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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Scott Derrickson

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About the Movie

The Day the Earth Stood Still is 20th Century Fox’s contemporary reinvention of its 1951 classic. Keanu Reeves portrays Klaatu, an alien whose arrival on our planet triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance, a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her young stepson Jacob (Jaden Smith) get caught up in his mission – and come to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described “friend to the Earth.”

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 191
  • Fresh: 40
  • Rotten: 151
  • Average Rating: 4.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: ... must be the worst major release in what may be the most disastrous year in recent Hollywood history. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: A good portion of this sci-fi disaster movie is unintentionally comical. And the parts that aren't funny are just plain dull. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: This was supposed to be the winter season's big special effects picture. So why does it make Al Gore's PowerPoint presentation look like Spider-Man 2 by comparison? – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Where the original film was unpretentious, this version, with Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, is insufferably full of itself, an X-Files episode pumped up to pseudo-cosmic proportions. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


I've seen the original 1950s movie, and this was basic disgrace. The effects were better (no duh), however everything else fell apart. As well, they left out the key phrase "Klaatu Barada Nikto" which had been such a cult hit. Total neglect of the whole theme that we had started to arm our spaceships, thus mankind will be silenced unless they become peaceful. It's an anti-war film. Not a Keanu Reeves flaunting how good looking he is film. Fail.

Good movie better message

Despite stunning visuals and the usual captivation that a good science fiction film offers, an urgent message about the nature of humanity and the err of its ways is well portrayed. Definetly an all around good movie for most ages (frightening). Hopefully viewers will recognize the message this movie has to offer and maybe even learn to be proactive as a result!


this is a very well made movie great actors great photography great effects i saw this in theaters and i watched it again and i will watch it again

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2008

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