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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the nest, when the scientist says: "First everything was normal...", the movements of his lips clearly doesn't match the spoken words.
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In the fight in the gym, Ripley hits Christie with the basketball, knocking him to the floor. As he falls, he is no longer holding the barbell, but there is no sound of it hitting the floor.
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When Ripley awakens in the Alien nest, the shot opens with one of the scientists speaking about evolution. Despite the speech delivered in his voice, the actor seems to just be making random movements with his mouth, as if he is literally saying "Blah blah blah".
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Character error 

Doctor Gediman and Ripley both refer to the planet on which the original Ripley died as "Fury Sixteen". However, the planet they are referring to, from Alien³, was actually "Fury 161".
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Continuity 

The look of the legs does not correspond between the practical and computer-generated Aliens; the CG ones have an extra joint at the ankle, while the practical Alien shot by Vriess is shown with human looking ankles (i.e. without an extra joint) as it is seen crouched on the grate from below. Also, it lacks the long toes of the CG Aliens, instead having more human-like feet.
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In some scenes just a few drops of Ripley's blood burns through thick metal. When Ripley undergoes surgery, the alien is removed with forceps and in a deleted scene Gediman holds open her chest with spreaders, her blood should also burn the surgical tools.
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When Ripley undergoes surgery, Gediman cuts her chest below her breasts. Later, Wren checks the scar which appears in the upper section of the chest, between her breasts.
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The size of the blood splatter Ripley tosses to the floor of the gym changes between shots.
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The blood disappears from the newborn's hand between shots when it caresses Ripley's face.
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When the alien reaches up through the grating and they show Elgyn getting pulled down, there is a big hole burned into the grate in front of him that was not there just a second before.
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The figure 8 on Ripley's arm is missing in some scenes.
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When Christie draws his guns behind his back, the following shot shows his arms by his sides hanging casually with no guns.
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When the guards discover metal on Johner, Call is looking up/down between shots.
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When Call gets into Ripley's cell, she takes a stiletto from her left boot with her left hand. In the next shot, as she walks towards Ripley, she's holding it with her right hand.
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After the operation, Ripley is held in a "staging area" in what looks like a thin sleeping bag. In the first scene her legs and her head clearly stick out. In the next scene, she is inside the bag and has to slice it open with her fingernails.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the shot just before the clone lab scene, nine people walk past the camera. At that point in the movie there are only eight people.
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Factual errors 

Shock waves travel very far in water. In the underwater scene, every human would have been killed instantly from the grenade launcher shot at the alien.
Most of the region of the brain where General Perez is wounded is responsible for processing visual information. The physical shock alone of such a blow, even discounting the destroyed tissue, would leave him blinded and unable to look at anything.
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With the release of this film, the Alien Trilogy VHS set became the Alien Saga. However on DVD, it was renamed to the Alien "Quadrilogy". Quadrilogy is not a real word. There is already a word for a series of four: "Tetralogy".
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the first three films, it takes an extremely long time (long enough to require freezing of the passengers) to get between populated places in space. In this film, the ship is able to travel from "unregulated space" to Earth itself in as little as three hours. However, we have no idea what "unregulated space" is (it could be very near Earth for all we know) and there have been two hundred years of technological development since the first three films anyway.
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When Ripley drives Call's knife through her wrist it does not get damaged by the acid in her blood even though it's soaked in it. In other scenes just a few drops of Ripley's blood burn through thick metal, which would suggest that the knife's blade should also get burnt. However, Call's knife may be made by some alloy, not just simple steel, but added with cadmium/vanadium/iridium that make it unassailable by acids.
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Ripley retains an inherited genetic memory, even though she's a newborn in some sense.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Ripley falls into the Queen's nest, a pan out shot shows the Auriga heading towards Earth, however, as seen by the visible landmasses, the image is transposed (East Africa, Red Sea, and Arabian Peninsula have been flipped across a vertical axis).
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The barbell Christie swings at Ripley is bent, revealing it to be rubber (it's straight in the previous shot, where he punches it in her face).
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As Vriess hangs from the ladder with Christie on his back you can see the harness tying him to the ladder.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Call is about to be shot, the doctor says "You really are way too trusting" but the movements of his mouth suggest he is saying something completely different.
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Errors in geography 

In the first view of Earth from space, the image is reversed. The horn of Africa, with the Red Sea above it, is pointing west instead of east.
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Factual errors 

In the scene, where Ripley's blood breaches the window in the Betty's cargo hold and the Newborn is sucked out, judging by size of the ship, a cargo hold of that size should've been decompressed in mere seconds. The time it takes for the ship to fully enter Earth's atmosphere would've been more than enough to decompress the entire ship, let alone the cargo hold.
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Factual errors 

Near the end just before when the newborn is sucked out into space, the hole in the window is just too small to create a suction of that strength as seen in the film, and one atmosphere of air pressure would be too little to squeeze the alien out of the ship regardless.
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Factual errors 

Near the end of the film after the human/alien hybrid had just been sucked out of the hull breach, the ship is shown to be entering Earth's atmosphere. Even though the entire ship is awash with flames reaching 3000 degrees, the only effect in the room with the breach is sparks and flame coming from the hole. In reality, the interior of the hull would have begun to melt, and the increase in drag from the breach would have thrown the ship wildly off course, or even into a spin.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

After Ripley falls into the Alien's Den and taken to the Queen, that is when she finds out her gift to the alien creature is a human reproductive system. The Queen gives birth to the new hybrid. However, if that alien was given a human reproductive system, how was the queen impregnated? The Aliens reproduce in an asexual way. The Queen fertilized herself and gave birth to the hybrid.
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If Ripley's gift to the Alien Queen is a human reproductive system, why is she laying eggs? As a human female develops one ovum an a cycle, the Queen Alien does herself; the Eggs were the first cycle, the Newborn hybrid was the second.
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