When Worlds Collide
When Worlds Collide (1951)

First published in 1932, Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer's speculative novel When Worlds Collide was immediately purchased by Paramount as a possible project for director Cecil B. DeMille. But because none of Paramount's scriptwriters… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 1, 1951
DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This probably looks about as stodgy now as it did back then.

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Time Out

George Pal's production is better remembered for its apocalyptic special effects than for the perfunctory dialogue, but the gripping story keeps you watching.

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Fernando F. Croce

Cinema's most neurasthenic version of the apocalypse

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Variety Staff

Top honors for this inter-planetary fantasy rest with the cameramen and special effects technicians rather than with performances of the non-name cast.

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Rob Humanick

Too bad the finale plays like a greeting card you wish someone had just given you the money for instead.

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TV Guide

If the naive dramatic situations and trite idealism can be ignored, the viewer is in for an amazing spectacle of special effects.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Mr. Pal barely gets us out there, but this time he doesn't bring us back.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Best appreciated for its apocalyptic special effects.

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Mark Bourne

Never mind plot logic, don't think too hard about the 'sci' component of the sci-fi, and certainly keep the unsubtle sociology and Pal's typical Bible-based gloss in perspective. When Worlds Collide remains entertaining and satisfying....

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Another super-duper title once again, this time its actually from a science fiction novel of the same name from 1933 by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer. I do like… More
Aj V
I know that this movie is not usually regarded as one of the classic or best sci-fi movies of the 50s, even the early 50s, but I think it's highly… More
Sophie Burgess
The Earth will be destroyed in 8 months time. A group of scientists and many civilians help to create a rocket to allow humanity to continue on. Brilliantly… More
Randy Tippy
This is not your typical low-budget 50's sci-fi thriller. The effects here, with the possible exception of the final scene, are stunning. This is global… More
Christopher Heim
A surprisingly intelligent disaster movie and a nice sci-fi gem from the 1950's. Despite the film's low budget, the special effects are quite… More
Luke Baldock
50's was a great time for Sci-Fi. With the moon landings approaching but not quite here, it was the perfect time for imagination and science to collide.… More