They Live
They Live (1988)

A homeless drifter discovers a reason for the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor: a conspiracy by non-human aliens who have infiltrated American society in the guise of wealthy yuppies. With the help of special sunglasses that… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 4, 1988
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A politically subversive blend of horror and sci fi, They Live is an underrated genre film from John Carpenter.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

As a movie, They Live is lethargic. As election propaganda, it's terrific.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

The joke is in the material; the idea itself is funny and daring. And some time soon, They Live suggests, with grim, knowing wink, the joke may be on us.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a smart movie wrapped inside a dumb movie

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

John Carpenter's They Live has cult favorite written all over it, and part of the reason is the way it regenerates the cheap, juicy, surprisingly potent sci-fi of the 1950s.

Variety Staff

A fantastically subversive film, a nifty little confection pitting us vs them, the haves vs the have-nots.

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Sean Burns
The ARTery

I'm depressed to report that it's timelier than ever.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

They Live is the looniest movie of the season and also one of the most engaging.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

All in all, an entertaining (if ideologically incoherent) response to the valorization of greed in our midst.

Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

... inequities and economic hardship is a vivid backdrop to what might otherwise be a simple B-movie about an alien invasion hiding in plain sight, indistinguishable from the humans beside them but for one thing: they are the 1%.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
JY Skacto
John Carpenter goes campy with They Live. Backed with a catchy tune for 90 minutes, They Live hilariously amuses with its sci-fi thriller style plot. The… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
It's like Network with a sci-fi twist, a remake could expand the ideas of the film, but considering how shitty every single remake of Carpenter's… More
Phil Hubbs
Probably one of the most overlooked and underrated films by Carpenter yet possibly his most clever. All his own work and a quite beautiful look at how paranoia… More
xGary Xx
An out of work construction worker drifts into town and stumbles upon an alien conspiracy to drain the planet of its wealth and enslave the disenfranchised… More
Tony Gandía
"They Live" is one of those films where you can recite all the negatives about it with ease. Bad acting, subpar special effects, clunky dialogue,… More
Spencer S.
They Live is simple, not truly outspoken or new but enjoyable because there is an effort and finesse to the way this was made. Carpenter, who I never seemed to… More

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