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They Live

(1988)
R In Theaters 09/21/2003 , 88min.
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May 05, 2011
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Outstanding!

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Washington Post
The plot for They Live is full of black holes, the acting is wretched, the effects are second-rate. In fact, the whole thing is so preposterous it makes "V" look like "Masterpiece Theatre." [5 Nov 1988] Full Review
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
The looniest movie of the season and also one of the most engaging. [7 Nov 1988] Full Review
Elvis Mitchell
The New York Times
Mr. Carpenter has directed the film with B-movie bluntness, but with none of the requisite snap. And his screenplay (written under the pseudonym Frank Armitage) makes the principals sound even more tongue-tied than they have to. [4 Nov 1988, p.C8] Full Review
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
All in all, an entertaining (if ideologically incoherent) response to the valorization of greed in our midst, with lots of Rambo-esque violence thrown in, as well as an unusually protracted slugfest between ex-wrestler Roddy Piper and costar Keith David. Full Review
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
Has its share of underthought or overwrought moments. The tone keeps shifting radically. It has some silly lines, plot lapses and goofball action scenes. But you can forgive the movie everything because of the sheer nasty pizazz of its central concept. [4 Nov 1988] Full Review

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