Cocoon (1985)

This comic fantasy is the story of some elderly folks who encounter aliens when they find a swimming pool filled with large pods that possess the power to restore youth and vitality. Now they have to choose between eternal life or the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 21, 1985
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it may be too sentimental for some, Ron Howard's supernatural tale of eternal youth is gentle and heartwarming, touching on poignant issues of age in the process.

Emanuel Levy

An amiable, life-affirming fantasy-comedy about the rejuvenation of crotchery oldsters whose main distinction is offering roles to senior actors like Don Ameche (who won an Oscar), Hume Cronyn, and Jessica Tandy

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Time Out

Essentially, this is sci-fi with a heart, albeit one made entirely of cheese.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Sex talk, language make iconic '80s sci-fi better for teens.

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Cocoon weaves a mesmerizing tale.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

It has no real competition as this season's reigning fairy tale.

TV Guide

A gentle and effective heart-tugger.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Director Ron Howard brings a quality of gentleness and whimsy to the performances, but basically this is a highly calculated project brought in by those two old pros, producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown.

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Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

... much of the beauty of Cocoon... has to do with its deft, loving observation of the things of this Earth.

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James Plath

Poignant tale: To Age or Not to Age, That is the Question.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Sophie Burgess
I'm really surprised this isn't as well known as other, similar films like Close Encounters, as this is a cutesy and heart warming story of not only… More
Mike S
Magical and underrated, this wonderful sci-fi story still gives me goosebumps. I know many don't love it as much as I do, but there's just something… More
Christian C
Aj V
Wait, a second...old people want to go to outer space why? I didn't get this movie at all.
Jens S.
This 1980s sci-fi comedy doesn't really try to make you think it could be about a deadly alien invasion or serious threats to our old-timer protagonists.… More
Alex roy
Ron Howard's worst film. This is suposed to be a great sci fi adventure, it's a sappy film thats over sentimental and tries too hard to be a good sci… More