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Based on 40 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's those dark visions of destruction that stick, even when Spielberg pushes the script to an unlikely happy ending. Great foreplay, failed orgasm. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It is, simply, the alienation-invasion movie to beat all alien-invasion movies: meticulously detailed and expertly paced and photographed, with sights so spectacular and terrible that viewers will have to consciously remind themselves to close their mouths when their jaws drop open. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    But expect a logical plot, and you'll walk out of the theater with a host of questions, mostly concerning procedural points of the alien attack. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    With this genuinely big entertainment, powered by a beating heart, Steven Spielberg has put the summer back in summer movies. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    For the first 100 minutes of his 117-minute film Spielberg holds the audience in a grip of fear. When Ray and Rachel take refuge in the storm cellar of a survivalist (a miscast Tim Robbins), the director's grip relaxes only a bit, but the film never recovers from this excursion into the Gothic. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Go for the extraordinary special effects, by all means, but not if you want to feel good about yourself or humanity. And heed the PG-13 rating, because this movie takes no prisoners. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Might be too realistic for its own good: The film takes perhaps a little too much glee in its abilities to manufacture mayhem. That being said, the ride is extraordinary. show more

  • 100
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Contains all of the hallmarks of classic genre Spielberg: It shows you things you've never seen before, instills an accompanying sense of awestruck wonder, and delivers long stretches of heightened, delirious excitement that remind you why people started going to the movies in the first place. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Rivets and amazes, even if it falls just frustratingly short of the mind-expanding grandeur it could have had. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The film isn't quite excellent, though, since it sags in the middle and starts to seem repetitive. show more

  • October 16, 2011 Jeff
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    Why did they have a van that ran but no one else had a vehicle? Did I miss something?

  • March 20, 2011 jordanstudios
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    LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

  • February 06, 2011 Weston
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    LOVED IT!!!

  • June 27, 2008 DylanG2020
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    Not great, not bad! Tom Cruise does a pretty good performince and the aliens are pretty cool looking. This movie has alot of action packed alien attacks and the plot is good. I think that the little girl Dakota Fanning got a little annyoing after a while because, It's kinda like shes just cried the whole movie. If your looking for a good alien invasion movie...I would recomend renting this and Cloverfeild!! They could of done better making it...but it's not bad.

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