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War of the Worlds (2005)
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by David Cornelius

"Another slice of Spielbergian genius."
5 stars

Here we have one of our greatest filmmakers adapting the signature work from one of science fiction’s greatest authors. Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” is continuing proof of his natural talents as a master cinematic storyteller. It is telling that the film is riddled with plot holes, mired in awkward sentiment, hindered by unnecessary changes from the source material, and yet it remains a genuine work of genius. This is a brilliant, brilliant movie.

Those of you familiar with the H.G. Wells classic (or, at least, the 1953 film version, or Orson Welles’ 1938 radio play) already know the gist of the plot: pissed off Martians, looking to colonize, begin wiping out all life on Earth. But while screenwriters Josh Friedman and David Koepp stick fairly closely to the source for the film’s second half (which involves not so much the war but the main characters’ viewpoint of it, as he struggles for survival), they wildly break away for the first. Not just the updating to modern times, either. Consider: the original (plus the two previous major adaptations) got most of their thrills out in the opening act, which sees astronomers witnessing something launching from Mars, something landing in nearby fields, something slowly, creepily coming out of the crater.

Friedman and Koepp give us a whole other introduction entirely. Here, we spend all of our time following Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise), New York dock worker, as he’s stuck watching his kids while his ex (Miranda Otto) goes off on vacation. Ray’s used to the bachelor life, unsure of how to handle rebellious son Robbie (Justin Chatwin) and precocious daughter Rachel (Dakota Fanning). But then a freak lightning storm hits his neighborhood, followed by strange tripod war machines digging themselves out from underground. Followed, naturally, by much of the running and the panic and the such.

A fan of the novel, it took me a while to reconcile this different beginning - so much of the tension came from the waiting, the wondering, the watching of the crater. But then I understood that this change fits perfectly for Spielberg’s vision of the story, which focuses, in pure Spielberg style, more on family issues. In order to root for this family, we must first spend time with them, and the opening as Wells has it doesn’t offer such time.

The suddenness of the attack, a far cry from the patient introduction of the novel, also helps bring this story into the modern, post-9/11 world. Just as the 1953 film version mirrored Cold War tensions, this 2005 spin mirrors fears of instant, unforeseeable terrorist attacks. (Thankfully, the film refuses to be a Bush-era rant of “always be afraid.” Instead, Spielberg and company study the more complex ways in which human nature brings out the best and worst of us in times of crisis.)

As for the other major alteration, that of the Martians having buried their war machines long ago (instead of just bringing them along on this visit), it has some rather large gaps in its logic, to be sure, but it still manages to work, considering the film’s modern setting. In an online discussion of the film, fellow critic James Kendrick suggested that the “they’ve been buried for ages” angle highlights fears of an “attack from within,” as in sleeper cells. While it doesn’t quite gel with the story’s overall themes regarding the problems with colonialism, it does tap into an underlying sense of dread that’s pulsing through today’s viewing audience.

But honestly, does everything here need to make sense? I argue that, in fact, nothing does. The scariest moments in the film are the ones that involve the unknown; we can take our guesses as to why some humans are being turned into alien fertilizer, or why they kill some of us but not all of us, or why they waited so long to invade, but the fact of the matter is, we just don’t know. And “War” is about the fear of the unknown, an attack by mysterious others whose motives are unclear at best. People are dying, and nobody can explain why. That’s some pretty scary stuff right there.

The film does not limit its moments of terror to notions of the unknown, however. One of the movie’s more effective scenes is completely alien-free: Ray and the children, having found a car that still runs, find themselves driving through a mass exodus of refugees, which turns into a mob riot when all of them decide they want the car, and they’re damn well going to get it. This is human nature at its ugliest, unchecked rage with no concern for anyone else. In one moment, it looks as if one of the rioters is about to drive off with Rachel still in the back seat, despite Ray’s pleas.

And so “War” balances its fears of unknown threats, both internal and external, with the question of what people would do in order to survive. Things get ugly indeed for the refugee mob, yes, but this is balanced later by a scene in which Robbie struggles to help a few strangers who are holding onto dear life, following a panic to board a ferry. See? We’re not all selfish.

Where the movie will make or break for you is the later segment in which Ray hides away in a cellar with a survivalist (Tim Robbins) who’s slowly going wacko. Things slow down to a quiet, menacing lull here; there is no action, at least not in the popcorn movie sense of the word. Some have complained that the story goes off balance here, becoming little more than a waiting game. I counter by arguing that this is a sharp area for character study. Here we have two men both desperate to survive, yet very different in their opinions on how exactly to accomplish that.

The film then becomes claustrophobic, choking the viewer with its lack of release. Watch how Spielberg mounts the tension starting here. This is a director relishing the idea of torturing his audience; like all the masters of suspense, Spielberg knows exactly when to tighten the terror, when to let the viewer breathe, how to catch us off guard. In fact, to call “War” an action movie is to misread Spielberg’s intentions. Yes, there are action sequences. But this is a horror movie, flat out. And it’s an exceptional one, at that.

I have not yet discussed the cast, and that’s because I’ve been attempting to avoid discussing Cruises’ erratic behavior as reported in the press in the weeks leading up to the film’s release. I’m not one that feels an actor’s real-world life affects his or her on-screen performance (consider the politics of Charlton Heston and John Wayne, or the behavior of Russell Crowe), and so I merely say this: yes, Cruise is, at least temporarily, completely insane in the guano sense, but just watch him here. His performance of a negligent dad who faces death and grows in the process is one of the driving forces of this movie. “War” would not work without a strong performance in its center, and Cruise delivers.

So does Fanning, as much as it surprises me to say so. I’ve never liked this child actor, whose performances in such unwatchables as “The Cat In the Hat,” “Uptown Girls,” and “I Am Sam” were the painful results of Cute Kid Acting Like a Grown-Up Syndrome. Here, however, she’s allowed to just be a kid (an overly cutesy one, but still), which not only makes her more likable, but it also cranks up the nailbiting once she’s asked to freak out and show fear. We believe her as an honest girl who’s actually fearing for her life, and it makes for a nerve-wracking experience.

(Note how Spielberg also helped the previously unlikable Haley Joel Osment into an admirable performer in “A.I.” Looks like once again, Steve has the touch with the kids, and can turn any annoying brat into a decent child star.)

There is a reason Steven Spielberg is often listed at the very top of various “best director” lists, and “War of the Worlds” is one more example of that reason. This is a person who fully understands the art of cinema as a storytelling technique, and with his latest effort, he uses that art to create a breathtaking thriller. Spielberg’s list of great movies is too long to catalog here, but rest assured: “War of the Worlds” now ranks among them.

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User Comments

10/29/16 morris campbell I love alien movies but this sucks donkey dicks watch the original instead 1 stars
8/29/13 Tammy Woodall I'm not really into Science Fiction movies, but this movie had me watching it regardless. 4 stars
9/16/12 VLTampa The sound the aliens make in this movie makes my skin crawl. 4 stars
3/14/11 Katie Fogle Dakota Fanning was great, but I'm not really a fan of alien movies. 3 stars
1/10/11 Quigley One of the most underrated blockbusters in history. People need to watch this film again. 5 stars
10/24/10 Zaid Flawed..flawed...flawed and Tim Robbins scene is unnecessary 2 stars
9/26/10 art the only MENACE in this movie was DAKOTA FANNING! 1 stars
6/21/10 christy spires This movie is awesome and it really makes you wonder about life on other planets!! 4 stars
3/07/09 SandySue Excellent! Can't go wrong with Spielberg & Tom together! 5 stars
2/11/09 Stewart Another terrible special effects movie. Stupid characters and a cliched story. 1 stars
2/04/09 Faraz J Fun watch. 4 stars
10/25/08 Martian ack ack ack 1 stars
10/12/08 blythe brown this movie's obvious unrealism, in certain respects (and bratty children)hurtItGreatly 2 stars
3/30/08 Raika One start because that's the lowest I can give. 1 stars
3/02/08 ladavies I can't stand Tom Cruise, but I saw this movie anyway... and kind of liked it 3 stars
2/13/08 2hoursdead Can I PLEASE strangle those two whiny, bratty children? PLEASE?? I'll pay! What crap! 1 stars
10/24/07 Ivana Mann If you enjoy Dakota Fanning screaming like a bat for two hours, then this movie is for you. 1 stars
10/23/07 Beau A very entertaining movie, Dakota Fanning is a very talented girl! 4 stars
9/08/07 H. A complete waste of time and money and a completely unnecessary movie 1 stars
8/15/07 Jusquick Brilliant acting amazing effects and I chewed all my nails off, thanks Mr S! 5 stars
8/13/07 Annonomiss What, Colin?! Nothing about 911 in this dreary sad waste of time movie. Bad. (period) 1 stars
6/30/07 Lyrical poet If you haven't seen it don't read muwhobbit 's reveiw because she tells you the ending 4 stars
6/07/07 Danielle Ophelia Summer movies don't get much better than this. Spielberg films do. 4 stars
5/15/07 Booksworm I never thought I'd say this, but David Cornelius and I actually agree on something. 5 stars
5/11/07 Browncoat Matt,you are an idiot.The acting was great,the plot was well developed,and the fx rock! 5 stars
5/01/07 Tracey Chambers not even entertaining by accident 2 stars
4/23/07 Matt What A joke! No story line, bad acting, and a worse ending make all the great fx for naught 1 stars
4/18/07 Stevo UK ''It's not a war - it's an extermination!'' Really? I thought it was a Gay rights parade... 2 stars
4/16/07 Reesefire Black If you didn't like the ending to this movie, then you completely missed the point. 5 stars
4/03/07 Double M One of Cruise's weakest movies, the same goes for Spielberg.. yet it's still good enough.. 4 stars
4/02/07 Guido Sanchez Really a useless, silly film with a terrible ending dragging it down to 1. 1 stars
3/19/07 dude pretty good 4 stars
3/13/07 man screw Independance Day? not by a lomg shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
3/02/07 Sam Soule Really good, thriller. But ParkerHale85, you could have used better language, your childish 5 stars
2/16/07 Vip Ebriega A solid Steven Spielberg movie. His best by far. 5 stars
1/30/07 action movie fan very good remake-the best film of 2005 4 stars
1/22/07 jeannie karlsen I HATE TOM CRUISE I HATE THIS MOVIE IF THERE WERE A '0' STAR I'D GIVE IT! 1 stars
12/12/06 Decimeo1 well it was a GREAT movieacrors was the BEST!! 5 stars
11/21/06 jdean62 The worst.. The LAST Cruise movie I will ever see and lost all respect for Spielberg!! 1 stars
11/12/06 ParkerHale85 hmm...i would say this film sucks cock, is a cock and is fucking retardidly shit 1 stars
10/31/06 pete.chesworth Good scenes but left me feeling that it could have been so much better 3 stars
10/18/06 David Pollastrini great fx 5 stars
10/15/06 Charles Tatum Plays more like an FX highlight reel than a plot driven movie 3 stars
9/25/06 Donny good when you turn off your mind 3 stars
9/18/06 Joyster not worth the money spent 1 stars
8/16/06 anthonyuk true to the original but somewhat disappointing 3 stars
8/13/06 Sharon tim robbins was hott but the movie is gay gay gay gay gay gay gay!! 3 stars
8/10/06 Dragon The Artist Exquiste remake, very awesome aliens& FX!! 5 stars
7/15/06 rick james it sucks grabarge collector 1 stars
7/10/06 David Cohen Cruise actually does a good job, its the script that fails in this forgettable movie 3 stars
6/23/06 drydock54321 irritating characters, especially those two kids. I'd like to punch them in the nose. 3 stars
6/11/06 Dave Webber Great effects but major plot holes 3 stars
6/02/06 Carol Baker This is a pretty good movie for a remake. It follows the book and is a good update on the 4 stars
5/29/06 Agent Sands Despite the shittiest possible ending, it has some good, tense moments. 4 stars
5/25/06 dr.mendonca.correia@oninet.pt Martians walking so easily on Earth?! Who was Spielberg's consultant for this turkey?... 1 stars
5/13/06 Ron Green Great special effects! I was on the edge of my seat throughout this movie. 5 stars
5/04/06 emma awesome 5 stars
4/25/06 Jack A Steven Spielberg rocker 5 stars
4/02/06 Quigley one of my favorites. Spileberg made this movie not just awesome, but chilling. see it. 5 stars
3/14/06 rupert yes its bad tho still better than starwank revenge of the shite 2 stars
3/10/06 Reklc No plot, stereotypical ending... and Cruise just survives everything,bah- 3 stars
2/26/06 Larry Brown No story, Tom Cruise simply walks thru the movie so that we can see people get vaporized. 1 stars
2/19/06 Tanya excellent until you get to the last 15 minutes then hollywood kicks in 3 stars
1/31/06 Savannah The best movie in the WORLD 5 stars
1/24/06 Paul Best "alien invasion" sequence ever seen 5 stars
1/22/06 Ronin My expectations were higher. Unfortunately it's just so so. 3 stars
1/19/06 Mike Pulido Spielberg's films are usually worth the price of admission 4 stars
1/18/06 MrsVoorheesBabyBoy Aside from some Visual effects, This was a steaming pile of shit. 1 stars
1/01/06 R.W.Welch Nice try but no match for the '53 classic. 3 1/3 sporks. 3 stars
12/31/05 Quigley you people have no clue. the CG destruction was epic. better than Star Wars 3? by a mile 5 stars
12/30/05 Jeff Anderson Terrible, enough said. Cruise's disgraceful ego was bad enough, but THIS! Don't bother!!!!! 1 stars
12/27/05 Tombstone not worth a damn 1 stars
12/21/05 Ethan M. After all the hype this movie put out, I was dissapointed. 3 stars
12/20/05 Carolyn Rathburn good grafics, love Dakota 4 stars
12/19/05 Stephen Kent Best movie ever created 5 stars
12/16/05 sunking alien ships must have risen through all the holes in the plot. Awful!! 1 stars
12/15/05 Danny Sucked big, fat, hairy ass. 1 stars
12/13/05 Indrid Cold Spielberg shows us why he's the master in several brilliant scenes, but the plot sucks. 4 stars
12/11/05 gray "good film 'cept those annoying people that kept getting in the way" 4 stars
12/11/05 Bad Critic I expected more. 3 stars
12/11/05 Ahnold Spileberg has lost ability to create believable characters. He's a big-budget hack now. 3 stars
12/06/05 Quigley an unforgettable theater experience. cruise wasn't bad, and the effects were spetacular. 5 stars
12/05/05 Monday Morning All EFX, no substance. Chubby rain...that's what to be scared of. 3 stars
12/02/05 Zenny visually amazing, otherwise pretty good 4 stars
12/01/05 George Utterly awful,just a Cruise vehicle,Stick with the original movie! 1 stars
12/01/05 MrsVoorheesBabyBoy Sucked Balls 1 stars
11/29/05 Robert Quinn unforgetable and intense action 5 stars
11/27/05 Hans Voerknecht What a waste of money and time and talent 2 stars
11/26/05 Christine Hosie better than expected,fast paced,lots of action 5 stars
11/24/05 Idiot_for_LMP Didn't want to see but glad I did. Worth It for Fanning alone 4 stars
11/23/05 cr good story, good visual effects, and unrentless action= a spielberg classic 4 stars
11/23/05 merp Yeah this ones a blasting ride, with focus on human element rather than large scale wonder 4 stars
11/13/05 Lanie Richardson Great movie! Dakota Fanning was unbelievable! 5 stars
10/30/05 Quigley this movie was jsut incredible. with spileberg directing, harldy anything goes wrong. 5 stars
10/28/05 Gretchen Seitz Right watchable. Possibly best performance by a scientologist since SWIMFAN 4 stars
10/26/05 deadwiz Pretty fun, enjoyable at least. 4 stars
10/25/05 Richard Brandt Almost 30 years after CE3K, Steve's still remaking "The Searchers" 4 stars
10/25/05 Nick_Voro Overrated bec of Spielberg but hype aside it meets one’s expectations. Fanning is amazing. 5 stars
10/25/05 The EZ1 Enjoyable, loud summer popcorn flick. 4 stars
10/19/05 Agent Sands Riveting up until the pat ending. One scene of HILARIOUS comic relief. 4 stars
9/19/05 Jonathon Holmes so entertaning that I almost forgive Cruise for being an an asshole...ALMOST! 5 stars
9/14/05 Pinkline Jones Cruise plods big time in this sick-making and pointless colostomy gurgle 1 stars
9/13/05 Beth Blackburn It was freaking awesome!! Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning are just a perfect match! 5 stars
9/09/05 Ric Genuinely terrifying; this is Spielberg's most entertaining movie since The Last Crusade. 5 stars
9/05/05 Barney Fife III *sigh* More Spielberg crap. 1 stars
9/04/05 Daryl Walker The fillm is a terrifying sci-fi masterpiece. 5 stars
9/03/05 Quigley what is wrong with you people? this movie rules so much! spielberg is the man. see it! yes! 5 stars
9/02/05 Eagle Movie has great FX but story and plot subpar 3 stars
8/27/05 Tom Burns One of the best remakes i have seen in awhile. 5 stars
8/24/05 Eden Brilliant first 2 acts but the third kills film 4 stars
8/23/05 Courtney McCarty THIS MOVIE WAS KICK ASS!! and all those who hated it have serious movie scoring issues. 5 stars
8/20/05 chris hagopian Slightly disappointing but still worth a look 4 stars
8/16/05 Frenzy Idoit story, dumber ending 1 stars
8/16/05 Mark Radburn War Of The Worlds is a kick-ass movie 5 stars
8/14/05 paris hart Fantastic fun movie,chilling and intense with gr8 performences NOT BORING 5 stars
8/12/05 Frenzy No story, poor acting, bad ending 1 stars
8/12/05 chrislyn d best 5 stars
8/10/05 jessica awesome and excellent 5 stars
8/08/05 Bubba Fish A below-average plot, with above-average action sequences makes it well... average. 3 stars
8/05/05 Nate Frary I liked it, but I have a hard time watching most Spielberg movies more than once. 3 stars
8/03/05 Steve Wentworth If you've read the book or heard the musical version, you're in for a BIG disappointment. 2 stars
7/30/05 E Canfor-Dumas Poorly scripted, lacking in logic or believable characterisation; terrible ending... 2 stars
7/28/05 Thurisaz Brilliant in reintepreting so much of the novel without ruining it. For fans, made by fans. 5 stars
7/28/05 guy hedul kick ass secial effects 5 stars
7/27/05 Obi Wan Very Good Movie...but the 3rd act kinda let me down 5 stars
7/26/05 manuel A wonderful tracking shot in the car has me going back. 5 stars
7/26/05 Laura Lee Macleod for all the special effects- average, silly ending 3 stars
7/26/05 Ty Spiceland It starts off great, but falls apart about halfway through 3 stars
7/25/05 george vlahos best photography i can remember seeing since forgiven 5 stars
7/25/05 Suke Epic scenes, forced human story. Is it worth $10.75? 3 stars
7/25/05 John Bale More Spielberg than H. G. Wells, some excellent SFX however 4 stars
7/24/05 Stan Parker Sci Fi at its best. Although I thought Rays Kids were the worst thing about the movie. Ando 5 stars
7/23/05 Steve Newman Fantastic film, special effects, story, acting, aliens, dead bodies - all awesome - go see 5 stars
7/23/05 Quigley spielberg delivers and he delivers well. truly a jaw-dropping unforgettable film experience 5 stars
7/21/05 Jordan this movie was nothing like the book and tom cruise have kis w/o his gay lover rob thomas? 2 stars
7/20/05 Sir Dude This was much better than the old one. Tom Cruise did a great job in this movie. Go see it! 5 stars
7/19/05 Ex-Fan Fucken awesome, apart from the iffy finale, preety good fucker 5 stars
7/18/05 steve if i hear another person say 'post-911 world' i will vomit blood (the movie rules btw) 5 stars
7/18/05 War of the Worlds fan The narrow focus on Cruise and lack of scenes showing tripods firing death rays, ruined it 3 stars
7/18/05 herkos akhaion spectacular 5 stars
7/17/05 daveyt really wanted to enjoy it, effects overshadow content... 3 stars
7/16/05 mohd lal amer it is very fantistiec movie 5 stars
7/15/05 kevin completely unbelievable but pretty 3 stars
7/15/05 yo holy,fucking,shit. This is fucking crazy 5 stars
7/14/05 Aye Total crap? there is sumthin rong wit u ppl. This film is intense! 5 stars
7/14/05 Phil Nobbs Intense, gripping summer entertainment. Could have been longer, the finale is a bit rushed. 4 stars
7/14/05 bdboudreaux Plot holes a plenty and just plain insulting 1 stars
7/13/05 Spielberg rules Best movie of the year, fun and thoughtful 5 stars
7/13/05 Marty Aron It is a great movie! My son Jason and I are getting it ASAP! 5 stars
7/12/05 yo HOLY SHIT, this movie was so fucking good.GOD DAMN 5 stars
7/12/05 Frenzy Wast of money and time! 1 stars
7/12/05 Dirk the movie sucks big time... and that camera working after the EMP?! bwahaha 1 stars
7/11/05 shawn an absolute joke. this is from the guy who made jaws??? no way. 1 stars
7/11/05 sbpat21 ruthlessly frightening 4 stars
7/11/05 Koitus Bridge and ferry scenes were AWESOME! Very realistic, anxious moments / screenplay. 4 stars
7/11/05 kabir911 Independance day anyday, totally boring apart from 10 minutes of action !!??? 2 stars
7/10/05 KELLEN MATHERS Lots of action but not much plot 3 stars
7/10/05 slanes The special effects are awesome and so is the acting. 5 stars
7/10/05 ty mills excellent film, keeps you on the end of your chair 5 stars
7/10/05 8=====D badass! 5 stars
7/10/05 Jack Zane This film was so bad I was sick to my stomach. There is NO justice if it breaks even. 1 stars
7/10/05 Peteca Un bolazo, mucho ruido y pocas nueces, livianita, livianita 2 stars
7/10/05 me frog the ending sucks, but the ending is about two minutes 5 stars
7/10/05 Zefram Mann The imagery in this movie will kick you in the nuts, and won't stop till near the end. 5 stars
7/10/05 bullit16 Creepiest, most intense, most "wow"-inducing movie I've seen in a long time 5 stars
7/09/05 mickey rolda good parts just did not jell to make a great movie 3 stars
7/09/05 Rick Cabral The scariest film I've ever seen 5 stars
7/09/05 Daveman A paranoid right-wing fantasy, you'd be forgiven for thinking Ann Coulter wrote it. 2 stars
7/08/05 Dayvee Great special effects, but that's about it. 3 stars
7/08/05 Nevermind the repeat reviewers, this is Close Encounters' evil twin. The Grinch 5 stars
7/07/05 NA NA NA movie sucks,tom cruise is the luckiest man in this movie,sucks all ass 1 stars
7/07/05 Uncle Salty WORTHLESS, don't waste your time or money 1 stars
7/07/05 ELI FUCK Y'ALL!! The ending was illogical, but who the hell CARES?? The rest of the movie rocks 5 stars
7/07/05 John some good sequences somewhow make up a disapointing whole 3 stars
7/07/05 C. Burke This film had as much to do with 9/11 as Iraq. It sucked by the way 1 stars
7/07/05 Jack WTF! Square dancing in LA? 2 stars
7/07/05 Dave Great Special effects but horrible story, terrible pacing, and unbelievable ending ruin it 2 stars
7/07/05 DJP Steven has lost his way - story too flawed for his past achievements 2 stars
7/06/05 AP I kept hoping maybe tom cruise and the kids would die. 2 stars
7/06/05 Christine Hernandez The aliens went thru the trouble to bury tripods, but not R&D the blood compatibility? 2 stars
7/06/05 Elizabeth Blackey Great action; made me jump out of my seat a lot. Weak on plot and lame ending. 4 stars
7/06/05 andre sucky 2 stars
7/06/05 Nicholas Sheldon It's sad. Spielburg has lost his sense of wonder since JP & Private Ryan. 3 stars
7/06/05 Alex Worst movie i've seen in 1 or 2 years. and the pie was waiting for them in Boston. WTF? 1 stars
7/05/05 Aaron Grossfeld Worst remake I have ever seen! 2 stars
7/05/05 Ole Man Bourbon Mars Attacks! was better and more plausible 2 stars
7/05/05 Marlene Spielberg's worst 1 stars
7/05/05 Tyrantis Again, BEST ALIEN INVASION MOVIE EVER! 5 stars
7/05/05 Byzantine_101 Was'nt too bad but... Special effects & big name actors can't make up for the lack of plot! 4 stars
7/05/05 Giri has the movie come to an end? why did the martians die? why did i go to watch the movie? 1 stars
7/04/05 roy silly 1 stars
7/04/05 Charlene Javier Worst Spielberg movie since The Lost World. 2 stars
7/04/05 AE Smart horribly disturbing... Cruise had me wishing the martians had better aim... 2 stars
7/04/05 Ross Sewage This film is pretty bad. My suspension of disbelief is that the script was approved. 2 stars
7/04/05 Titus Good acting, good effects, but still a pretty stupid movie. 2 stars
7/04/05 Chris Tucker It Just Plain Sucks. 3 stars
7/04/05 Brian Awesome spectacle, good acting, massive plot holes, poor science, ridiculous ending 4 stars
7/04/05 Farren Minns Great film, but shame about the sugary sweet ending. 5 stars
7/04/05 tj This movie disrespected my wallet and intelligence, someone get me spielberg on the horn! 1 stars
7/03/05 Mark Outstanding! One of Spielberg's best. 5 stars
7/03/05 Robblebeary one word: crap 1 stars
7/03/05 Todd Danieley Most Visually and Audibly Film I have ever encountered. Incredibly Shocking. 5 stars
7/03/05 edsdv awesome, thrilling, that's steven in great form 5 stars
7/03/05 M Chilling and all round great acting, ending is let down, typical hollywood! 5 stars
7/03/05 ALDO well worth watching....In the cinema..... 4 stars
7/03/05 goatfarmer superb: most credible alien invasion movie 5 stars
7/03/05 y2mckay an impressive display of sound and fury that falls apart the minute any scrutiny is applied 3 stars
7/03/05 Lord Jiggy Remove the Cruise-bashing, watch it for what it is...good film, strange pacing, good acting 4 stars
7/03/05 Evelyn Demirchian Amazing film, disturbing at times but truly a Spielburg masterpiece 5 stars
7/03/05 Jesse Special effects are great, story is good, supportive science is weak as hell. 4 stars
7/03/05 matt absolutely crazy!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/03/05 Tediboy I'd rate it an 8 out of 10 for excellent special effects & scary aliens! 5 stars
7/03/05 Vic i like to..however it was a let down and strayed from the story line ppl werre expecting 2 stars
7/03/05 Aaron W. This is one of the three worst movies I've ever seen! 1 stars
7/03/05 Melissa I was blown away by this movie...usually alien movies are cheesy, this one was awesome. 5 stars
7/03/05 Ornith Entertaining, but stays with the book's anticlimatic ending. 4 stars
7/03/05 Dan R. Good suspense for the first hour... pretty good acting... everything else sucked. 2 stars
7/02/05 Nixon what a crap movie. dakota fanning is so annoying with 1 stars
7/02/05 Agent Sands TERRIFIC first hour. DULL ending. 4 stars
7/02/05 Mxt One of Spielberg's laziest movie 3 stars
7/02/05 Mahone a tedious and extremely boring film 2 stars
7/02/05 Kankasaur Our microbes kick ass and their microbes suck...USA! USA! USA! 2 stars
7/02/05 kaz good acting and FX..no story.. 3 stars
7/01/05 BahamutFlare Great Acting, some errors but based on the novel... it was done well. 4 stars
7/01/05 dude (astoria.mung.net) Thank you! I kept thinking this is the first real post-9/11 film made and it just brothered 4 stars
7/01/05 Captain Craig WAR? What war? I must have blinked. 3 stars
7/01/05 kendrick excellent, could not keep my eyes off this movie, this blows all the rest out of the water! 5 stars
7/01/05 MaXine Harker I "knew it was a snake when I picked it up" and was not disappointed when I got bit!! 4 stars
7/01/05 BoyInTheDesignerBubble A throwback to the silly monster flicks of the 50's. 4 stars
7/01/05 gyro_44 Ending is a cop-out (maybe better explained in the book); rest is spectacular and scary. 4 stars
7/01/05 Uncle Phucker For being P-13 this was well done and very freaky. 5 stars
7/01/05 Seana This movie blows all other alien invasion movies away. The acting of Tom Cruise and Dakota 5 stars
7/01/05 green gremlin Great effects...could have done with a better script 4 stars
7/01/05 JACK B SMELLY I THINK I SAW THE WRONG movie, other THAN THAT..............COOL 5 stars
7/01/05 David Hollands After...oh my, 16 YEARS, Spielberg finally gets back in the groove. An entertaining ride. 4 stars
6/30/05 Naka GLORIOUS. Fascinating for putting a human face on the carnage. 5 stars
6/30/05 Eddie Just a remake w/better effects seen it before 3 stars
6/30/05 werwer Total Crap 1 stars
6/30/05 Eden Even though it had alot of changes from the book, it was oddly still faithfull. 4 stars
6/30/05 TJ Nelson Worst movie I have ever seen 1 stars
6/30/05 Phil Buckley-Mellor Not perfect but the most terrifying film I've ever seen 5 stars
6/30/05 David Against All Hopes 3 stars
6/30/05 Sonya A. Willis Independence Day + Signs=I expect better from Spielberg 4 stars
6/30/05 ERIC BELOW AVERAGE 2 stars
6/30/05 Mitch great movie with a horrible ending. doesn't explain anything. 4 stars
6/30/05 Intelligent One total crap. matrix + independence day + son being alive at end = super crap 1 stars
6/30/05 allen plot holes Matt LeBlanc could pilot a spaceship through. an ending to snicker at. 1 stars
6/30/05 Ganesh Bhat Shockingly disappointing Movie. Am still recuperating. 2 stars
6/30/05 ajay good movie, would've kicked ass with a decent ending 4 stars
6/29/05 John Shannon Put all Spielberg's flicks in a blender, and you'll get this. A giant BLAH. 3 stars
6/29/05 Amy Teitter Steve Spielberg Takes Another Crap on the Big Screen and wastes another 2 hrs of my life 1 stars
6/29/05 Burt Ward another awesome spielberg film. 5 stars
6/29/05 Jim The Movie Freak Koepp still can't write a third act to save his life but still an excellent film 4 stars
6/29/05 Gary Steaming pile of dog sh*t...this movie is ET for teens.not a compliment! 1 stars
6/29/05 Dave One of Spielberg's worst films. 2 stars
6/29/05 Wayne Demers Great acting, story, special fx, and sound fx. Lousy ending. 4 stars
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  29-Jun-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 22-Nov-2005



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