Aliens works best.

Full review…
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Count me out of the fan club for this one.

Full review…
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Much more high energy but just as sophisticated as the original...

Full review…
More reviews for Aliens

Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
While the first film focused on creating an atmosphere of pure tension, this sequel is much more action-oriented, even if its first hour is actually very slow -… More
Chris Weber
Just like the film that precedes it, Aliens is a cinematic masterpiece. Whereas Alien was a space horror type film that was all about mood, tone, and… More
Mister Caple
Director James Cameron's 1986 blockbuster follow-up to Ridley Scott's Oscar winning science-fiction/horror flick that became one of the biggest… More
xGary Xx
Ripley is awakened from stasis to find that she has been gone for 57 years and is being made a scapegoat for the loss of her ship. But then contact is lost with… More
Dead Angel
I liked this more than the first one. Simply a rocking movie & I do recommend it to watch. But you need to watch the first one to get the general idea about… More
Eric Shankle
A film that expands off of the ideas presented in the original. "Aliens" is more of an action film but it still has developed characters and a story… More