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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Tautly paced and expertly directed, this roller coaster ride of a motion picture offers a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in a tidy science fiction/action package. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I'm giving the movie a high rating for its skill and professionalism and because it does the job it says it will do. I am also advising you not to eat before you go to see it. show more

  • 100

    Truly great cinema- manages to dodge that 'dodgy sequel' curse with ease. show more

  • 90
    Time Out New York

    There is always an interesting tension in Cameron's work between masculine and feminine qualities. When it finally hits the fan here, we're in for the mother of all battles. show more

  • 100

    For this movie stands to be something its predecessor was not, a megahit. And it deserves to be, for it is a remarkable accomplishment: a sequel that exceeds its predecessor in the reach of its appeal while giving Weaver new emotional dimensions to explore. show more

  • 80

    The startling thing about "Aliens" is how obsessed it is with women as child bearers. It's the theme that allows the movie to have all the trappings of a typical science fiction/action movie while creating a primal emotive connection for the audience. show more

  • 80
    The New York Times

    Under the direction of James (''The Terminator'') Cameron, [the special effects team has] put together a flaming, flashing, crashing, crackling blow-'em-up show that keeps you popping from your seat despite your better instincts and the basically conventional scare tactics. show more

  • 80

    James Cameron's vault into the big time after scoring with the exploitation actioner The Terminator makes up for lack of surprise with sheer volume of thrills and chills - emphasis is decidedly on the plural aspect of the title. show more

  • 80
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    Director James Cameron dumps the decorative effects of Ridley Scott's 1979 Alien in favor of some daring narrative strategies and a tight thematic focus. show more

  • July 06, 2012 ng00000000125422
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    \"Choke on it and die already!\" Words intended to quiet down a guy that was loudly chomping on pop corn during the early suspense scenes of this film. I\'ve held on to those words with fondness. They symbolize the undying hunger in audiences for a good ass kicking film. And back in the day, this one kicked ass like no other. I had read the script to this film and wondered where those additional atmospheric scenes had gone in that theatrical cut. It was truly satisfying to see that they had been sitting dormant in James Cameron\'s editing bin, and were now part of this Extended Cut. I won\'t give away all the goodies to allow you for a better surprise, but let\'s just say the additions are well placed and definitely help the establishment of plot and character. It is fun to look back at Mr. Avatar and see the early makings of a phenomenal action director. The tough guys with damaged egos. Technology turned on its side. And, of course, the curiosity for alien races quickly becoming a predicament larger than expected. For those of you who haven\'t seen this film, it\'s an action extravaganza centered around the Alien universe created by Ridley Scott in the film of the same title. Only this time the fun is not contained to one ugly guy playing hide and sick in a space ship. James Cameron\'s outing has a high count on casualties and enough opposition to take over a foreign country, or in this case, a small planet. Where this film might benefit from an upgrade is in the special effects department. Which is an interesting comment to make in regards to a Cameron picture, since the guy got his start doing effect shoots. He practically invented the genre. But since my viewing of this film is taking place in 2012 and we have all been bombarded by the likes of Lord of the Rings and the Avengers, the effects clearly show the cracks in the shell. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the film thoroughly and I would gladly watch it again. In fact, it makes for a perfect marathon if watched together with the first one. This is sadly the last in the Alien series where the production was taking the future of the xenophorms with any seriousness. Yes, David Fincher was a very good call for the third installment, but it was also the moment when the studio decided to put the franchise in the hands of accountants with little regard for filmmaking, and our award winning director never gained the proper production tools to do the franchise any justice... All that being said, I am actually a fan of Fincher\'s version. It\'s just hard to follow up a gory gun fest like Aliens with an emotionally driven piece like Alien 3.

  • January 01, 2010 Alienzoom
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    horror central coming up!!!!

  • February 01, 2009 robbie61987
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    About the only movie made in this franchise with any substance to it, and actually the best and most popular one ever made with both fans and mainstream movie audiences.

  • December 24, 2008 XENOMORPH ALIENS
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    James Cameron's 1986 sci-fi classic ALIENS is my most personal favorite movie of all time. its the best movie ever!!! it has a great badass cast especially sigourney weaver playing lt. ellen ripley kicking some aliens butts and also when ripley is in the powerloader to protect newt from the queen alien and when she says "get away from her you bitch" is the greatest line in the movie.

  • August 25, 2008 Mkmiketunney
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    very classic full of its dramatic action, clever story, and eye popping visuals such as the aliens that are very clever for even modern day. loved it.

  • July 06, 2008 Gattor045
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    the best i have ever seen i am so addicted to these movies

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