“Not Really Scifi. Watchable, But Forgettable.”
A tiresome roundelay of lies, lust and leaping paranoia.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Extraterrestrial is a comedy dropped agreeably into an alien invasion-well, maybe not invasion. The spaceship just sits there.
Michael Leaverton - Village Voice
Quirky, but infinitely more interesting than big-budget Hollywood cousins.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Results are offbeat and amusing, but also a bit thin as the whole essentially amounts to one long shaggy-dog joke.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
Guided by director Nacho Vigalondo's understated wit, the story never adheres to expectations.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
A bone-dry and nearly pitch-perfect combo of romantic comedy, absurdist farce and alien-invasion drama...
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
It's easy to settle in for the oddball charms of this tale of love among the ruins.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
Few alien invasion films are this charming, this witty, and this free of aliens.
Anton Bitel - Grolsch Film Works
Extraterrestrial comes out of left field with characteristic charm and unexpected plotlines, but it delights nonetheless.
Matt Donato - We Got This Covered
"Extraterrestrial" becomes a comedy of one-lie-after-another. And, a great deal of it is funny/interesting enough to keep you locked into the story, even as you wait and wait and wait for the aliens TO DO SOMETHING.
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
Vigalondo makes the most of a handful of locations while bouncing romantic farce off a (largely unseen) world-changing event.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
If Extraterrestrial is to explore what might be called Third Wheel Syndrome, Vigalondo needed to bring greater tension to the romantic triangle than what exists.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Never quite the feature most will expect it to be, Extraterrestrial is a charming submission of low-fi scripting, using a colossal development in universal happenings to reinforce the quirks and hazards of love.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
On the whole, Extraterrestrial is slight, filled with lots of bark but little bite.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
If you only see one film this month about characters seeking a friend for the end of the world, this is the more charming of the two.
William Goss - Orlando Weekly
Even though it's not entirely successful, there is an undeniably oddball charm on display.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Vigalondo's interest in the invasion extends only so far as it works to isolate his characters and force them into interaction.
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
Drew Taylor - The Playlist
As comedies go, it's as dry as bleached bones in the desert, but you can't blame Vigalondo for taking another shot at cleverness.
Jeff Shannon - Seattle Times
There is originality, certainly. But Vigalondo teased us with the moon and the stars, and delivered only the terrestrial.
Andrew Lapin - NPR
Diverting trifle of romantic misunderstandings in Madrid, under the shadow of an apparently benign spaceship occupation, never gathers steam nor finds a consistent tone.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
A lightly comic genre piece where not much happens and no one has much amusing to say.
Noel Murray - AV Club
In almost every respect, Extraterrestrial is an exceptional and traditional romantic comedy. It just happens to be set during an alien invasion.
Calum Marsh - Slant Magazine
It is a comedy written for an adult audience that does not pander to an "adult" audience.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
Alien invasion aficionados would do well to avoid but if you're a fan of the comedy of discomfort with a slacker vibe and a hint of romance, Extraterrestrial certainly has charms.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
Extraterrestrial is, in the final analysis, nothing short of a disaster.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A fun twist on the romantic comedy genre that subverts the usual ideas and just happens to have something large from outer space always floating overhead.
Cole Abaius - Film School Rejects