“When Dealing With Aliens, Try To Be Polite, But Firm. And Always Remember That A Smile Is Cheaper Than A Bullet.”
“A Very Different Sci-fi Movie!”
“Prawns Get Steamed In This Original Sci-Fi Thriller”
“...unknown ... Sharlto Copley Gives A Fantastic Lead Performance”
“Oh My God! That Aliens Wearing A Bra!”
“Are We Worse Than Aliens?”
“Definitely One Of The Best Scifis Of 2009”
“Funny, Yet Serious”
“"A Great Science Fiction Film, With Class, Stlye, Story, And Action, But No Budget This Is A Grand Film, Making Peter Jakcson Himslef Pee With Excitment, Just Seeing His Name On The Poster For Being Part Of This Masterpiece Of Film."”
“Intense Social/political Sci-fi”
“I Cant Believe I Watched The Whole Thing! Its Worse Than The Great Kribowsky!”
“District 9 Defies Many Elements Of Modern Science Fiction To Bring An Offering Both Unique And Captivating.”
“A Really Good Sci-fi Movie”
“A Hyperactive Thrilling Sci-Fi Action Film In The Style Of A Documentary!!!”
“A Pretty Cool Film.”
“Gived Me Shivers”
“Great Take On The Much Worn Alien Invasion Idea!”
“A Terrific Movie!”
“They Are Not Welcome !”
“Oh Boy, This One Sucked”
“District 9" Is The Smartest And Most Original Film This Summer Had To Offer. Its Almost Like The Jack In The Box Of The Summer. You Know Exactly What You're Getting, But You Don't Know When. ”
“The Best Movie Of The Summer.”
“Visionary In Every Way Imaginable”
“Get Ready For A Sci-fi Thrill!”
“The Best Sci-fi Ever.”
“District 9 Is One Of The Best Films Of Cinema History... At Least It May Be. Neil Blomkamp Is Amazing And Sharlto Copley Is Terrific.”
“A Great Film Debut By Neil Blomkamp”
“From The Ashes Of Halo Comes District 9. Prawns And Humans Rejoice.”
“The Best Summer Movie Of 2009. Intelligent Story, Great Action, And No Ice Cream Trucks That Talk Like Chris Tucker”
“Best Film Of 2009.”
“The Ultimate Review For The Ultimate Sci-Fi Movie...”
“District 9 Is An Alien Movie Unlike Any Other Alien Movie. For A Complete Review Check The Film Wall. ”
“GREATEST FUCKING FLIM EVER MADE IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND: THERES A LOT OF SECRETS IN DISTRICT 9, BUT IT'S NO SECRET THAT THIS MOVIE WAS AMAZING.”
“Literally Screeches Through The Sky With Tamable, But Near Limitless Intelligence And Imagination. Its Not This Years Dark Knight. But It Is This Years Summer Movie. Overall: This Movie Blew Every Alien Movie Before It Away.”
“Groundbreaking! Incredible! DISTRICT 9 Leaves You Begging For More”
“... Join Hands---both Human And Prawn---and Give Witness To This Science Fiction Work Of Mind-blowing Art. ”
“A Non-stop Action Packed, Blood Splattering, Obscenity Filled Thrill Ride That Never Lets Up. ”
“District 9 Is Like A Jack In The Box. You Know What You're Going To Get, But You Don't Know When. ”
“Independence Day? Ha!....Step Aside 'cause There's A New Alien In Town...”
“There Are A Lot Of Secrets In District 9.”
“All Around Just Brilliant..”
“Director Neill Blomkamp Presents The Years First Movie Worth An Oscar Nomination.”
“District 9 Proves To Be One Of The Most Original Sci-fi Movies To Come Around In A Long Time.”
“Apartheid Returns Much More Vividly Than Ever Before In This Summer's Savior Blockbuster.”
“Is There Anyone--prawn Or Human--that We In The Audience Are Prompted To Care About?”
“District 9-tastic!!! ”
“Director Neill Blomkamp Has Created The Best Film Of The Entire Summer. This Is One Slam-bang Action Romp That Recalls The Classics Of Yesteryear While Offering Something Entirely New In The Sci-fi Genre.”
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
District 9 is the most exciting science fiction movie to come along in ages; definitely the most thrilling film of the summer; and quite possibly the best film I've seen all year.
Sara Vilkomerson - New York Observer
This grossly engrossing speculative fiction bears Jackson's blood-splattered fingerprints but also heralds first-time feature director Neill Blomkamp as a nimble talent to watch.
Justin Chang - Variety
The movie falls into the same uneasy category as Eight Legged Freaks: too tongue-in-cheek to be thrilling, not funny enough to be a comedy.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
As straight sci-fi action, it packs a punch, once you get past the ick factor.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
In a summer where toy robots and action heroes have rocked the box office and killed brain cells, it's nice to see a movie where some serious thought has been put into reviving a stale genre.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The fresh premise over, the stale action returns.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
It's a grimy, consistently surprising and fundamentally human-centric science-fiction yarn, reminiscent of the dystopian, semi-realistic 1970s tradition.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
As an allegory of racial conflict and mass immigration, District 9 never really goes anywhere: The appealing premise fades into the background before 20 minutes have elapsed.
Daniel Engber - Slate
I, for one, hope the inhabitants of Earth never encounter visitors from another planet because the reality of how we might interact with them could be close to what is depicted here, and that's a depressing thought.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A genuinely original science fiction film that grabs you immediately, not letting go until the final shot.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
This is one intense, intelligent, well-crafted action movie - one that dazzles the eye with seamless special effects but also makes you think without preaching.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
If you're looking for the late-summer special-effects action fantasy with big franchise potential, forget about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. (You already forgot? Fine.) Instead, proceed directly to District 9.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
This baby has the stuff to end the movie summer on a note of dazzle and distinction.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A bloody good time. One of the most original movies of the summer.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
In a good summer, there's usually a movie that will come out of nowhere and completely wow us. This is a good summer, and that movie is District 9.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Smart, funny, touching, thought-provoking and utterly insane in the action department, District 9 is 2009's most entertaining movie by a light year.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Despite its shortcomings, District 9 is an engaging sci-fi romp that features solid CGI work.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
A rocking, rolling action drama about alien castaways that just want to go home, an evil corporation that wants to capitalize on them at any cost, and one man who freakishly gets caught in the middle.
Neil Pond - American Profile
District 9 has the potential to satisfy two mutually exclusive groups of bottom-feeding moviegoers.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Part alien invasion flick, part social commentary, Neill Blomkamp's chilling, thrilling District 9 is a wholly original work. And it features a star-making turn from Sharlto Copley.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Aliens clash with humans in combustible sci-fier.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
Although the film is dripping in satire, Blomkamp is more concerned with delivering a balls-to-the-wall action film. District 9 has more in common with Aliens than Babel.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
The most audacious, auspicious sci-fi debut in years, Neill Blomkamp's modest-budget "District 9" throws together xenophobic satire, political allegory and raucous action in a knockabout package reminiscent of Paul Verhoeven's finest work.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
District 9 is the most original, innovative and entertaining science-fiction film in years and contains the best mix of politics and spectacle since Starship Troopers.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Best when it operates as yarn rather than as social commentary, even if it is filled with logical inconsistencies.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Screw Avatar - this is what people will think of when they talk about science fiction at the end of the aughts.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth