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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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“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]


“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]


“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..a horror movie with an anti-globalist bent that's more interesting than its halfhearted scares..”
by Sara Stewart [New York Post]


“..delivering a highly stylized widescreen revenge picture loaded with weapons and driven entirely by "superficial action"..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]


“..the film isn't particularly convincing either as a rousing anthology of bloodsport set pieces or a deeply felt portrait of revenge and reunion..”
by Vadim Rizov [A.V. Club]

'71 :

“..the hard-charging debut feature from TV director Yann Demange, makes us live every vivid, violent moment with him, the threat of death lurking at every turn..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“..undoubtedly a remarkable achievement, especially for a first-time filmmaker..”
by Jordan Hoffman [Film.com]


“..still, "The Lazarus Effect," clocking in at a brief 86 minutes, doesn't go far enough, isn't scary enough and has mad scientists who just aren't mad enough..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]