Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

In this elaborate remake of the 1956 horror classic, health inspector Donald Sutherland is dispatched to investigate the curious behavior of several San Francisco restaurateurs. He begins to notice that even those closest to him are… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 22, 1978
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Employing gritty camerawork and evocative sound effects, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a powerful remake that expands upon themes and ideas only lightly explored in the original.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

It's interesting to observe how Kaufman and screenwriter W.D. Richter contrive to exploit and refine elements from both Finney's novel and Siegel's film in the new movie version, an unusually imaginative and adroit but also self-conscious remake.

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Variety Staff

Invasion of the Body Snatchers validates the entire concept of remakes.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A remarkable science fiction tale that still stuns, baffles, and chills.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Gives remakes a good name.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Set at the intersection of post-Vietnam paranoia and the myopic introspection that became hippiedom's most lasting cultural contribution, the Philip Kaufman-directed Invasion alternates social commentary with impeccably crafted scares.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers remains the best of the four adaptations, but this second take is similarly noteworthy and continues to grow in stature over the years.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

This film wants to have it both ways: to have a more urbane, more "important" scope than the original, and yet retain some of its inexpensive intimacy as well.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Ideas that Siegel knocked off in a few shots are expanded to fill entire sequences -- but they're good ideas, and can stand a little stretching.

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Dustin Putman

Emotionally stirring, visually striking and having not aged a day, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" cries out for individuality in a skewed, nightmarish totalitarian reality. The results are as squirmily potent in 2016 as they no doubt were in 1978.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Even though it relies on a gripping feel of intense paranoia, this is an overlong sci-fi/horror movie that suffers from certain problems in logic and kills its… More
Graham Jones
This remake of the classic 1956 Don Siegel film is maybe the best remake of all time. With the greatest sound design I have ever heard, the audio track adds a… More
Kevin M. Williams
"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you," goes the famous insight, and there's that part of this… More
Drew Smith
Far and away the best of the four Body Snatchers films - and I say this without even having seen 2008's The Invasion, because seriously? All three… More
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Spencer S.
Alien invasion films are always fun to watch, whether you're looking at the political and societal aspects, or just love watching the protagonist stop the… More