District 9
District 9 (2009)

Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 14, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 22, 2009
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Technically brilliant and emotionally wrenching, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic.

Jeannette Catsoulis

The wonder is that despite its obvious roots, District 9 feels staggeringly original.

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Rafer Guzman

What the sci-fi action flick District 9 lacks in famous faces it makes up for with sheer imagination.

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Giovanni Fazio
Japan Times

It has become almost impossible to make a sci-fi film these days that doesn't spend its last 30 minutes in a multiple-orgasm roar of screaming, shooting and shattering explosions.

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Tom Charity

It's a brashly confident debut, full of sharp, inventive detail (the prawns are crazy for cat food) and rooted in a couple of Big Ideas. Well worth the time, if not all of it.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

You don't feel bamboozled, fooled, or patronized by District 9, as you did by most of the summer blockbusters. You feel winded, shaken, and shamed.

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Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday

Blomkamp is good at mustering speedy action and posting grisly sight gags in the background, carnage always hovering comically at the edge of your vision. But I'm not sure that District 9 entirely gets the earthling racism out of its own system.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

District 9 has too many gory vaporizations to qualify as a serious statement on race relations, but it does outclank Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen by a wide margin, and you thrill to the cleanly cut action sequences.

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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

Perhaps we're witnessing a new dawn for politically engaged sci-fi and horror, with Blomkamp as a latter-day George Romero. Either way, this is a stunningly impressive debut.

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Christopher Monfette
IGN Movies

District 9 is almost wholly unique this year in combining fantastic action with thoughtful, narrative filmmaking.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A gory sci fi smorgasbord with an amazing message.
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Eugene Bernabe
District 9 is a gritty, groundbreaking sci-fi thriller that highlights the sheer brilliance of Peter Jackson and Neil Blomkamp. From the stunning visuals to its… More
KJ Proulx
"District 9" strays far away from formula in this greatly entertaining futuristic sci-fi feature. In the future, aliens have inhabited an area of the… More
Carlos Magalhães
Besides the clichés, plot holes and incoherent use of the camera, any allusion to Apartheid seems dishonest, since it is hard to believe that anyone could be… More
Christopher Heim
A stone cold modern sci-fi classic that functions near perfectly as a raw and intensely-bloody action flick with deep layers of un-compromising… More