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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This baby has the stuff to end the movie summer on a note of dazzle and distinction. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Every now and then, a film comes along that both defies and compels description. District 9 is one such movie: a science-fiction action vehicle so brilliantly and fully imagined that real life, when it resumes after the credits, arrives with a new sense of dread. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    With its clever faux documentary style, this is the most imaginative science-fiction movie to come along in years. show more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

    There's a wonderfully sly, farcical verve to these early moments, but it dissipates when the script, with its strains of "E.T." and "The Fly," moves into high sci-fi gear. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    There is a lot of shield-your-eyes ickiness in District 9, a lot of violence and gore. What there is not a lot of, however, is humanity - even in the film's depiction of the inhumanity humans are capable of. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    A memorable, monstrous fable that's consistently gripping. show more

  • 100
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    No true fan of science fiction -- or, for that matter, cinema -- can help but thrill to the action, high stakes and suspense built around a very original chase movie. show more

  • 90

    Grabs you by the eyeballs from the very first frame. show more

  • 100
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    To his credit, however, the often-playful Blomkamp never bludgeons his audience with any specific message. He's too busy letting 'er rip with his edge-of-your-seat, and unapologetically violent, sci-fi adventure. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Attention all geeks (and geeks at heart): Get ready for two hours of serious awesome. show more

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