The ensuing war of the worlds is waged with weapons as fearsome as a bubble blower, a skateboard, and a sort of anti-gravity grenade that, frankly, looks like a lot of fun.
Adam Markovitz - Entertainment Weekly
Basically a tweener cable movie on steroids, with a bigger budget and a larger cast of B-list character actors.
Mike Hale - New York Times
You could take the kids to see it this summer holiday and avoid an hour or so of rain - or rent the DVD later on. Inoffensive.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
It appears designed for families who never leave the mall.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Aliens in the Attic is so thinly written by Mark Burton and Adam F. Goldberg that the characters are defined entirely by the actors playing them (or, in the case of the f/x-spawned aliens, voicing them).
Joe Leydon - Variety
Stupid movie, right? But kid-friendly.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
A forgettable bit of fluff that will zip out of your orbit as soon as the credits roll.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Writers Mark Burton and Adam F. Goldberg pretty much let their imaginations go wild.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The extraterrestrials get title billing but Hoffman steals the show.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Times
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Dave White - Movies.com
The whole enterprise is frustratingly 'blah' - weak acting, flat storytelling, lifeless direction, murky cinematography.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
Cute protagonists, sensible morals and refreshing lack of complexity make Aliens in the Attic a bit of guilty pleasure.
Cris Kennedy - Screenwize
Remarkably unremarkable; a lively war of the worlds diversion with plenty of spunky special effects, gratuitous slapstick, and Ashley Tisdale parading around in a bikini for all the dads out there.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Aliens In The Attic might fall between a key audiences but will certainly provide a rip-roaring time for both tweens and younger kids, never mind the parents who are seemingly dragged along.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Disliking Aliens in the Attic because it is so blatantly aimed at kids is like disliking the desert for having no water in it . . .
James O'Ehley - fantastiqueZINE
Amiable, kid-oriented slapstick...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
What it lacks in originality and creativity it makes up for with action and a talented cast that breathes life into its thinly drawn characters.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
You get the feeling that the Aliens in the Attic video game probably has more to offer.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
Despite a lacklustre beginning, this family film manages to keep its audience entertained right through to the end.
Annette Basile - FILMINK (Australia)
Hilarious? No. But will you hate your kids for begging to see it? Nooooo.
Roger Moore - Courier Mail (Australia)
Getting past the passages of forced teen coolness, this likable sci-fi romp brings some PG-tastic fun.
Ben McEachen - Empire Magazine Australasia
Undemanding and occasionally lol, Aliens in the Attic will have the youngsters in stitches at some of the fight scenes... entertaining and sometimes goofy family comedy
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Cue some uninspired but reasonably entertaining mayhem. The aliens are mediocre CGI bipeds who wouldn't last 10 seconds against a horde of Gremlins.
Edward Porter - Sunday Times (UK)
The aliens look like cast-offs from a bad Spielberg film and the whole family are boring examples of Hollywood's ordinary Americans.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Uninventive family comedy.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
If I saw ALIENS IN THE ATTIC twenty years ago, I would have recommended it. But now that the bar has been raised for family films, I would say wait for the dvd, and only if you're a parent.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Daft battles aside, the film soon takes a predictable turn towards family togetherness and bonding, which is cringing but morally commendable all the same. Ultimately this is a bearable if forgettable film.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
A cheap and charmless kiddie-orientated sci-fi adventure film. Pre-teens deserve better than this.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Marred by cheapjack CGI and poor character design (the squishy-faced critters look like they came out of a cereal packet, not outer space), this very kid-centric caper is numbingly mediocre.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
Aliens In The Attic is boring. Not just humdrum but deathly dull, as in stick-it-in-a-rocket-and-blast-it-into-space uninteresting.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Watchable family sci-fi comedy with at least one hilarious and rather brilliant set-piece, but there's never really any sense of danger or jeopardy so it's not quite as exciting as it should have been.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Even though the basics are in place, they've been squandered by director John Schultz - a man who doesn't seem to have the first idea about how to shoot action, or comedy, or anything else.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Children below the age of ten may be amused... Older people, by which I mean everyone from 11 upwards, may notice that the movie runs out of ideas within 20 minutes.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Gremlins meets Goonies meets something stultifyingly inept in a sci-fi adventure for the very young.
Kevin Maher - Times [UK]
High energy levels and some genuinely hilarious set pieces make this kids' alien-invasion romp a lot more fun than expected. It's not, erm, rocket science, but it's a thoroughly entertaining ride from start to finish.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
This is just a giant slurp of cinematic Sunny D, quenching the thirst for instant fun with CGI sweeteners and a fast-acting concoction of other slapstick additives.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
This is one of those once-seen-immediately-forgotten enterprises which avoids anything memorable or imaginative in favour of fast, functional, charisma-free busy-ness.
Jon Fortgang - Film4
Very winsome and very long.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Fleeting charms are largely outweighed by an unexceptional script, a brace of shabby performances (from both kids and adults) and some dismal CG effects.
Tom Huddlestone - Time Out
Aliens In The Attic is a movie solely aimed at children and it does exactly what it sets out to do. It's nothing more than a harmless comedy for kids and tweenagers chock full of slapstick comedy, cute-as-pie aliens and appealing child stars.
Lara Martin - Digital Spy
A pleasant, inconsequential movie.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
There's nothing really new here: it's all sub-Home Alone nonsense.
Jayne Nelson - SFX Magazine
It's one thing that the script has a moronic premise. It's another that the writers don't have anything clever to add to that premise.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Shaula Clark - Boston Phoenix
Most of all, it comes as a bit of a relief to see a movie aimed at kids that doesn't come with the increasingly irritating 3-D gimmick, the distracting vocal contributions of big-name stars or elaborate backstories
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Iyt's a cheesy kids-to-the-rescue adventure that should soar in popularity when it's released on DVD.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Jenkins is a bit too McDreamy to play the geeky underdog, and adult viewers will be nostalgic for the chubby, bucktoothed and truly dorky cast of The Goonies.
Shauna Cagan - Time Out New York
What works best in the film are the special effects, clearly the primary focus as the talented cast gets less attention than the CGI and wire work.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
For the youngsters, it offers a lot of fun -- and it's funny.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Okay entertainment for kids but for adults it is all just too familiar. You feel you have seen it all before in better movies.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Silly teens-versus-aliens adventure is sure to delight kids.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Five minutes into the film, I already was hating these monsters. The kids, I mean, not the aliens...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
a rather an insipid bit of lazy filmmaking
Jason McKiernan - Filmcritic.com
Isn't all that bad...but it lacks magic, and except as a harmless diversion for the youngsters on a rainy afternoon, you can safely hold off until it shows up on DVD.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
As dull as its title is interesting, 'Aliens in the Attic' is far from out-of-this-world.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Small pleasures aside, the movie doesn't offer anything particularly memorable or inventive.
Eric D. Snider - Cinematical
Robert Hoffman shows off his exceptional ability for physical comedy during hilarious mind-control sequences here. In fact, he's very funny in all his scenes.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
What else can be said of a film in which even the vocal talent of J.K. Simmons is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the cast?
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
Lightweight entertainment for kids with a thankfully low level of obnoxiousness.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
I wouldn't recommend this film to anyone over the age of fifteen who isn't trying to relive their youth from the 1980s.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
A surprisingly likable execution of a very thin premise
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
Nealon's bizarre, meandering Aliens in the Attic performance is almost, mind you only almost, worth seeing.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Unfortunately the child actors aren't particularly engaging, and the gags aren't entirely fresh.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Aliens in the Attic is inoffensively mediocre, bereft of subtext and depth but too playful to get terribly bent out of shape about its shortcomings. It could have been a whole lot better, but it also could have been a great deal worse.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Like those mild old Disney comedies of the '60s and '70s, it seems perfectly content with being a harmless distraction.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
It's doubtful that many people will be asking for their money back after seeing this movie. But they won't be remembering too much about it 24 hours later, either.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
There's nothing remotely original or inventive about this Sci-fi comedy in which Aliens bent on destroying the human race invade the Maine vacation home of an upper class suburban family, but the 8 year olds at which it's aimed will lap it up.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine