War of the Worlds

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    The extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it. Ray Ferrier is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife and her new husband drop of his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.

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    Spielberg's calculations turn out to be more prominent than any effects they could possibly produce, and the less pretentious 1953 version by producer George Pal emerges as more likable.

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

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    Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is huge and scary, moving and funny-another capper to a career that seems like an unending succession of captivations.

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    Overall, the film is too lacking in feeling to provide a recognizably human experience.

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    It's a thrilling ride...[but] this bountiful pot of signifiers leaves a caustic aftertaste.

    3/4
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    War of the Worlds is taut, gripping and surprisingly dark filmmaking.

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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.

    3/4
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    There's stuff to make you go 'Wow!' but nothing you'll remember the next day.

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    It's as if the aliens landed and everyone died so that Tom Cruise could grow up one more time.

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    [B]y far the biggest, loudest and most elaborate adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic.

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    The imagery is startling not just for its symbolic resonances, but for the breathless intensity with which it sears the screen.

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    War of the Worlds may not stand up well to careful inspection and it may not be the smartest science fiction film brought to the screen, but it is an intense, visceral experience.

    3/4
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    War of the Worlds is an attack-of-the-aliens disaster film crafted with sinister technological grandeur -- a true popcorn apocalypse.

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    Extravagant in movie terms but stingy in emotional ones, it embodies all of Spielberg's bad impulses and almost none of his good ones.

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    War of the Worlds' is a picture without a thought in its pretty head: the Tom Cruise movie to end all Tom Cruise movies.

    3/4
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    An important film.

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    Meticulously detailed and expertly paced and photographed, with sights so spectacular and terrible that viewers will have to consciously remind themselves to close their mouths when their jaws drop open.

    4/4
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    Urgent and pungent.

    3/4
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    Its exploitation of tragic iconography -- just to amp up the screams, tug some tears and sell a few more million movie tickets -- should be deplored.

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    When it comes to searing and iconic visual imagery, Spielberg is still the best filmmaker around.

    3/4
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    Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is a close encounter of the blurred kind, an orchestration of chaos and panic and destruction as visceral as it can get.

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    In terms of sheer spectacle alone, War of the Worlds is a winner. If this movie doesn't help stop or turn around the box-office slide of the past few months, then Hollywood really is in big trouble.

    3/4
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    Spielberg is pretty much incapable of making a terrible movie anymore. But he has plainly forgotten a lot of what makes a good popcorn movie since his Jurassic period. Where's the fun?

    3/5
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    This disappointing War of the Worlds limps to a conclusion that mercifully insures there will not be a sequel.

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    The movie is no fun. There's none of the spirited adrenaline you expect from a bang-up blockbuster. I've docked it a star or so because it is nasty and mean-spirited, and plays on shocking allusions to 9/11 imagery.

    2/4
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    It is nerve-wracking and gripping and draws specific parallels, both dramatically and visually, to 9/11, but never in a way that seems anything but natural.

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    Much is destroyed in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, but the movie never quite delivers an emotional knockout blow.

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    In his latest science-fiction epic, director Steven Spielberg shows he's better at blowing up the world than anyone else alive. Unfortunately, he also shows he has no idea how to put the world back together.

    C+
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    This is B-movie material all the way, yet it's not only watchable, it's engrossing. That's because the material is in the hands of an A-talent director, who knows, as few of his contemporaries do, how to manipulate the plastic qualities of a film.

    3/4
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    Wow, indeed.

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    War of the Worlds can be a nightmarish trip, but it's a terrific film, a blockbuster that lives up to its billing.

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    A first-class pop entertainment packed to the brim with astounding effects and near-non-stop action and suspense.

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    War of the Worlds pushes some of the right buttons and enough of the wrong ones to make you wish that Spielberg would move on from aliens already and use his unparalleled talents to focus once more on earth.

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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.

    2/4
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    Drawbacks aside, with War of the Worlds, Hollywood is calling on Spielberg to deliver this summer's blockbuster, and he accomplishes the task. The movie is solid all the way around, and Spielberg's touches are everywhere.

    4/5
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    Steven Spielberg's meticulous, thrilling and chilling War of the Worlds is a testimony to tension.

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    Spielberg seems to have resigned himself to the fact that he'll never match the impact of the radio show, but he's making no bones about going after that FX Oscar.

    3/4
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    With War of the Worlds [Spielberg] has made what is arguably one of the best 1950s science fiction films ever.

    5/5
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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.

    3/5
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    It's the human struggle that makes this a sci-fi masterpiece.

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    War of the Worlds reinvigorates the pulse-racing thrill and unalloyed paranoia of vintage '50s sci-fi.

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    Steven Spielberg returns to the scary territory of Jaws and Jurassic Park and once again proves himself to be the most gifted movie entertainer of his generation.

    4/4
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    We knew Spielberg had action chops, but didn't know he had this in him. This anti-E.T. is so rigorously realized it makes Independence Day look like Finding Neverland.

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    When it's in full throttle, there's not been and probably won't be a better action movie out there this summer.

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

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    It's a rare thing -- a summer movie that demands to be taken as a serious emotional experience.

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