War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

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War of the Worlds

Steven Spielberg directs Tom Cruise as Ray, a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. After his ex-wife and her new husband drop of his teenage son and young daughter for a rare weekend visit, a wee problem emerges: aggressive alien invaders from space. Based on the novel by H.G. Wells.

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Variety

Variety

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A gritty, intense and supremely accomplished sci-fier about some distinctly unbenign alien invaders.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Exploring the dark side of his old films E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Spielberg more than does justice to the granddaddy of all alien-invasion tales, H.G. Wells' still terrifying novel published in 1898.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Steven Spielberg's reasonably entertaining rendering of the 1898 H. G. Wells novel is an elemental story of predator and prey.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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With War of the Worlds [Spielberg] has made what is arguably one of the best 1950s science fiction films ever.

5.0
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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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War of the Worlds is a big, clunky movie containing some sensational sights but lacking the zest and joyous energy we expect from Steven Spielberg.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A greatest-hits package from our greatest living entertainer, there is almost overmuch to admire here, but only the moments that aspire to post-9/11 relevance chill as well as thrill.

4.0
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The Age

The Age

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Bewildered, mildly optimistic, holding out the hope of salvation in spite of everything in a blasted, empty landscape, War of the World is, in the end, and perhaps despite its intentions, a fairly tentative assertion of hope for the future.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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H.G. Wells wouldn't recognize his 1898 alien-invasion novel, The War of the Worlds, in Steven Spielberg's updated film version. But Wells could probably relate to the ensuing fear and panic.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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There likely won't be a more gripping film this year than Spielberg's War Of The Worlds, which at its best glides along like choreography with a camera, slowly parsing out information while shrouding the rest in shadow and suggestion.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

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Rarely has the term 'Hollywood ending' been quite as appropriate, and seldom has a denouement of that nature come so close to tainting all that came before.

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Time Out

Time Out

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The film succeeds as pure sensation, an exacting distillation of fear.

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Variety

Variety

press

A gritty, intense and supremely accomplished sci-fier about some distinctly unbenign alien invaders.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Exploring the dark side of his old films E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Spielberg more than does justice to the granddaddy of all alien-invasion tales, H.G. Wells' still terrifying novel published in 1898.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Steven Spielberg's reasonably entertaining rendering of the 1898 H. G. Wells novel is an elemental story of predator and prey.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

With War of the Worlds [Spielberg] has made what is arguably one of the best 1950s science fiction films ever.

5.0
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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

War of the Worlds is a big, clunky movie containing some sensational sights but lacking the zest and joyous energy we expect from Steven Spielberg.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A greatest-hits package from our greatest living entertainer, there is almost overmuch to admire here, but only the moments that aspire to post-9/11 relevance chill as well as thrill.

4.0
0
The Age

The Age

press

Bewildered, mildly optimistic, holding out the hope of salvation in spite of everything in a blasted, empty landscape, War of the World is, in the end, and perhaps despite its intentions, a fairly tentative assertion of hope for the future.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

H.G. Wells wouldn't recognize his 1898 alien-invasion novel, The War of the Worlds, in Steven Spielberg's updated film version. But Wells could probably relate to the ensuing fear and panic.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

There likely won't be a more gripping film this year than Spielberg's War Of The Worlds, which at its best glides along like choreography with a camera, slowly parsing out information while shrouding the rest in shadow and suggestion.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Rarely has the term 'Hollywood ending' been quite as appropriate, and seldom has a denouement of that nature come so close to tainting all that came before.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The film succeeds as pure sensation, an exacting distillation of fear.

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