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The Thing Reviews

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February 28, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 23, 2004
Because this material has been done before, and better, especially in the original The Thing and Alien, there's no need to see this version.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 6, 2007
If it's the most vividly guesome monster ever to stalk the screen that audiences crave, then The Thing is the thing. On all other levels, however, John Carpenter's remake of Howard Hawks' 1951 sci-fi classic comes as a letdown.
June 24, 2006
Russell's sub-Eastwood heroics hardly compensate for the absence of all characterisation, while Bill Lancaster's script boasts the most illogical climax any monster movie ever had.
July 17, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
October 7, 2011
...reading this as a Cold War allegory is doing the movie a very big favor. In reality, this is a film about tentacles and teeth and eyes and orifices and goo, goo, goo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 30, 2002
Pointless remake of the 1951 by the usually overrated John Carpenter
| Original Score: 2/5
May 20, 2003
Mr. Carpenter has demonstrated that he can make good, comparatively plain, old-fashioned scare movies and effective suspense thrillers, but he seems to lose his own head when he combines two or more genres, as he [does here].
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 14, 2003
I never got into this. Very slow, dated special effects, and obvious exploration of the paranoia theme.
| Original Score: 1/5
May 25, 2011
Carpenter's direction is slow, dark, and stately; he seems to be aiming for an enveloping, novelistic kind of effect, but all he gets is heaviness.
September 18, 2009
Shows more originality, wit and invention than possibly any other film you might call a remake... as influential as Alien for its blend of action, sci-fi and chilling horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 7, 2018
The Thing feels like a perfect movie. An embarrassment of riches all concentrated in a single feature film that stands the test of time in a way that few stories do.
July 9, 2019
In the midst of all the special effects, it is ultimately about the psychological impact of a high stress situation.
May 7, 2020
An amazing adventure that... contains scenes that speak for themselves of the enormous talent of the same person responsible for Halloween. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 9, 2017
What really is there left to say about John Carpenter's The Thing? A true genre classic from 1982, the film is an all-time favourite of many and often cited as a sci-fi horror masterclass.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
February 28, 2017
With a thick, thick air of intense paranoia and jaw-dropping monster effects work, The Thing stands as one of the greatest films of both the horror and science fiction genres.
October 10, 2016
John Carpenter's The Thing boasts outstanding special effects, skilled direction and cinematography, and a tension-filled story, making for one of the legendary director's most cherished works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 26, 2018
With its groundbreaking visual effects, terrific ensemble, and haunted-house atmosphere, is now rightfully regarded as an all-time horror classic.
October 30, 2004
The Thing may be a tad too careful and schematic to stand shoulder with Carpenter's very best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 1982
This is one of those rare remakes that remains faithful to the premise of the original but does something unique with the concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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