Contact (1997)

She's known it since she was a young girl, when she would magically connect with distant voices on her father's shortwave radio. She's known it since college, when she chose the search for intelligent extraterrestrial messages… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 11, 1997
DVD Release Date: December 16, 1997
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Something like one of those mysterious asteroids that get the astronomers all worked up: a large body of gaseous matter surrounding a relatively small core of solid substance.

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Washington Post

Begins with a big bang, gradually falls into a lull and finally succumbs to entropy.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Thoughtful adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel.

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When it's good, it's very good. And when it's not, it can be as silly and self-important as a bad '50s sci-fi movie.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Contact takes forever to lift off.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Uma ficção científica que confere peso semelhante aos dois termos do gênero: se sua narrativa ficcional é intrigante e bem desenvolvida, sua ciência jamais se entrega ao implausível.

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Todd McCarthy

Like Jodie Foster's hopeful space voyager in the picture, "Contact" may not travel quite as far as it hopes to go, but the trip is worth taking nonetheless.

Sarah Kerr

When Contact finally comes alive, it leaves you frightened and thrilled and emotionally overwrought, as only a child can be. The rest is pandering.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis of the best pure science-fiction films since 2001.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Robert Zemeckis crafts a very good science fiction drama, but in many ways it does lack a bit. The sheer scope of the film is grand, its ideas are very good,… More
Raymond Wieser
It's nice to see a science-fiction movie go into depth about things and not just have aliens blowing things up everywhere. Discussions about religion and… More
Christian C
Fascinating story about first alien contact. Brilliant story telling in which complex ideas are communicated simply enough to be understood by a non-technogeek… More
Adriel Lim
I loved the novel profoundly, but for this movie, it falls short.
Kevin M. Williams
Robert Zemekis and Jodie Foster take on Carl (who died before the film was finished) Sagan's optimistic speculation on what the first alien (as in: from… More
Jens S.
While the film starts out really slow, taking its time to introduce its main character, her dreams and motivations, it soon picks up pace once the signals from… More