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They Live Reviews

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July 3, 2020
Whereas I saw an intriguing satire on '80s materialism and conservative economic policy, Piper saw a badass action movie being made by a director at the top of his game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 4, 2019
A direct and effective direction that never gives itself to unnecessary trappings, 'They Live' has not lost a bit of the freshness that it already had three decades ago. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 29, 2019
Carpenter eviscerates American consumerism and materialism, Reaganomics, as well as questions the vast class divide which exists in most American cities.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 7, 2019
They Live is a good laugh, I certainly enjoyed my time with it, but the sudden tonal shift and some poor acting does hurt it in the long run.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 29, 2018
They Live addresses what another character in it calls "the annihilation of consciousness." Carpenter means class consciousness, too.
November 6, 2018
Ultimately, the biggest take-home from rewatching They Live in 2018 is how scarily relevant this 1988 effort still is to this day.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 5, 2018
A movie that used the horror genre to explore the nefarious nature of poverty, exploitation, consumer culture, and capitalism.
October 30, 2018
Made during the Reagan era, Carpenter channels the conspiracy theories and social concerns of the day to imbue it with an aura of eerie truthfulness.
October 25, 2018
The film was was responding to the start of the US rust belt and Reagan-era consumerism, but its themes of working-class subjugation and omnipresent media control have only become more pressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2018
While the text of They Live isn't all that scary, the subtext is among the most terrifying aspects of life in the modern world.
October 1, 2018
Carpenter always has his mind on some greater force when he's making a movie, but the paranoia and brute rage conveyed by (of all people) Rowdy Roddy Piper in this action-sci-fi-horror hybrid has made it one of those "what did he know?" classics...
July 3, 2018
We should really celebrate movies like this from Carpenter.
September 1, 2017
I'm depressed to report that it's timelier than ever.
August 25, 2017
... inequities and economic hardship is a vivid backdrop to what might otherwise be a simple B-movie about an alien invasion hiding in plain sight, indistinguishable from the humans beside them but for one thing: they are the 1%.
February 17, 2017
Carpenter's primary objective was to make a tough action flick, which he does; it fits snugly into his filmography's subset of urban mayhem movies (alongside 'Escape from New York,' 'Assault on Precinct 13,' and parts of 'Big Trouble in Little China').
April 26, 2016
With Carpenter's clear, widescreen direction and his skill and enthusiasm at their highest peak, this is a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 10, 2015
Campy, satirical classic has lots of violence, profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 7, 2015
Cheesy fun from the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 1, 2013
Behold the message as articulated by John Carpenter's sublime sci-fi opus: "I'm giving you a choice: Either put on these glasses, or start eating that trashcan."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 6, 2013
It's a little bit V and a little bit Lethal Weapon. A little bit "1984" and a little bit Rambo. It's got sledgehammer political satire, humor, goofiness and little bit of Wrestlemania thrown in to boot.
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