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83
Entertainment Weekly
By rocketing ahead 200 years from the previous film and jiggering the story cleverly (with a script by Toy Story coscreenwriter Joss Whedon as late-'90s wiseacreish as Alien3 was early-'90s portentous) to create a Ripley reconstructed through a mix of human and alien DNA, Alien Resurrection power-kicks the whole definition of the Horrifying Other into a fresh, deep, exhilaratingly thoughtful, millennium-sensitive direction. [5 Dec 1997, p. 47]
80
Weaver obviously relishes playing this feral, sarcastic new Ripley, and her pleasure is infectious.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Jeunet manages a terrific pass in an extended underwater sequence, but, beyond that, he runs out of ideas as we run out of patience.
67
Weaver essays the new hotmama Ripley with wry, good humor -- you can tell she's having a ball playing this unstoppable die-cast she-wolf.
63
ReelViews
Has a bold, inventive style that occasionally compensates for story weaknesses. And, admittedly, there's a certain visceral appeal to the action sequences.
50
The cluttered, surreal, claustrophobic sets and gooey alien creatures look intriguing, sometimes shocking. But the story tries so hard to be imaginative that it congeals and sinks like lead.
50
Christian Science Monitor
Heavy on violence and special effects, light on everything else.
50
The plot is more of the same old running and screaming, but Weaver is worth the price of admission all by herself, which is just as well in light of the less-than-fleshed out characters by whom she's surrounded.
50
Sigourney gets some good "Rambo" lines, but about halfway through the film her alien super powers go dormant.
38
Chicago Sun-Times
It's a nine days' wonder, a geek show designed to win a weekend or two at the box office and then fade from memory.

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