District 9 Reviews

  • District 9 proves that there's intelligent alien life in the movie universe this summer.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • In the midst of it all you almost take for granted the carefully rendered details of the setting, the tightness of the editing and the inventiveness of the special effects.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • An entertaining, technically superb if faintly unsatisfying futuristic thriller.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • District 9 proves that sci-fi thrillers don't have to be star-studded or mega-budgeted to be visually compelling and thoroughly entertaining.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A sci-fi-fueled indictment of man's inhumanity to man -- and the non-human -- District 9 is all horribly familiar, and transfixing.

    John Anderson — Washington Post

  • It's an outsider blockbuster, a juicy, bravura piece of moviemaking pulp, and its hellacious style almost -- but not quite -- disguises its shortcomings as a story.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Even in the movie's most conventional stretches, Blomkamp puts things across with terrific verve, using action and computer effects to enhance rather than trump story and character.

    Scott Foundas — Village Voice

  • A memorable, monstrous fable that's consistently gripping.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • There's a wonderfully sly, farcical verve to these early moments, but it dissipates when the script, with its strains of E.T. and The Fly, moves into high sci-fi gear.

    Joanne Kaufman — Wall Street Journal

  • This might go down as the year that science-fiction cinema, despite the deafening crash and clangor of sparring robots, began to rediscover its brains, heart and soul.

    Cary Darling — Dallas Morning News

  • A great example of how fresh science fiction can be when it's not just handed over to the special effects team and then the marketing division. "District 9" is far from perfect, but every frame in it drips with ambition, energy and vision.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • To call this the best shrimp-from-outer-space South African apartheid allegory ever made does not begin to do it justice. But it's a start.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • You don't feel bamboozled, fooled, or patronized by District 9, as you did by most of the summer blockbusters. You feel winded, shaken, and shamed.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • District 9 does a lot of things right, including giving us aliens to remind us not everyone who comes in a spaceship need be angelic, octopod or stainless steel.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • In this summer of gargantuan mediocrities, a modestly budgeted project with an actual idea in its head, and the wiles to manifest it onscreen, exploding heads and all -- that's something.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The backstory beats the hell out of the present-tense plot, a routine affair in which a well-meaning doofus working for the Man is infected with a virus, starts turning into an alien himself, and falls in with the oppressed creatures.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • What is absolutely impressive are the visual effects: the hordes of aliens, the mother ship, the seamless blending of the real with the fantastic.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Socked in with the whiplash action and over-the-top gore is a story that's shockingly funny, clever and emotionally resonant. District 9 is that rarest kind of film, magnificent trash.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • You've seen alien invasion flicks before, and you've seen more than your share of summer blockbusters. But you've never seen anything quite like District 9.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • For science-fiction fans looking for a bit more brainpower than Transformers has to offer, District 9 points the way toward redemption for a movie genre that could use an infusion of artistic ambition.

    Kerry Lengel — Arizona Republic

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