A grimly seductive end-of-the-world thriller, with pop-tragic overtones that build in resonance as the movie goes on.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Alien 3 belongs to that branch of fantasy comics, best exemplified by the Road Warrior movies, in which the iron and space ages meet for dizzy results.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
Ironically, Alien 3 is not a bad movie. In fact -- here's the rub -- it's too interesting to make an exciting summer flick.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
There are a few narrative twists, but not enough new ideas to keep us guessing. In the end, we're stuck running through air shafts and corridors again.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
May satisfy fans of the earlier films ... but it won't win any new converts.
John Hartl - Film.com
Barely watchable and not especially enjoyable.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Bold and haunting
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A large step down from the original two films, the third is still entertaining and iconic.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
I recognize the film fandom fury that comes with such a drastic continuation, yet there's a big brown world of unusual cinematic risk here to consume. Alien 3 remains such a potent, mesmerizing force of doom.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Too conceptually disjointed to live in the imagination after it's over, like its predecessors.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
It's a shame that Alien 3 nearly ruined the [Alien] franchise, but that doesn't make it a bad movie, just a bad sequel.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Grim, nihilistic sequel in none-too-cheery series.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
A fascinating, often fantastic, film, one simultaneously indebted to and self-consciously divorced from its acclaimed predecessors in ways both clunky and inspired.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
The problem lies within the weak storyline.
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The movie is dramatically flawed, but in his feature debut David Fincher shows a lot of promise for better things to come, especially when visuals and tone are concerned.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Good acting has salvaged many a poor script in the past, but not here.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Tournure inattendue trop souvent sous-estime, Alien pourrait bien tre en fait la suite la plus accomplie d'une saga incontournable.
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
Spence D. - IGN Movies
Fox's DVD restoration/mea culpa of Fincher's original edit is cause for celebration. The studio cut seemed glibly nihilistic --this time when she jumps, it means something.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The advertisements promise '3 times the suspense. 3 times the danger. 3 times the terror.' The only thing Alien3 has triple of is the word 'f--k.'
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The soulless Alien is essentially an amalgam of power shots.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Flashy, flawed sequel that doesn't deliver the chills of the first or the thrills of the second
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Manages to get the job done if you temper your expectation to a modest level.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
Filled with scares. Sigourney Weaver is winning once again as a tough woman warrior.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
All the groundwork laid by Scott and Cameron in the first two films is tossed right out the window by this nihilistic script. Only watchable thanks to Fincher's directing.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Gorgeous sets and another great turn from Weaver vie with a repetative and desperate structure. It also commits an unforgivable sin by rendering the events of the first two films utterly irrelevant.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
James Rocchi - Netflix
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
...every bit as bad as the first two movies were good. Just pretend the last two sequels didn't happen. (Alien Quadrilogy)
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Reeks with despair and hopelessness.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Those looking for thrills or some enhancement to the first films will be very disappointed. Those looking for a headache will have come to the right place.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Beautifully shot and utterly uninteresting.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Generally viewed as the nadir of the Alien series.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com