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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Contact aims to be a film of ideas but serves too many of them half-baked. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis, may be too long, too self-important and too "Gump"-like to be completely satisfying. But it contains elements that are so striking they pretty much redeem the film. show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Contact is that rare big-budget motion picture that places ideas, characters, and plot above everything else. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Sagan's novel Contact provides the inspiration for Robert Zemeckis' new film, which tells the smartest and most absorbing story about extraterrestrial intelligence since "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Its discussions don't go very deep, and moviegoers with strong religious values may wonder why it comes down for humanism over spirituality. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    This bloated, self-important and logically absurd movie, made by the director of the equally historically hysterical "Forrest Gump," pretends to the thrones of Serious Thinking, of Important Messages and of Intellectual Provocation. If there were truly anything serious, important or intellectual about this movie, this planet would be in big trouble. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    There's a big budget, big cast and big themes about religion, science and life on other planets. But Contact, which aims for awe, ends up with piffle. show more

  • 80

    Contact delivers on more than a pure visual level, reiterating the idea that greatest progress is made taking "small steps" towards enlightenment. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    This film is no exception to the rule that philosophical debate seldom spawns compelling cinema. show more

  • 67
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    Little effort is made to churn up romantic chemistry between Foster and McConaughey. For better or worse, director Robert Zemeckis sticks to Sagan's original vision for these characters, in which they're basically totems embodying both sides of a philosophical dialectic. show more

  • June 13, 2010 Joseph J Kusnell
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    A grossely obvious presentation of one side of a real debate about manned space exploration. Transparent and over-acted. The question of manned deep space exploration is a real one: are we wasting money or not? Will man ever leave the solar sysem and to what avail? The closest starts to us are maybe 22-24 light years away. That's over 100 trillion miles. That's the closest. Everything else is further. It is not a question of whether there are intelligent beings in outer space, I would bet my life on it. Maybe a million of them. Maybe a billion. But so what? If we can't get there and they can't get here, there's no point in wasting the money on MANNED exploration. Use probes, use radio-telescopes, any device you want but leave man at home in hjis solar system. The movie is silly and dramatic and nonsensical. Einstein says we can't travel faster than light speed. Okay let's dothat first. Let's first move a particel faster than light without destroying its physical properties. IF we can do that, and we haven't to date, then move on to increasingly larger bodies. When we find we can do that with a mass, come back and we will rethink our position. For now, man is not going into deep space. Ever. The distances are simply too great no matter what contrivance we come up (i.e. putting astronauts into a 50-100 year deep sleep). No, space in meant to be insular and it is and until someone proves it isn't,l we are stuck with it. Everything has limits and so does man.

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