Attack the Block Reviews

  • There could be a few more scares and laughs, but it's a blast to be drawn into this urban ecosystem that is, to us Yanks, itself a bit alien.

    Keith Staskiewicz — Entertainment Weekly

  • This fabulously inventive debut feature, written and directed by the British comedian Joe Cornish, never flags.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • A clever blend of sci-fi and comedy, which pits toothy furball space invaders against young South London thugs.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "Attack the Block" demands to be seen simply because it is a thrill - a pulse-raiser whose perfect construction and pointed wit make it one of the year's most exciting films.

    John DeFore — Washington Post

  • The movie's amateurishly made. But the script is full of little surprises.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Attack the Block strains somewhat to deliver a climactic moral, but the way it slyly shifts our sympathies to Moses and his crew (at the expense of another species, granted) without overplaying their deprivation puts more serious-minded indies to shame.

    Mark Holcomb — Village Voice

  • The cast is splendid, the script quick-witted and the action satisfying.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • An energetic genre ride with social ambitions about race and class.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • It's a doozy, offering tight and imaginative camerawork, electric thrills, and a sharp, twisty script that plays like a social satire.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • An entertaining thriller in the tradition of 1970s B-action films, with an unknown cast, energetic special effects and great energy.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Joe Cornish directed his own script, which suffers from thin characterization, weak dialogue, and a confused ending.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Attack the Block attacks the alien invasion genre with wit, energy and a cheeky insolence that makes it out of this world.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It's exciting, and there is plenty of gore for fans of that sort of thing, but one wishes the mix of horror and comedy leaned a little more to the horror side of the equation.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • Brit comedian-TV presenter Joe Cornish emerges fully formed as an exciting new writer-helmer with his enormously appealing debut feature.

    Charles Gant — Variety

  • A hilarious, slam-bang series of chases and battles that cross "Gremlins" with "Assault on Precinct 13"...

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Boldly innovative while still flashily acknowledging those that have come before - this is a movie that should (and deserves to) foster a cult audience.

    Laremy Legel —

  • It's a mash up of Gremlins, E.T., a stoner comedy and a monster B-movie, delivered with a visual nod to 1970s teen gang films and reflecting the comedy smarts of, well, Joe Cornish.

    Jennie Punter — Globe and Mail

  • Science-fiction buffs seeking a change of pace and fans of British pop culture shouldn't miss it.

    Andrew O'Hehir —

  • An infectiously larky extraterrestrial invasion movie that respects the genre conventions while spicing the brew with distinctive local flavor.

    David Rooney — Hollywood Reporter

  • A low-budget adventure with propulsive energy and plenty of laughs.

    Christy Lemire — Associated Press

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