The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

In this contemporary reinvention of the 1951 science fiction classic, renowned scientist Dr. Helen Benson finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu, who travels across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. When… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 12, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Heavy on special effects, but without a coherent story at its base, The Day the Earth Stood Still is subpar re-imagining of the 1951 science-fiction classic.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

The special effects in 1951 were hokey fun. Here, in the first half of the movie anyway, they are hokey but they aren't fun.

Christopher Orr
The New Republic

One can only hope that in the future [Reeves] will devote himself to playing androids, less-self-aware species of undead, stylish pieces of contemporary furniture, and other roles that do not require the exhibition of any recognizably human traits.

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Simon Miraudo

Poor Keanu Reeves. Imagine taking the role of an emotionless extra terrestrial, and having people applaud such ingenious casting.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The remake of that fine old fifties alien-invasion picture The Day the Earth Stood Still comes to a standstill about an hour before the Earth does in the wilds of New Jersey.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

You'll be doing yourself a huge favor if you go into this movie with lowered expectations.

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Ali Gray

The Day The Earth Stood Still is a missed opportunity for sure - you'll leave the cinema not enlightened or entertained, but wondering just how mankind's last stand could wind up being so fatally underwhelming.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

What a ridiculous movie.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Solemn, sober and efficient, The Day the Earth Stood Still gets the job done and moves on.

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Neil Pond
American Profile

The world doesn't actually stand still. The corners of Keanu Reeves' mouth, his eyebrows and most of his other facial features, however, remain motionless for almost two hours.

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
I really have to say I liked this movie enough to not pan it like a lot of people. It wasnt horrible, had some really good special effects and had its nice… More
Albert Kim
awful. absolutely awful... "Now, please; tell me why have you come to our planet?" *Keanu Reeves turns his flat and expressionless face towards the… More
MisterYoda ?
three stars
Edward Boxler
Jennifer Connolly, Keanu Reeves, Jaden Smith, and Jon Hamm do whatever they can to make The Day The Earth Stood Still entertaining, but they can't do… More
Lewis C.
"Change his mind. Not with reason, but with yourself." A mysterious alien presence arrives on earth, causing chaos, confusion, and many questions.… More
Jim Careter
As the critics and viewers have said before, this is all visual and no plot. I will give it credit, the visuals are beautiful, and it was the only thing… More