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War of the Worlds


Genre :

Action, Sci-Fi

Release Date :

June 29, 2005

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Steven Spielberg

Starring :

Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin, Tim Robbins, Rick Gonzalez, David Alan Basche

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

7 of 10

“..undeniably fun and Spielberg's dusted off magic still works..”
by Alex Sandell [Juicy Cerebellum]
4 of 5

“..Thrilling, action-packed and genuinely scary...Highly recommended..”
by Matthew Turner [ViewLondon]
3.5 of 4

“..this summer's blockbuster to beat them all...”
by Kit Bowen [Hollywood]
3 of 4

“..this is one war definitely worth waging...”
by Terry Lawson [Detroit Free Press]
4 of 5

“..The movie is solid all the way around, and Spielberg's touches are everywhere,..”
by Bill Muller [The Arizona Republic]
4 of 5

“..Spielberg masterfully crafts a film that's absolutely gripping..”
by Rich Cline [Shadows on the Wall]
“..pushes some of the right buttons and enough of the wrong ones..”
by Ty Burr [Boston Globe]
3.5 of 5

“..never quite delivers an emotional knockout blow...”
by Robert Denerstein [Denver Rocky Mountain News]
3 of 4

“..Fantastic and banal, terrifying and occasionally dull,..”
by Glenn Whipp [L.A. Daily News]
“..Extravagant in movie terms but stingy in emotional ones,..”
9.5 of 10

“..Easily one of the finest disaster movies of all time..”
by Joe Utichi [FilmFocus]
4 of 4

“..As well done as it is in most respects..”
by Steven Snyder [Zertinet Movies]
3 of 5

“..a well-crafted movie but one that fails to deliver the thrills, chills and pure camp..”
by Deborah Hornblow [The Hartford Courant]
3 of 4

“..a thrilling ride..”
by Joe Williams [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
“..a terrific film, a blockbuster that lives up to its billing...”
by Paul Clinton [CNN Showbiz]
3 of 4

“..a pretty good movie...”
by Chuck O'Leary [Fantastica Daily]
2.5 of 4

“..a kind of Pandora's boxed set of Spielberg's greatest hits... yet it is never half as involving as any one of them..”
by Duane Dudek [The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
“..a blockbuster that transcends summer blockbusters...”
by David Edelstein [Slate]
5 of 5

“..a blisteringly entertaining and resoundingly shocking sci-fi horror thriller..”
by Scott Weinberg [EFilmCritic]
5 of 5
Reviewed by Bob Grimm [Sacramento News & Review]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Luke Buckmaster [In Film Australia]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Andrea Chase [Killer Movie Reviews]
4 of 5
Reviewed by [E! Online]
3.5 of 4
Reviewed by Ed Blank [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
3.5 of 4
Reviewed by Jan Stuart [Newsday]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Kerry Bennett [Grading The Movies]
3 of 5
Reviewed by Brian Orndorf [EFilmCritic]
3 of 4
Reviewed by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Daniel Neman [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
2 of 5
Reviewed by Peter Beary [The Trades]
Reviewed by Shawn Fitzgerald [MusicOMH]
Reviewed by Kirk Honeycutt [The Hollywood Reporter]

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“..the movie can conjure up futuristic images, but the story is nothing we haven't seen before...”
by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


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by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


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by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


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by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


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by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


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by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]


“..the camera prowls menacingly through the interiors, but the writers seem too content with their improbable conceit to bother with back story or character arcs..”
by David Parkinson [Radio Times]


“..there's plenty of entertainment value to found. Just don't expect to leave the film with a smile on your face and joy in your heart..”
by Blair Hoyle [Cinema Slasher]


“..it is a creamily sensuous, richly observed piece of work, handsomely detailed and furnished..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


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by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]