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The Thing

Overview


Genre :

Horror

Release Date :

October 14, 2011

MPAA Rating :

R

Director :

Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Starring :

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton, Jonathan Walker, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen, Kim Bubbs

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

“..tries to get by mostly on some decent creature-effects work..”
Review rate : C+

“..the characters here lack in personality and the actors aren't doing much more than going through the motions..”
by Brad Brevet [Rope of Silicon]
1.5 of 4

“..still doesn't deliver much more than the odd jolt or provoke any praise..”
by Roger Moore [Orlando Sentinel]
2.5 of 5

“..special effects quickly devolve into over-the-top goriness..”
by Jim Vejvoda [IGN Movies]
2 of 4

“..shock to the system, because no one had blended horror and science fiction like that before..”
by Peter Hartlaub [San Francisco Chronicle]
1.5 of 4

“..script is just plain weak, with moments of embarrassingly bad dialogue..”
by Bruce Demara [Toronto Star]
2 of 5

“..replay unfolds as mechanistically as a video game..”
by Jeannette Catsoulis [New York Times]
2 of 4

“..no one bothers to ask for help, lest the team lose credit for the find..”
by Scott Bowles [USA Today]
2.5 of 5

“..its power could be countered only by humor and the comfort of camaraderie..”
by Kathleen Murphy [MSN Movies]
2 of 4

“..invades bodies and pretends to be human until it breaks out in gory splendor..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
2 of 5

“..forces the filmmakers into a position they can't possibly win-leaving the door open for a sequel..”
by Kevin Jagernauth [indieWIRE]
“..chests burst, entrails twist and snap like cracked whips, and bodies morph into spidery monsters..”
by Rob Nelson [Variety]
2.5 of 5

“..certainly not the worst alien movie you'll ever see..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
3 of 5

“..a film going through the motions, albeit with some of those motions being very entertaining..”
by Thomas Caldwell [Cinema Autopsy]

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