The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

All of Washington, D.C., is thrown into a panic when an extraterrestrial spacecraft lands near the White House. Out steps Klaatu (Michael Rennie, in a role intended for Claude Rains), a handsome and soft-spoken interplanetary traveler,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1951
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Socially minded yet entertaining, The Day the Earth Stood Still imparts its moral of peace and understanding without didacticism.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

The Day the Earth Stood Still may at first look like goofy, outdated science fiction, but its timeless warnings about violence, nuclear confrontation and the difficulties of policing the planet have made it an enduring cultural classic.

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Time Out

Edmund H North's intelligent script and Wise's smooth direction are serious without being solemn, while Bernard Herrmann's effectively alien-sounding score reinforces the atmosphere of strangeness and potential menace.

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Sean Axmaker

It's as much Christ parable as science fiction film... yet its message is delivered less like a sermon than a threat.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Like most of Robert Wise's work, this slickly constructed 1951 science fiction film settles squarely in the middle of its genre, better than some and worse than others.

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Glenn Abel
Hollywood Reporter

Today, wistful viewers might ask: Where are Klaatu and Gort when we need them most?

Rob Humanick

Yes kids, media was idiotic and hysterical long before the likes of Glenn Beck were around.

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Cast, although secondary to the story, works well.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It is comforting, of course, to have it made plain that our planetary neighbors are much wiser and more peaceful than are we, but this makes for a tepid entertainment in what is anamolously labeled the science-fiction field.

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Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

A sci-fi classic that still resonates.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhćes
An intelligent and challenging science-fiction classic that makes elegant allusions to Jesus Christ's life (even in the character's alias, Carpenter)… More
Daniel Perry
Gripping and suspenseful right from the start, this is a genre classic, a tale of a strange happening that keeps you in the dark most of the way. Why is this… More
Jim Hunter
An interplanetary traveler visits Earth to dissuade humans' violence and paranoia. As science fiction classics go, this one is up there among the best.… More
Spencer S.
A story about peace and preservation, Day is more than a tale of alien insurgence and sci-fi effects. At the time the United States was deep in the Cold War,… More
Christopher Heim
A surprisingly mature 50's sci-fi movie. Manages to get across its social messages without coming across as preachy. The cast does a great job with the… More
Alex roy
Before there was Star Trek, Stars Wars and 2001, there was The Day The Earth Stood Still. A classic of Sci Fi and maybe a film that influenced the genre as… More