The Omega Man
The Omega Man (1971)

This second film adaptation of Richard Matheson's science-fiction novel I Am Legend (the first version being The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price) unfolds in a post-apocalyptic 1976. Charlton Heston is Robert Neville, the sole… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 1, 1971
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2000
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may not live up to its classic source material, but The Omega Man transcends its limitations often enough to offer some mildly entertaining post-apocalyptic thrills.

Chicago Reader

Not bad, but far from a classic.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

Peppered with some sharp, even amusing dialogue, the story temporarily shelves the heavy allegory and slips into good, slam-bang suspense. But it doesn't last.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Sadly another film to file under 'not as good as the book.'

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Variety Staff

An extremely literate science-fiction drama.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The ghouls are a little too ridiculous to quite fulfill their function in the movie. They make all the wrong decisions, are incompetent and ill-coordinated.

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Despite not having aged particularly well, the opening sections of this sci-fi allegory remain potent, although the rest of its apocalyptic storyline is decidedly leaden.

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Time Out

Averagely competent exercise in comic strip sci-fi.

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Emanuel Levy

Unsatisfying sci-fi thriller, though it's not Charlton Heston's fault

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...not an awful film, just a remarkably dull one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
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Aj V
This is another adaptation of the "I am Legend" story, the second one I believe, anyway it's the 70s version. Heston is a good choice for this… More
Tim Salmons
Having read the original Richard Matheson story I Am Legend, I'm always comparing it to the film versions whenever I see them. I hadn't seen this… More
Conner Rainwater
I think I've certainly warmed up to this over time, it's a lot more intelligent than it gets credit for. Sure, on the surface it's just another… More
Cory Taylor
A jive-talking leading lady out of a blaxploitation film and fatuous mutants in monk robes are among the most blighting of Omega Man's failures. Heston is… More
James Alvarez
The only good thing about this movie was that it begat the Misfits song Where Eagles Dare.