The Puppet Masters
The Puppet Masters (1994)

This film is based on Robert A. Heinlein's 1951 novel The Puppet Masters. Parasitic space aliens invade the Midwest, taking over the bodies of humans and manipulating these unfortunates to do their bidding. U.S. security agent Donald… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 21, 1994
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Only the most undiscriminating monster-pic buff will come away satisfied.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

The Puppet Masters occasionally lives up to its reputation, but the delay between story conception and celluloid conversion has clearly wilted its power and potential.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...generally as far-fetched and overwrought as its 1950s sci-fi brethren.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

There's no suspense (ETs rampage from the word go); no frissons (loud hailers telegraph the shocks); and it's insufficiently bright to be an hommage.

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James Berardinelli

Attempts at detailed characterization don't work particularly well, and there's a love story that feels as forced as it is superfluous - although even that isn't as unnecessary as the film's final ten minutes.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lacked suspense.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A choppy, unsuspenseful succession of chases, melodramatic showdowns and routine special effects.

TV Guide

Despite accomplished special effects and a coolly intelligent script, this paranoid thriller never follows through on its eerie promise.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

About as nerve-wracking as a warm bath.

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Standard-issue alien-invasion thriller.