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Seeing E.T. again reminds us of how much we've remained the same, how gratified we still are by a film that connects so beautifully to our sense of wonder and joy.
Chicago Sun-Times
This movie made my heart glad. It is filled with innocence, hope, and good cheer. It is also wickedly funny and exciting as hell.
Entertainment Weekly
In E.T., Spielberg proved a herald of the age when moviegoers would make full-time friends with fantasy, but his most special effect was taking us into ourselves.
Music for the eyes. That's why it has become a treasured classic. That's why we'll see it again and again.
Philadelphia Inquirer
If we approach with sympathy and curiosity, we will be rewarded with same. And our souls, not to mention our bicycles, will soar to the heavens.
New York Daily News
Beaming back on screens for its 20th anniversary, holds up spectacularly well.
Always a magical film. For its anniversary rerelease, though, it's been extensively restored and even partly reshot by Spielberg. It now looks better than it did back then.
New York Post
An all-time classic that seems even better after two decades.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
It's one modern film worthy of being called a contemporary classic.
Baltimore Sun
The least fussy great movie ever made.
Rolling Stone
When E.T. debuts on DVD, you can choose between the new version, which better matches E.T.'s words to his lips, and the sweetly clunky, digitally deprived version redolent of penis breath. I don't need to phone home to know which one I'm buying.
San Francisco Chronicle
A fine picture because it can still, without fail, make an entire audience of children shut up and fall in love with a little green alien with big eyes and a turtlelike body.

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