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100
It is, simply, the alienation-invasion movie to beat all alien-invasion movies: 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.
100
Miami Herald
Contains all of the hallmarks of classic genre Spielberg: It shows you things you've never seen before, instills an accompanying sense of awestruck wonder, and delivers long stretches of heightened, delirious excitement that remind you why people started going to the movies in the first place.
91
Entertainment Weekly
An attack-of-the-aliens disaster film crafted with sinister technological grandeur -- a true popcorn apocalypse.
90
Wall Street Journal
With this genuinely big entertainment, powered by a beating heart, Steven Spielberg has put the summer back in summer movies.
88
Chicago Tribune
Rivets and amazes, even if it falls just frustratingly short of the mind-expanding grandeur it could have had.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Might be too realistic for its own good: The film takes perhaps a little too much glee in its abilities to manufacture mayhem. That being said, the ride is extraordinary.
75
It's those dark visions of destruction that stick, even when Spielberg pushes the script to an unlikely happy ending. Great foreplay, failed orgasm.
75
But expect a logical plot, and you'll walk out of the theater with a host of questions, mostly concerning procedural points of the alien attack.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
For the first 100 minutes of his 117-minute film Spielberg holds the audience in a grip of fear. When Ray and Rachel take refuge in the storm cellar of a survivalist (a miscast Tim Robbins), the director's grip relaxes only a bit, but the film never recovers from this excursion into the Gothic.
75
The film isn't quite excellent, though, since it sags in the middle and starts to seem repetitive.
50
New York Daily News
Go for the extraordinary special effects, by all means, but not if you want to feel good about yourself or humanity. And heed the PG-13 rating, because this movie takes no prisoners.

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