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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Steven Spielberg

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About the Movie

Richard Dreyfuss stars as cable worker Roy Neary, who along with several other stunned bystanders experience a close encounter of the first kind - witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. After this life-changing event, the inexplicable vision of a strange, mountain-like formation haunts him. He becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, much to the dismay of his wife and family. Meanwhile, bizarre occurrences are happening around the world. Government agents have close encounters of the second kind - discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of a lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded military ship that disappeared decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in unusual places. Roy continues to chase his vision to a remote area where he and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind - contact.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 57
  • Fresh: 55
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The best -- the most elaborate -- 1950's science fiction movie ever made, a work that borrows its narrative shape and its concerns from those earlier films, but enhances them with what looks like the latest developments in movie and space technology. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jun 23, 2015

Fresh: [Spielberg's] new movie is richer and more ambitious than Jaws, and it reaches the viewer at a far more profound level than Star Wars. – Frank Rich, TIME Magazine, Aug 22, 2014

Fresh: A daring film concept which in its special and technical effects has been superbly realized. – A.D. Murphy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: "Close Encounters" proves to be a magic act with dramatic interludes. – Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times, Aug 31, 2017

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Customer Reviews

A 5 Star Climactical Experience!

Wow! Close Encounters of The Third Kind is one of few peaks in the world of cinemas. It is a strong disgrace that this film did not receive any Oscars!

Richard Dreyfuss (Roy Neary) puts you in position as a character in his faces through out the film!

This is Another Great and Strong Steven Spielberg achievement That puts and major impulse on history!

People will see this film and never Walk away the same in which they are absolutely stunned and moved away. This film will also change the way we look at the sky and understand how disturbing society is in which we need to make a change to stand strong!

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The Film Advisor

Jun 11, 2012

A masterpiece!

An exceptional movie in all respects.

It’s fun, after you’ve seen it once, to arch it to catch the continuity foul-ups.

One of the classic must-see scifi movies

Welcome to one of the great ones. A hyper-realistic family, a wonderfully befuddled hero, and a genuine sense of awe and the unknown.

Spielberg is really on his game with this one — and it influenced generations of film directors such as JJ Abrams (you will see its influence in super 8). When the credits roll this movie will stay in your head for years.