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  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    The cluttered, surreal, claustrophobic sets and gooey alien creatures look intriguing, sometimes shocking. But the story tries so hard to be imaginative that it congeals and sinks like lead. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Jeunet manages a terrific pass in an extended underwater sequence, but, beyond that, he runs out of ideas as we run out of patience. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Has a bold, inventive style that occasionally compensates for story weaknesses. And, admittedly, there's a certain visceral appeal to the action sequences. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Heavy on violence and special effects, light on everything else. show more

  • 38
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's a nine days' wonder, a geek show designed to win a weekend or two at the box office and then fade from memory. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The plot is more of the same old running and screaming, but Weaver is worth the price of admission all by herself, which is just as well in light of the less-than-fleshed out characters by whom she's surrounded. show more

  • 50
    Film Threat

    Sigourney gets some good "Rambo" lines, but about halfway through the film her alien super powers go dormant. show more

  • 67
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Weaver essays the new hotmama Ripley with wry, good humor -- you can tell she's having a ball playing this unstoppable die-cast she-wolf. show more

  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    By rocketing ahead 200 years from the previous film and jiggering the story cleverly (with a script by Toy Story coscreenwriter Joss Whedon as late-'90s wiseacreish as Alien3 was early-'90s portentous) to create a Ripley reconstructed through a mix of human and alien DNA, Alien Resurrection power-kicks the whole definition of the Horrifying Other into a fresh, deep, exhilaratingly thoughtful, millennium-sensitive direction. [5 Dec 1997, p. 47] show more

  • 80
    Salon.com

    Weaver obviously relishes playing this feral, sarcastic new Ripley, and her pleasure is infectious. show more

  • July 06, 2012 ng00000000125422
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    As I open this review I realize the unintended pun in regards to the title. Resurrection. This picture idea needed to remain dead. Don\'t get me wrong, I had a good laugh watching it and I was even entertained. ********* a clear example of what already began to take place in Alien 3 and takes place with many Hollywood franchises all the time. The product makes money, so you turn to the accountant types to \'package\' the next version of cool aid, hence removing the originality from the product that made the big bucks to begin with. Or, we could call it a resurrection. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is brilliant, I like all his other movies. Truly imaginative and creative like no other films. The cinematographer, Darius Khondji, is a genius. Simply turn off the volume and watch any images from this film on their own merit. The guy\'s work should be hanging from a museum. The digital effects and production design were superb. The ships are believable and the environment convincing. You feel like you are in there. And finally, we get to the script. Joss Whedon\'s script... Ok. So, Alien 3 might have aimed a couple notches too far towards the dramatic aspect of what was always intended as a fun thriller with good action in it. And I am definitely a fan of Whedon\'s work. All that being said. Alien is not Firefly. Campy works for the space pirates, not with the legacy of Ridley Scott, James Cameron, and David Fincher. Looking back at all this highly talented pieces of the puzzle, it\'s easy to see why they don\'t fit at all. Clearly, the studio guys knew nothing of this folk\'s work. They were probably \"packaging\" this thing via their assistants. I mean, have you seen any of Jean-Pierre Jeunet\'s movies? I\'m talking about Delicatessen and Amelie here. Go have a look. Tell me where you see an alien and a space ship in there? And Whedon\'s character\'s structure? The space pirate types? They board a military grade ship in a renegade top mission? Seriously, that was the best idea all that studio money could come up with? Look, I do own the Firefly DVD collection, I love it. But make your own judgment on this. Go watch a random episode of Firefly and then have a view of Ridley Scott\'s Alien. Tell me how exactly do you thread any of these elements together? We all wanna make movies and want to be part of big studio projects, but, give me a break, there comes a time to also say \"I\'ll pass on this one. It\'s not for me.\"

  • August 25, 2008 Mkmiketunney
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    underrated yet so awesome(comes close to the brilliance of the original but no where near the second except visually). visually stunning indeed. do not see the 3rd though. it was awful.

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