(1979)

Critic Reviews

83

Metascore

Based on 22 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Entertainment Weekly
Pay attention to the enhanced detail audible in a new six-track sound mix, which may be the most important cleaning job of all; silence and Jerry Goldsmith's score have never twined so hauntingly.
100
Charlotte Observer
Watching it again reminded me how remarkably the sound engineers did their jobs. Listen to the subtly amplified heartbeat - Ripley's? the ship's? - that pulses under the soundtrack through the last 15 minutes.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
Feels like a streamlined improvement on the original.
100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The best thriller of 2003 was made in 1979.
100
This is a five star film because it is one of the most perfect science fiction thrillers of all time.
90
Twenty-four years later -- digitally spruced up, with some scenes shaved and others padded with previously cut material -- Scott's film still shreds nerves.
88
What's most unusual about the original 24 years later, though, is its elegant minimalism.
88
Chicago Tribune
An old nightmare, made shiny new.
88
New York Post
Mostly it's worth seeing Alien, which established Scott as an A-list director, in a theater because his brilliant and often expansive visuals have always worked better on a big screen than on video.
88
ReelViews
The most important features of this "new" version are the digital cleaning of the print and the re-mastering of the sound. There are a few added scenes, but they are mostly insignificant and have been previously seen (at least by fans of the movie) on the laserdisc or DVD releases.
88
Alien, even with some scene tinkering that has left this "director's cut" one minute shorter than its original release, is still one of the creepiest, scariest, most shocking films ever.
50
The overall effect is about the same -- slow start, then escalating suspense and violence. Today's shock-movie fans will enjoy shrieking at it, and others should skip it. In space, no one can hear you ask for your money back.

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