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Robert Zemeckis

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Plot Summary

Two-time Oscar-winner Jodie Foster ("Panic Room") and Matthew McConaughey ("The Wedding Planner") star in this gripping story of a radio astronomer who receives the first extraterrestrial radio signal ever picked up on Earth. As the world powers scramble to decipher the message and decide upon a course of action, she vies to fulfill her dream of becoming the first human being to make contact with alien beings. Co-starring Oscar-nominee and Emmy-winner James Woods ("Any Given Sunday," "True Crime"), Oscar-nominee John Hurt ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"), Emmy-winner Tom Skerritt (TV's "Picket Fences"), Oscar-nominee Angela Bassett ("How Stella Got Her Groove Back") and Rob Lowe (TV's "The West Wing"). Directed by Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis ("Cast Away," "What Lies Beneath"). Based on the novel by renowned author/physicist Carl Sagan.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 62
  • Fresh: 39
  • Rotten: 23
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Contact is at its most relaxed when it sheds its intellectual pretensions and reveals its media-wise sense of humor. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: An exhilarating adventure. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Jun 8, 2007

Rotten: Something like one of those mysterious asteroids that get the astronomers all worked up: a large body of gaseous matter surrounding a relatively small core of solid substance. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Feb 16, 2011

Fresh: Like Jodie Foster's hopeful space voyager in the picture, "Contact" may not travel quite as far as it hopes to go, but the trip is worth taking nonetheless. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Feb 16, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Intelligent and watchable.

You'll likely enjoy this movie if any of the following describes you: -- You enjoy thinking about the concept of extraterrestrial life. -- You're an amateur astronomer or just really enjoy gazing at the stars. -- You enjoy intelligent dialogue. -- You like to see a strong female protagonist. -- You have an interest in philosophical/moral issues. Now, that may sound dry and boring to some, but the movie takes the points above and somehow creates a surprisingly suspenseful, beautifully photographed, and well-acted film. I'd venture to say that the CGI graphics of outer space are reason enough to watch this -- absolutely brilliant. I've seen this movie more than twenty times and out of the 500+ movies that I own, it's one that I keep on the top shelf. It's perfect for someone like me: intelligent, a bit nerdy, and in awe of our Universe. I hope you like it too! :)

Out of this World

This movie was suprizingly fantastic. I thought this would be just another alien movie but it has a lot of great morals and points that will keep you pondering for the rest of the week. Great movie and well worth the money. Matthew M. and J. Foster were fantastic together and the acting was amazing in every scene...the end was breathtaking and thought provoking and even though the begining was slow at points it kept me interested ever time I started to slouch in my seat...

Intelligent emotional masterpiece

For anyone interested in science fiction, fantasy, science fact, astronomy, life, philosophy and excellent acting this is for you! A timeless film that gets at the core of not only humanity and our beliefs but at our place or potential place in the universe! Simply an amazing film!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1997

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