The Man Who Fell to Earth
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Space alien (Bowie) crash lands on Earth, seeking help for his drought-stricken planet. By securing patents to advanced technology, he becomes a fabulously wealthy industrialist. However, money and its attendant decadence ultimately exert a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 28, 1976
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2000
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Filled with stunning imagery, The Man Who Fell to Earth is a calm, meditative film that profoundly explores our culture's values and desires.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

There are moments here that approach the sublime.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film is a more poignant (and infinitely bleaker) portrait of extraterrestrial homesickness than "E.T."

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James Mottram
Total Film

Conveying a (sur) real sense of what sex, religion and TV would look like through alien eyes, it's ambitious, artful and unique.

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

Roeg's exuberance and invention are compromised here by a yarn that carries dank traces of Twilight Zone.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Bowie's screen debut still fascinates whenever he's on-screen, and it's full of little reminders of how much has changed since the movie was made.

Nadia Attia

If you're looking for a gripping narrative then look elsewhere; enjoy the B-movie effects and crash zooms, melodramatic acting, eclectic soundtrack, Hockney-esque visuals and Bowie's effortless charisma instead.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

The Man Who Fell to Earth today plays like a movie that fell from the sky, origins unknown.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Feels like a tedious historical artifact. It's a sci-fi "Days of Wine and Roses" for the arthouse crowd.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

The real story is less about the sci-fi and more about the weirdness on Earth, a woozy dream of greed and alcohol and betrayal, as the gentle Newton is preyed upon by hucksters and the American government.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
An alien (David Bowie) comes to earth incognito with plans to earn billions of dollars, build a spaceship and export water to his barren home planet, but finds… More
Nicki Marie
Not sure I entirely understood this, but it's the type of movie you just sit back, watch, and then try and work out what it was all about later! As it… More
Alex roy
Sci Fi misfire that could have been much better, I really wanted to enjoy this film, but I felt that the film didn't go anywhere and ended up being more… More
Graham Jones
An odd film that features a decent performance from one of my favorite artists (Bowie) but the real star is Roeg's direction.
Kevin M. Williams
Only for a cynical few, here is the opposite end of Spielberg's E.T, with a terrific (if unexpected) ensemble cast featuring Candy Clark, Rip Torn, Buck… More
Sophie Burgess
A very obvious vanity project, it could have been a lot better if they'd sat down and discussed the plot to the minutest detail. Bowie's performance… More