After answering an SOS, a crew (Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt) encounters a merciless and horrific creature aboard a space tanker.
" Ridley Scott's new cut won't change the way people think about the movie, but it reinforces the film's strengths without alienating the series' biggest fans. "
" An empty-headed horror movie with nothing to recommend it beyond the disco-inspired art direction and some handsome, if gimmicky, cinematography. "
" It is depressing to watch an expensive, crafty movie that never soars beyond its cold desire to score the big bucks. "
" The limited strengths of its staple sci-fi horrors always derived from either the offhand organic/ Freudian resonances of its design or the purely (brilliantly) manipulative editing and pacing of its above-average shock quota. "
" The way [Ridley] Scott meticulously raises the sense of menace and tension is worthy of Hitchcock. "
" It's a most satisfying return to one of the few sci-fi films that deserves to be called a masterpiece. "
" Alien will upset your mind and upset your stomach. "
" It's a scream from another era that still echoes around us. "
" Alien looks amazing, almost like a new film. "
" A genuine fright classic. "
" These things no longer surprise or tantalize us as they once did. In a very short time, science-fiction films have developed their own jargon that's now become a part of the grammar. "
" The most startling thing watching Alien again is its pacing. For the first 45 minutes, little happens. It's all slow, exquisite build-up, which makes the second half seem all the more horrific. "
" What's most unusual about the original 24 years later, though, is its elegant minimalism. "
" Besides Weaver and Skeritt, the top-notch ensemble includes two of Britain's best actors -- Ian Holm, as the untrustworthy science officer, and John Hurt. "
" A haunted-house movie set in space, Alien also has a profoundly existentialist undertow that makes it feel like a film noir -- the other genre to feature a slithery, sexualized monster as its classic villain. "
" An old-fashioned scary movie set in a highly realistic sci-fi future, made all the more believable by expert technical craftmanship. "
" Ridley Scott's 1979 movie is a great original. "
" In space, the famous tagline went, no one can hear you scream. In Alien, you can hear lessons for the sci-fi future in a great milestone from the recent past. "
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