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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Feels like a streamlined improvement on the original. show more

  • 100
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Watching it again reminded me how remarkably the sound engineers did their jobs. Listen to the subtly amplified heartbeat - Ripley's? the ship's? - that pulses under the soundtrack through the last 15 minutes. show more

  • 100
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The best thriller of 2003 was made in 1979. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    An old nightmare, made shiny new. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Mostly it's worth seeing Alien, which established Scott as an A-list director, in a theater because his brilliant and often expansive visuals have always worked better on a big screen than on video. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    What's most unusual about the original 24 years later, though, is its elegant minimalism. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The most important features of this "new" version are the digital cleaning of the print and the re-mastering of the sound. There are a few added scenes, but they are mostly insignificant and have been previously seen (at least by fans of the movie) on the laserdisc or DVD releases. show more

  • 88
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    Alien, even with some scene tinkering that has left this "director's cut" one minute shorter than its original release, is still one of the creepiest, scariest, most shocking films ever. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The overall effect is about the same -- slow start, then escalating suspense and violence. Today's shock-movie fans will enjoy shrieking at it, and others should skip it. In space, no one can hear you ask for your money back. show more

  • 100
    Film Threat

    This is a five star film because it is one of the most perfect science fiction thrillers of all time. show more

  • August 04, 2014 filmnoirfugitive
    Report This User

    This is one of the best horror/sci-fi flix ever. Veronica Cartwright, who played Lambert in Alien (1979), is scheduled to appear at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, Hunt Valley, Md., at the Hunt Valley Wyndham Hotel, Sept. 18-20. There is supposed to be a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, one of the other great films in which Cartwright was featured. More info

  • April 22, 2011 kairp1
    Report This User

    It had an OK story

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