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Ridley Scott

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About the Movie

Celebrate 75 Years of Screams from 20th Century Fox! The terror begins when the crew of a spaceship investigates a transmission from a desolate planet, and discovers a life form that is perfectly evolved to annihilate mankind. One by one, each crew member is slain until only Ripley is left, leading to an explosive conclusion that sets the stage for its stunning sequel, "Aliens."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 104
  • Fresh: 101
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 9.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An old-fashioned scary movie set in a highly realistic sci-fi future, made all the more believable by expert technical craftmanship. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Alien looks amazing, almost like a new film. – Glenn Abel, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Ridley Scott's new cut won't change the way people think about the movie, but it reinforces the film's strengths without alienating the series' biggest fans. – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 2, 2006

Fresh: This is a screamingly spooky sci-fi tale with more than a few echoes of "The Thing" but echoes which enhance rather than detract. – Ernest Leogrande, New York Daily News, May 25, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Utterly revolutionary...

30 years since its theatrical release... this movie and its masterful preview still dominate in terms of thriller-type movies. In my opinion, this is one of the most masterfully done movies ever made. From beginning to end it was masterfully constructed, and unlike most movies of its time, no number of years or technological advancements in the movie-making community establish any level of cheese factor for this movie.

The special effects remain effective, the actors remain believable, and the plot holds a classical sci-fi horror feel that in my opinion defines this genre of science fiction. The inescapability of an endoparasitic alien species has been reproduced by many directors since the release of this movie in 1979, but none draw even close to the fearsome, personally uncomfortable wrath of the face-huggers, chest-bursters, and full-grown aliens that follow.

This movie is an absolute must see, comparable to other masterful thriller works such as Silence of the Lambs. I would more than recommend paying the money to view this film; the sheer thrill of it more than pays it back.

Where are the director's cuts?

I love the original Alien films but I'd love to see the director's cuts available on here...they are superior in every way...that bring said this film is a must own. It's mind blowingly tense and terrifying in a way that only "The Descent" and "Martyrs" have been able to evoke since this film was released. It is so rare for a film to be truly terrifying like this. The slow burn narrative focusing on character development, and the terrifying grand horror ending really make this film a true classic that must be seen, especially by new fans of the science fiction horror genre and players of "dead space".


One of the greatest sci-fi films of all time, right after Aliens!!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1979

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