Prometheus (2012)

Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 8, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ridley Scott's ambitious quasi-prequel to Alien may not answer all of its big questions, but it's redeemed by its haunting visual grandeur and compelling performances -- particularly Michael Fassbender as a fastidious android.

Tom Charity

Even if the movie's logic ultimately spirals down into a vortex of hysteria, horror and hokum, I enjoyed the bulldozer intensity of the climax, which barely keeps a lid on the crackpot cult movie that's wrestling for the soul of this... blockbuster.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The movie may be a scare show that leaves many questions unanswered, but Scott's craft earns an exhausted kind of respect.

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James Hoare

Prometheus is a mesmerising collision of theological angst, going further than Alien in beating on HP Lovecraft's tentacle doorknocker.

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David Elliott
San Diego Reader

The story is a lurching carnival of budget blasts.

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Leonard Maltin

While I was completely engrossed in 'Prometheus', I felt a tug-of-war going on between the cerebral and visceral elements, right up to the finale.

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Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online

Prometheus is so visually ravishing with stunning special effects... But the characterizations are thin and one-note, leaving most of its talented cast members without much interesting to say or do before they get [killed].

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David Thomson
The New Republic

Prometheus is scary only in the sum of instincts and talent for movie-making that have been lost.

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Richard Roeper

Brilliant. Epic. Haunting. Grotesque. Great.

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Christopher Lawrence
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Prometheus is undeniably gorgeous. It's hard to imagine anything looking better, especially with its brilliant 3-D that's well worth the upsell.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhes
An ambitious movie with outstanding visuals and great ideas, but the existentialist debate never goes beyond obvious, and so even if it has a gripping mystery,… More
Kevin M. Williams
Its the future and scientists have found the traces of early alien visitation on Earth, and can trace the traces. So begins Ridley Scott's adventure to… More
Christopher Heim
To set the record straight, this movie is indeed an 'Alien' prequel. It offers insight to the origins of the alien creatures, the derelict ship, and… More
Wildaly M
It's a really good introduction to the Alien trilogy.
Dan Schultz
A smart, slam-bang thriller that engages its audience from its mysterious opening shot all the way to its open-ended conclusion, featuring a team of scientists… More
xGary Xx
When a team of scientists decipher what appears to be an ancient map to another world, an exploration vessel is dispatched to investigate in the hope of finding… More