The Andromeda Strain
The Andromeda Strain (1971)

A satellite crashes near a small Arizona town, bringing with it a deadly alien virus in this science fiction thriller based on Michael Crichton's novel. After the townspeople are wiped out by the contagion, a team of scientists bands… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 12, 1971
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2000
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Robert Wise brings his Academy Award-winning sobriety and meticulousness to a pulp tale that cries out for the slapdash vigor of a Roger Corman.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

Nothing very exciting goes on.

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Emanuel Levy

Robert Wise's version of Chrihton's popular novel is a decent (but no more) film, with some good art design.

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Variety Staff

Nelson Gidding's adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel is too literal and talky.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Splendid entertainment that will get you worried about whether they'll be able to contain that strange blob of alien green crystal.

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Fernando F. Croce


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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Wise does rather plod through the plot.

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Kieron Moore

Gidding's script prioritises the scientific process over any kind of drama or character, and the bulk of the movie which details this process can seriously plod.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Uma ficção-científica inteligente, para adultos, que usa a "ficção" como trampolim para sua fascinante "ciência". E a direção de arte é um espetáculo à parte, mesmo que datada.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The first alien invasion could be of a virus. Could be. That's writer Michael Crichton's conjectural basis for this interesting foray into sci-fi.… More
El Hombre Invisible
I've seen this film years ago, but I suppose I'd never really "seen" it. This truly is a science-fiction film like few others. The… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Wise and Gidding (director and screenwriter) succesfully repeat the formula applied when adapting the psychological horror classic "The Haunting". A… More
Randy Tippy
You have to keep in mind that this film was made in 1970 (released in '71) which predates CGI and digital recording. All things considered, Robert Wise… More
Aj V
A very serious sci-fi thriller about an alien virus on Earth. Somewhat boring in places, but overall a really good movie.
Stephen M
An intelligent sci-fi thriller which manages to be exciting despite very little incident. A touch overlong and lacking an A-list cast, it's still one of… More