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War of the Worlds (2005)

  PG-13 Closed Captioning

Steven Spielberg

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Plot Summary

An ordinary man has to protect his children against alien invaders in this science fiction thriller, freely adapted from the classic story by H.G. Wells. Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is a dockworker living in New Jersey, divorced from his first wife Mary Ann (Miranda Otto) and estranged from his two children Rachel and Robbie (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin), of whom he has custody on weekends. On one such visitation, looking after the kids becomes a little more difficult when, after a series of strange lighting storms hit his neighborhood, Ray discovers that a fleet of death-ray robotic spaceships have emerged nearby, part of the first wave of an all-out alien invasion of the Earth. Transporting his children from New York to Boston in an attempt to find safety at Mary Ann's parents' house, Ray must learn to become the protector and provider he never was in marriage. Also starring Tim Robbins, War of the Worlds was directed by Steven Spielberg, who had been planning the project for years, but set it aside until a wave of "alien invasion" films (led by Independence Day) had run its course.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 251
  • Fresh: 186
  • Rotten: 65
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: H.G. Wells wouldn't recognize his 1898 alien-invasion novel, The War of the Worlds, in Steven Spielberg's updated film version. But Wells could probably relate to the ensuing fear and panic. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Rotten: It's as if the aliens landed and everyone died so that Tom Cruise could grow up one more time. – David Denby, New Yorker, Jul 6, 2005

Fresh: Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is huge and scary, moving and funny-another capper to a career that seems like an unending succession of captivations. – Ken Tucker, New York Magazine, Aug 9, 2006

Fresh: War of the Worlds is taut, gripping and surprisingly dark filmmaking. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

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The Horn Sound gives me the chills!

This is one of my favorite movie, I have read the book and I can see why some people may be disappointed. But, I see this movie apart from the original book. If you just watch and immerse yourself to the movie itself and not think of the book, you will be carried away by the emotion and intensity of the movie.

It's a nice movie... except for all the screaming from Rachael

Apart from her screaming, the movie would have been good. I now haveto FF parts where I know she will be screaming. I would run from her rather from the robots.

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  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2003

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