Screamers (1996)

This action-packed sci-fi thriller is set upon the planet Sirius 6B in the year 2078. The planet has been decimated by a vast nuclear war. Many have survived, but their continued survival is threatened by the dreaded screamers, strange… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 26, 1996
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2000
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ken Tucker
Entertainment Weekly

Based on a short story by the great nutball sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, Screamers is more like a high-pitched rip-off of Alien.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Until it succumbs to one cliche too many, Screamers, which was directed by Christian Duguay, does an efficient job of generating a stomach-knotting tension.

Stefan Birgir Stefansson

not as cool as it could be

Brendan Kelly

A fun, fast-paced futuristic thriller with enough jolts per frame to keep even the most impatient action fan happy.

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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times

There's nothing exhilarating or enjoyable in any of this.

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Dragan Antulov

Sacrifices last traces of plausibility and common sense for the sake of "surprise" twist that any experienced viewer could have predicted ages ago.

Derek Adams
Time Out

The design and effects teams have lent scale and impact to the futuristic locations and sets. If only Duguay's flashy, aimless direction had succeeded in filling these barren wastes and antiseptic interiors with something resembling human life.

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James Berardinelli

Screamers oozes atmosphere. It's a dark film that borrows heavily from the likes of the Alien films, Dune, Blade Runner, and John Carpenter's updated The Thing.

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Madeleine Williams

The movie ends with a weak gimmick, and leaves you with the feeling that it could have done better had it had more trust in itself and its own concepts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A collection of soldiers and refugees from a civil war on an abandoned colony planet are hunted by an army of self replicating killing machines that have… More
Well made if somewhat corny sci-fi. Worth a look.
Brian De Guelle
Great Film and a good performace for Peter Weller.Nice idea for a movie and the soundtrack is fitting. It's a blast.
Dann Michalski
Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, Screamers is a visionary science fiction thriller. In this adaptation set in the distant future, a group of abandoned… More
Dean McKenna
This sci-fi film is fine, but slow-paced and predictable.
Steven Vincent Gee
Based on a <i>Phillip K. Dick</i> story, this movie delivers, but suffers because of the apparently tight budget. The special effects feel fated… More