War of the Worlds
War of the Worlds (2005)

This is a contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells' seminal sci-fi classic. The adventure/thriller reveals humankind's extraordinary battle against an extra-terrestrial invasion fleet, as seen through the eyes of one American family.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 29, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Steven Spielberg's adaptation of War of the Worlds delivers on the thrill and paranoia of H.G. Wells' classic novel while impressively updating the action and effects for modern audiences.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Spielberg's calculations turn out to be more prominent than any effects they could possibly produce, and the less pretentious 1953 version by producer George Pal emerges as more likable.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

There likely won't be a more gripping film this year than Spielberg's War Of The Worlds, which at its best glides along like choreography with a camera, slowly parsing out information while shrouding the rest in shadow and suggestion.

Nell Minow

The story is affecting, the action scenes are thrilling, the issues are resonant.

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Jessica Winter
Time Out

The film succeeds as pure sensation, an exacting distillation of fear.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Overall, the film is too lacking in feeling to provide a recognizably human experience.


An unstoppable juggernaut of action and anxiety that will have you blundering from the cinema in a state of nervous exhaustion. Don't expect any soft drink promotional tie-ins with this summer blockbuster.

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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is huge and scary, moving and funny-another capper to a career that seems like an unending succession of captivations.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's a thrilling ride...[but] this bountiful pot of signifiers leaves a caustic aftertaste.

Joshua Starnes

War of the Worlds is that most rare of screen adaptations - a film that is faithful to its origins and at the same time, its own separate creature. The first half is better than the second, but what a first half.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
Fantastic! Special effects are amazing. The story was good as well. A few drawbacks in some parts (why not leave angsty teenagers out of these sort of movies?)… More
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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Wow, if there is one director who can deliver an epic scale popcorn movie.… More
Bruce Bruce
Get ready for a wild ride with the Steven Spielberg "DreamWorks" production team, in this high quality revision of H.G. Wells' "War of the… More
Samuel Riley
This vision of H.G. Wells masterpiece could have been more loyal to the novel. The main problem is that it should have the suspenseful and gut-wrenching events… More
Chris Weber
This contemporary update of War of the Worlds is a lot better than most people say it is. 2/3 of the movie is some of the most atmospheric,suspenseful, and… More
Eugene Bernabe
Steven Spielberg's "War" is a visual feast, but lacks in a weak plot. Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning's performances and chemistry are what I… More