It Came from Outer Space
It Came from Outer Space (1953)

It Came From Outer Space is one of a handful of science fiction films from the 1950s that plays as well today as it did on its original release, this despite the fact that its original 3-D elements seem to be lost. It was also the first… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 23, 1953
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It Came From Outer Space is a pulpy-but-effective psychological sci-fi picture, with a provocative message about xenophobia.


Picture has been smartly fashioned to take advantage of all the tricks of science-fiction and 3-D.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The 3-D process leaves the image somewhat murky, but you can discern sparks of authentic pulp poetry throughout.

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Steve Crum

Among top five of 1950s sci-fi classics, starring great effects along with Richard Carlson.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[A] scary black-and-white SF effort from 1953.

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Rob Humanick

If anything, a modern vantage point reaffirms how devastatingly the film hits the nail on the head.

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TV Guide

One of the better science-fiction films to come out of the Cold War 50s, this one must be counted among the anti-McCarthy statements.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Merely mildly diverting, not stupendous.

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James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Despite the lurid title and the involvement of several genre regulars, It Came from Outer Space is hardly a typical 'Fifties sci-fi movie.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Conta com uma temática rica que, ao contrário de boa parte de seus contemporâneos, usa os alienígenas não como metáfora para a ameaça comunista, mas para condenar o preconceito.

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Bruce Bruce
Now this is a pretty good Chiller Theater / Drive In Movie, one that has gotten by me all these years. Put out by Universal Pictures International it ranks as… More
Dimitris Springer
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xGary Xx
Classic monster flick penned by Ray Bradbury that's a cut above the usual 50s sci-fi fare. Strange how all scientists in the 50s were perfectly coiffed… More
Marcus Woolcott
The strengths are all in the story - and it's a beauty.