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Based on 7 Reviews
critic reviews (7)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's one of the great moviegoing experiences. show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unquestionably a great movie. show more

  • 100
    Angie Errigo Empire

    Years ahead of it's time in terms of SFX, it's a masterpiece of wide-eyed whimsy. show more

  • 90
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    Steven Spielberg's giant, spectacular Close Encounters of the Third the best—the most elaborate—1950's science fiction movie ever made, a work that borrows its narrative shape and its concerns from those earlier films, but enhances them with what looks like the latest developments in movie and space technology. show more

  • 80
    Jack Kroll Newsweek

    A genuine work of the popular imagination. It's the first true populist science-fiction film, a blend of the most startling, far-out special effects with the most ordinary human material of the American Heartland. [21 Nov 1977, p.88] show more

  • 70

    Steven Spielberg's film climaxes in final 35 minutes with an almost ethereal confrontation with life forms from another world; the first 100 minutes, however, are somewhat redundant in exposition and irritating in tone. show more

  • 90
    Washington Post

    It must weather some bummy mid-passage exposition, but the movie survives its flaws triumphantly, evolving into a uniquely transporting filmgoing spectacle. [14 Dec 1977, p.D1] show more

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