“"Prometheus, Are You Seeing This?..."”
“Ridley's At His Best!!..”
“We Have The Innate Capacity And Capability To Reach For The Stars But How High, How Far Would Be Go To Fully Grasp That Dream And To What Price? Vindicated Yes! Deserving Yes! But Most Certainly, We Are Not Gods!”
“"We Made You Because We Could"”
“Twas A Long Time Ago In The Darkest Reaches Of Space...”
“Who The Fuck Created Me!?”
“A Thought Provoking Film At Is Best, But One That May Leave Certain People Sour.”
“Moviefy Review: Prometheus”
“... Without A Doubt In My Mind, It Is One Of The Sloppiest Films Of Recent Memory Built Upon The Glory Of Hollywood, Profit And A Massive Budget; Not A Love For The Art Of Filmmaking And Storytelling...”
“Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh That's How You Leave Feeling!”
“Smart, Stupid, And A Truly Magnificent Sight To Behold”
“Nice To See Science FIction Done As Perfect As Can Be”
“The Best Sci-Fi Movie Of The Decade”
“"To Those Of You Who Do Not Yet Know Me: Allow Me To Introduce Myself. My Name Is Peter Weyland, And If You'll Indulge Me, I'd Like To Change The World. "”
“The Most Pulverizing Science Fiction In Recent Memory”
“We Are The Gods Now.”
“Prometheus Is A Nice Touch To The Sci-Fi Genre, Even Though It Doesn't Redefine It.”
“This Movie Isn't Highbrow, It's Assuming I'm Not Even Paying Attention!”
“A King Has His Reign. Then He Dies. It's Inevitable...”
“Prometheus Is A Fantastic Sci-fi Spectacle. It Does Leave Some Minor Questions Blank That Can Be Confusing. But With Its Daring Visuals, Amazing Story And Outstanding Performances. Ridley Scott Is At The Top Of His Game. One Of The Best Films This Year”
“Prometheus Is A Smash, A Success. Ridley Scott Pulled The Lever And Delivered Another Controversial Film That Will Definitely Get Better With Time. This Is A Ride You Shouldn't Miss.”
“Ridley Scott At His Best.”
“"Big Things Have Small Beginnings." In The Case Of The "Alien" Franchise, "Prometheus" Actually Goes Back And Presents Something BIGGER And BETTER Than What "Alien" Ever Was....and That's Saying A Lot.”
“Not Quite Alien But It Stands On Its Own Two Feet”
“Avastly Enjoyable And Satisfying Slice Of High-quality Sci-fi.”
Prometheus elicits Alien memories for viewers who have them, but works on its own, too, as a model of a contemporary (and, as is the contempo mode, long-winded) sci-fi horror pic.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Scott's sense of visual scale, which has often produced hectic, hectoring grandiosity (are you not entertained?), achieves, especially in the first hour, something like genuine grandeur.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
When it comes to technical wizardry and sheer visual spectacle, Prometheus unequivocally delivers.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Visually impressive and featuring one or two breakout performances, this anticlimactic exercise too often plays as though it has been cobbled together from archetypes, imagery and tropes from countless other movies.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Watching "Prometheus" is like opening a deluxe gift box from Tiffany's to find a mug from the dollar store.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
With this overreaching Prometheus, Scott seems a bit like David carefully arranging his hair in imitation of O'Toole's Lawrence. He can still mimic the appearance of an epic, noble, important movie -- but the appearance is all.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
What resonates in Scott's graceful, grownup, pristine film is its majestic mind.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
This tale of an interstellar search asks cosmic questions about the meaning of life, but comes up with lame answers in a script that screams attention-deficit disorder.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
If you have fond, 33-year-old memories of averting your young eyes from a propulsive parasite critter, Prometheus might just be your kind of return trip.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Much like Rutger Hauer's turn as a replicant in Scott's Blade Runner, Fassbender's performance may launch Prometheus into the cult stratosphere.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
This is a remarkably scary and eye-popping headrush of a movie, an experience that offers a maximum adrenaline boost at the same time as it engages your intelligence. Don't miss it.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
The movie may be a scare show that leaves many questions unanswered, but Scott's craft earns an exhausted kind of respect.
David Denby - New Yorker
Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" is a magnificent science-fiction film, all the more intriguing because it raises questions about the origin of human life and doesn't have the answers.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
God (or Alien) knows this movie is derivative. But as someone else once said, originality isn't everything.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The plot of this Alien prequel was a carefully guarded secret -- so carefully guarded, in fact, that not even the movie reveals it.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Narratively, it's a mess. There's a through-line Darwinism vs. creationism thing going on that ping-pongs big religious and philosophical ideas, but whiffs the return.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Scott delivers a visually exquisite, unmissable film that demands and deserves to be seen on the biggest screen available. It is also unforgivably stupid.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Prometheus" is genuinely epic.
Tom Long - Detroit News
You're more likely to enjoy the film if you go in thinking less about "Alien" and more about Scott, with his emphasis on images, tone and atmosphere over -- sometimes at the expense of -- plot and story.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Remains earthbound in narrative terms, forever hinting at the existence of a higher intelligence without evincing much of its own.
Justin Chang - Variety
With its creepy caves and yawning space, "Prometheus" is on one level a somber dialogue between man the aspirant and man the mortal.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Stripped to its visceral essentials, the franchise is meant to frighten us and gross us out, and Prometheus rises to that modest challenge.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Ridley Scott means to bring wonder and horror back to summertime spectacle, and Prometheus mostly succeeds in that regard. (Mostly.)
William Goss - Film.com
While I was completely engrossed in 'Prometheus', I felt a tug-of-war going on between the cerebral and visceral elements, right up to the finale.
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
Like "Alien," the new movie derives its appeal not only from stunning, otherworldly imagery but also from the central performances tasked with reacting to it.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
There's definite mastery here, but it's hardly a masterpiece.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
"Prometheus" damn near lives up to the unsustainable hype, at least at the level of cinematography, production design, special effects and pure wow factor.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Prometheus is more interested in piling on big questions than in answering them. It's deep without being particularly smart, although the dazzling design and special effects keep you from noticing that basic flaw until at least an hour in.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Prometheus is a prequel that works as a stand-alone but offers added benefits to those familiar with the Alien series.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
It does supply enough visual spectacle, tense action and sticky, slithery monster attacks to hit the spot with thrill-seeking audiences worldwide.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
The paranoia becomes palpable, and a lot of its impact comes from how dramatic and dazzlingly seamless the special effects are.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
I saw Prometheus without my trusty guide-wife next to me to describe the creepy stuff yet watched every second of the movie. And not once did I jump out of my skin.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The ending isn't squishy scary or deeply satisfying. Bummer. Otherwise, Prometheus kicks ass so hard and often that it's impossible not to be thrilled by it.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Brilliant. Epic. Haunting. Grotesque. Great.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Unlike any of the sequels between it and the original, Prometheus is a horror movie first and foremost, gnawing at subconscious terrors even as your conscious mind attempts to bat it away.
Sam Adams - Los Angeles Times
Making up for the expected nature of some of the film's plot twists is Arthur Max's spooky, H.R. Giger-influenced production design, Dariusz Wolski's fluid cinematography, as well as Scott's moment-to-moment storytelling skill.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
The best-looking stupid movie I've seen all year. It's sumptuously photographed, and often inane.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Many walked into this movie expecting a science fiction thriller in the vein of Ridley Scott's original Alien. This, I feel, was a colossal mistake.
It is easily the most cerebral endeavor of its kind since "Minority Report."
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Prometheus is scary only in the sum of instincts and talent for movie-making that have been lost.
David Thomson - The New Republic
Any lack in originality is handsomely compensated by the plethora of 3D visual treats courtesy of a crackerjack technical crew that creates an eerie interplanetary moonscape that's as epic as it is requisitely foreboding.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
WPrometheus offers hypotheses about the origin of life on our planet that are so well constructed, they make real-life theories about extraterrestrials seem highly feasible.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
The mishmash of grotesque body-horror and chin-stroking existentialism does not always make for the most coherent movie, but it is at least an entertaining one and certainly no black mark on the franchise.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Rather than trying to reinvent the franchise with new tricks, "Prometheus" wants to return us to that uncertain terror that loomed over the 1979 original.
Tim Grierson - Deadspin
Prometheus, as both a response to Alien and its own attempts at philosophical and spiritual investigations, ended up filling in holes that simply were not mandatory to have filled.
The movie wasn't giving my brain much of a workout, but my eyes got a nice buzz. Prometheus is straight-up gorgeous...
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Insulting lip service to 2001 notwithstanding, Prometheus shocks and awes with more than sufficient technical bravura. If only it was as smart as it clearly thinks it is.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Artfully designed with special effects that border on the elegant-there's no other way to put it-"Prometheus" is a visual delight.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
There's a lot of college dorm philosophical mumbo jumbo on top but it all really boils down to, "Man seeks his creator/makes contact/discovers he is a total jerk."
Brian Holcomb - CinemaBlend.com
Prometheus is a welcome return to form for Ridley Scott -- delivering a fascinating sci-fi storyline, gorgeous 3D visuals, and competent filmmaking choices.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
Very few films can create a genuine sense of wonder and discovery, and Prometheus manages it for its entire 124 minute running time ... almost entirely a sensory experience.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
Never quite matching Alien or Aliens for emotional authenticity - but definitely holding you in tow until the final moments. Ridley Scott isn't much for illustrating humanity, but he sure as hell knows how to craft aliens.
Patrick Kolan - Shotgun Critic
It isn't perfect, but Prometheus is a thoroughly entertaining summer blockbuster that is a cut above the rest due to an amazing cast and Ridley Scott, who re-establishes himself as one of our greatest world building filmmakers.
Will Chadwick - We Got This Covered
The film [has] a kind of "been there, done that" feeling.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Returning to the genre that skyrocketed his career with "Alien" and "Blade Runner," Scott has fashioned a fascinating new mystery within his original "Alien" universe.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
Scott has lensed a film that possesses the look of a video View-Master. It's jaw-droppingly striking.
Erick Weber - NECN
I won't say that I'm con-metheus, but I'm not entirely pro-metheus either.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
Spectacular and mesmerizing. Ridley Scott is back in top form, but "Prometheus" suffers from pulling (and relying on) the strings of anticipation a bit too much.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
In space, everyone can hear you try too hard.
Eric Henderson - WCCO.com
Scott has indeed created another sci-fi classic -- brilliant mess that it is.
Richard Knight - Knight at the Movies
"Prometheus" comes off as a really fun movie with knockout effects, a splendid visual design, tense scenes, a playful attitude but ... well, it's a wee bit familiar.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
Ridley Scott retells an old story
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
After a stunning opening, Scott fails to close the deal
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
Prometheus asks a big, loaded question, but teasingly leaves the answer for another mission...and another movie.
Neil Pond - American Profile
For those who aren't opposed to a little 'Why?' in their sci-fi, Ridley offers a penetrating other-worldly adventure like few films in recent memory.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Ridley Scott's long-awaited prequel-of-sorts to his game-changing 1979 classic sci-fi terror ride Alien is not only conceptually lame and badly made, it's actually worse than Alien Resurrection.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
Let's get this straight: 'Prometheus' is not a direct prequel to 'Alien,' 'Aliens' or 'Predator.' However, 'Prometheus' does exist in that particular universe.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The production design by Arthur Max and the art direction of the film are spectacular. It is an awesome feat of visual art.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
They would have been better off channeling their inner Ellen Ripley and pulling the release to the airlock before this voyage departed.
Scott Wold - Paste Magazine
With a few perfectly pitched sequences of sheer terror -- capped by an astonishing surgery scene featuring Rapace -- Scott coils the tension to unbearable tightness.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Scott was so intent on returning his spawn to glory that he mistakenly shot for Alien by way of 2001: A Space Odyssey, making it all the more disappointing when he inevitably settled for Aliens by way of Lost in Space.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
The movie has good acting and a great look, but the plot is confusing and eventually not as interesting as it should be.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
'Prometheus' could be starting something great. While it looks amazing, the jury is out on whether it ends up reminding me of 'The Matrix Reloaded' more than anything else.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
a would-be summer blockbuster of intense ambition and visual grandeur, merging metaphysical speculation with healthy doses of gooey-horrific imagery and high-tension suspense
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Starts out intriguingly as an exploration of faith and humankind's origins. To my disappointment, though, it largely abandons this once the familiar face-huggers and chest-bursters start to appear.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
It's a striking composition that's burdened by frustrating unanswered questions that distract from the greater themes of faith and religion in science.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
It's a gutsy effort but the screenplay from Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof isn't strong enough. I was struggling with the characters from the very beginning.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
It's not necessarily a bad movie, it's just half of a great one. And that's almost more disappointing.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
For all its grand designs and sweeping vistas, Prometheus could simply do with a bit more story.
Ed Gibbs - The Sunday Age
It's like going to the Dalai Lama with a question only for him to answer you with a question.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
If this film wasn't burdened with having to serve as a prequel to the 'Alien' series, it would be much stronger overall.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
The premise that creatures from outer space "engineered" human life on earth is loaded with cautionary baggage. For one thing, it screams FICTION and FANTASY in a context that strives for the appearance of realism.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
"Alien" had great characters, unrivaled shocks and a claustrophobic atmosphere. Prometheus ... looks great!
Christian Toto - Big Hollywood
Often good and sometimes bad and occasionally horrendous as a narrative, but it is never, ever, less than a stone-cold masterpiece of design and world-building.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
...a smart, ambitious, and, admittedly, erratically-paced blockbuster that does seem as though it'd benefit from repeat viewings (as well as a more complete picture promised by inevitable followups).
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
"Prometheus" is a cinematic masterpiece with beautifully haunting visuals and an epic score. Instead of spoon-feeding the audience, Scott allows you to think for yourself!
Kevin McCarthy - NerdTears.com
A hot mess of a screenplay, but extraordinarily ambitious and boasts Ridley Scott's usual arresting visuals.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Crushed under the weight of its own pretentious ideas.
Richard Edwards - SFX Magazine
Beneath the overreaching ambition (pretension?) lies a solidly entertaining creature feature of superior style--maybe not exactly the deep existential examination Scott and Lindelof were striving for, but no small feat all the same.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A thinly-veiled intro to the Alien franchise revising that classic's tagline to suggest: In space, no one can hear you scream, except perhaps God.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
Talvez Scott devesse ter se preocupado mais em resolver os problemas narrativos da producao do que em deixar pontas soltas que justificassem mais uma continuacao.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The tragedy of this Prometheus is that it begins to ask huge questions, and then saves the answers for a sequel.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
(The) parent/child and creator/creation themes (are) pretty deep for a film this pretty. What else did you expect from Ridley Scott?
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Hobbled by a script that largely ignores its marginally implied protagonist, "Prometheus" is a cobbled-together sci-fi movie at odds with itself.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
If you like grandiose space opera, you'll love "Prometheus," especially in earsplitting, visually overwhelming IMAX.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It promises to give us at least science fictional explanations for some of the great questions of human existence, but it never has the courage to answer those questions.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
Its analytical story line is cold and never warms enough to make it less than inert.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
In a nutshell, the best thing about Prometheus can be summed up in two words: Michael Fassbender.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
offers the unalloyed pleasure of fierce, intelligent performances in a piece of commendable speculative fiction told on both an epic and an intimate scale.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
... a major disappointment. 'Alien' fans aren't looking for arty sci-fi or answers to 'the most meaningful questions asked by mankind'; they're looking for something primal, like a cattle prod to the back of the neck.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
Alienation for some, ecstasy for others. Certain to reign as the best disappointment of 2012, Ridley Scott's Prometheus is a work whose visual splendor can't be denied but whose narrative content will divide audiences.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Prometheus is no odyssey. It's more a slog through space glop. The characters are sketchy, and the plot is scrawny. It goes where a lot of filmmakers have gone before.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Tense and thrilling, it's an awesome 3-D spectacle.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Very cold, analytical, and sort of pretentious. Its no Piranha 3D!
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Gorgeous, somewhat baffling, and not altogether unpleasant.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Gorgeous and pretentious, ridiculous and awesome. 'Where do we come from? What is our purpose? What happens when we die?' -- in space, unfortunately, everyone can hear Guy Pearce channeling Sean Penn in 'The Tree of Life.'
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Of all the revelations in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, perhaps the most astounding is that Scott doesn't understand his own work.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
I'll say this much for it -- it's not boring.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
'Prometheus' is not so much a prequel to Ridley Scott's 'Alien' as it is a remake. Fortunately, Scott remembers what made his unsettling 1979 classic work.
Dan Lybarger - Rotten Tomatoes
Ridley Scott succeeds in reluming this Promethean heat.
While Prometheus meets everything required of it to reap rich box office returns, I found it less complex and intellectually stimulating than the promotional clips and videos suggested.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
If you name your movie after the titan in Greek mythology who stole fire from the Gods and shared it with mankind, you'd better cast a lot of light. Prometheus leaves us in the dark.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
For a movie about something as monumental and controversial as the origins of life, Prometheus intentionally is a muted, very unemotional movie.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Religious neurotics will find plenty of blasphemous ideas to complain about, and yet the question of spiritual belief - the elevation of faith beyond reason - finds substantial support in Prometheus too. Take your pick.
Russell Edwards - sbs.com.au
The movie works despite its collection of characters that you sort of want to die.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
The sheer ambition at work throughout Prometheus makes the occasional scripting hiccup a forgivable flaw.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
It's a welcome return of a franchise that had been experiencing a steady decline in artistic and box office returns. Just don't go in expecting the quality or total experience of the first two films. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
I was very disappointed. I think it even got to the point of being quite silly.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
It's not Alien, but very, very few films are. It's exciting, extremely well made and mysterious. It's also, at times, very confusing, difficult to follow, and, bizarrely for a Scott film, has a couple of seriously clunky moments.
CJ Johnson - ABC Radio (Australia)
Prometheus, featuring sumptuous 3-D landscapes and a new Ripley-like protagonist embodied by Noomi Rapace, is an intelligent summer blockbuster.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Rapace is a revelation as a tougher then she seems character who actually "out-Ripleys" Sigourney Weaver's character in "Alien."
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
The suspense and tension keeps you on the edge of your seat. Everyone will come away with their own individualized impressions from experiencing this film. Some may be frustrated by the lack of profound definitive answers and the ambiguity that you're...
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
It's difficult to discuss the true limitations of the film without exposing a wealth of spoilers, but it seems Ridley Scott has already spoiled enough by returning to the realm of his finest work without a clear exit strategy.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Where the goal of Alien was to scare the bejesus out of you; Prometheus boasts loftier, 2001-esq ambitions along with trying to creep you right out of your seat.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Prometheus provides little new knowledge.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
I don't mind that Prometheus raises big questions without ultimately answering them...I do mind that [it] has virtually nothing interesting, insightful or thoughtful to say about them.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
"Prometheus" is visually impressive, so much so that it overshadows the shortcomings in the script by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
There is no tension. Nothing to get you chewing your nails. You know going in very few characters are coming out. The only suspense is wondering if there will be a part two.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
A spectacular and absorbing -- if not exactly unpredictable -- two hours at the movies.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
The "prequel/not prequel" BS is just a way for Lindelof to disguise the fact he either has no idea what he's doing, or no intention of answering the questions he's posed.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
( ... ) cinema-goers looking for physical, stellar excitement might be left wishing for booster rockets.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
While the old Scott would have cooked up an ending worthy of his material, the new Scott at least has delivered three-fourths of a great movie.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - San Francisco Examiner
a grand space journey along the lines of 2001: A Space Odyssey with teeth and less psychedelic drugs. It is not quite what you'll expect, and it's a better film for it.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
It's not a monster movie in the same sense as the original. As the title suggests, the story is more concerned about the right to play God, and the Frankenstein like result of doing same.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Noomi Rapace will no longer be referred to as the original Girl with a Dragon Tattoo after her work here.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
The fact that Prometheus begins with such confidence and brio makes it all the more disappointing when it becomes clear that Lindelof and Scott haven't thought the movie through.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
A visually arresting but thematically drab sci-fi thriller.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Contains the most electrifying body-horror shock scene in recent memory. But the discursive narrative leeches energy from the film, and it only intermittently approaches this level of graphic power.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Maybe we came from someone else, maybe we are just living in a giant petri dish, who knows? I had a great time in the theater, I was in this world, and I find myself afterwards asking questions, what more do you want out of a movie than that?
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
Even though Scott visually dazzles us, the plot is a muddle. And light years away from the DNA of Scott's prior sci-fi films -- neither the thrill of Alien, nor the brilliance of Blade Runner.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
You will believe you are on another planet, visually it is fantastic. I wanted to love this movie but I wound up just liking it. That being said, I can't wait for another one
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
"Prometheus" has the integrity of a serious and sincere attempt, but ultimately it won't please anybody.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
An intense and thought-provoking piece of sci-fi, with enough moments of sheer horror to give audiences a jolt and enough intelligence to keep them thinking afterward.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
"Prometheus" may go overboard on the existential inquiry, but it's still an epic ride.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
Regardless of its box office performance, Prometheus has a long life ahead of it.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
I appreciate a good scare and a good story. Unfortunately, not much of either is present in this script.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
The setup is familiar-the mysterious planet, the slick tunnels, the shocking bodily violation, the broken quarantine, etc. So why is there a gaping hole where the dread should be?
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
One aspect of the film that can't be denied are its visual accomplishments.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Prometheus tells a much bigger story and does it well, but it's missing what matters most. It's inorganic.
An infuriating example of a film that holds huge potential and borders on greatness, but in falling just short of that mark feels little more than mediocre.
Ian Buckwalter - The Washingtonian
If only the screenwriters engaged our intellect like the filmmaker engages our fears, we would have had a new classic, rather than a beautiful, unfulfilled promise.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Recycled Ridley Scott is still better than most of the garbage coming out today.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
Prometheus--like, in its telling, the human race itself--is a creation spliced from the DNA of superior forebears.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
You don't always get what you think you want, but what you wind up with is still immensely satisfying.
Dave White - Movies.com
First, the good news: 'Prometheus' is a captivating experience, meant to be savored on the big screen. Ridley Scott's reputation as a master craftsman is well deserved and he offers up a big, impressive, eye-opening production.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
For all of the things that are familiar and give you an immediate understanding as to what story you're watching as it unfolds, there's plenty to drink in.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
If you keep your expectations reasonable, it's suspenseful and fun.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A return to frozen fear of what may or may not around the corner, amid big-ish thoughts about where we came from.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
On balance, the experience of watching "Prometheus" makes up for the movie's flaws, but you'll still spend a lot of time being frustrated.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
A coolly elegant, tauntly intense contribution to the 'Alien' universe...beautifully crafted and visually striking.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
"Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
With Prometheus, Ridley Scott follows too far behind on the path that he himself paved the way for all those years ago.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
A combo science-fiction horror film and quest drama exploring the origin of our species.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The art direction updates the cold, sinister look of Alien perfectly and the cinematography is beautiful, but actors sometimes have to deliver dialogue that's pretty clunky and obvious.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Visually stunning, wildly ambitious, but ultimately as emotionally involving as the icy core of a dead star.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
This is not a gamechanger. It's a standard Sci-Fi thriller that's done well. I was entertained, but probably would have liked it even more if the hype wasn't so out of control.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
The good news is that Prometheus is the third best Alien movie after Ridley Scott's original, and James Cameron's Aliens. The bad news is that when you're better than Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, that's not much of a compliment.
Todd Gilchrist - Chiller TV
What would you ask your maker if you had the chance? Has humanity earned the right to live? Prometheus' first 40 minutes are a banquet of juicy themes, speculations and inquiries that are ultimately left to rot on the table.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Aping Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," Scott and his screenwriters have designed this towering puzzle to provoke debate, with liberal allusions to gender, race and religion.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Scott never manages to reach that next gear to really make it special. It's competent, but you likely won't feel as if you've just witnessed a modern-day classic by the time the credits roll.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
An impressive epic about the extraordinary vastness of the universe, and the immense puniness of us.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
While I wish I liked this movie a lot more, it simply has too many interesting assets to dismiss outright.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
If you have a dozen engaged and insightful friends who are willing to share a beer after seeing 'Prometheus,' you can talk yourself into thinking it's a fabulous movie.
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush
Anybody trying to tell you this is a bad movie is out of their mind...I say this lovingly.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
In space, no one can hear you having a good time.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
A thigh-clenchingly frightening science-fiction epic as well as a ruminative, soul-baring existential study that's not afraid to ask the tough questions.
Scott's reboot of the franchise is a technically glorious thing...and Noomi Rapace gives a thoroughly engaging performance as a character quite different from Ripley, but you'll probably enjoy the film a lot more if you've never seen "Alien."
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Prometheus, as absolutely gorgeous as it is to look at, doesn't quite live up to the hype.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
This is the kind of bold filmmaking destined to stand the test of time when memories of most of its competitors have long faded away.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Hopefully, if Scott's previous ventures into the future are any indication, Prometheus will get better with repeat viewings.
Peter Paras - E! Online
Not only does the film do enough right to warrant a recommendation, even where it goes wrong is in ways that can stimulate thought and provoke interesting conversation.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Make no mistake, it takes a lot of money, energy, and anticipation to make a movie this bad.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Fassbender's David is the film's centerpiece. Rapace plays the Hollywood girlfriend role instead of a steely protagonist on a messianic journey. Theron always commits fully to every character she plays.
Victoria Alexander - Film Festival Today
Striking CGI, inept narrative.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Our genre pictures are being burdened by a love of lore.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Maybe Prometheus is deep, after all, with Weyland Corporation standing in for 20th Century Fox in an allegory for Scott's artistic aspirations: funding and undermining his ambitions at the same time.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
So beautiful it belongs on the Maxim Hot 100.
Matt Pais - RedEye
As a thriller, it's muddled, and as a Big Ideas movie, it seems to trip over its own double helix.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The not-a-prequel tactic is a failed smoke screen since its strength is the connection to the beginning of a universe. Eliminate it and you are left with just another muddled creature feature with ideas more grandiose than the writers exploring them.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
"Prometheus" is breezy and comely and sufficiently clever to mitigate most qualms, and Fassbender, especially, is wonderful.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
While its vast sets and production values are simply stunning, "Prometheus" ultimately disappoints.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
Dazzling sort-of prequel to Ridley Scott's landmark 1979 sci-fi chiller Alien delivers both remarkable visuals and truly horrific set-pieces.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Though Prometheus follows Alien's story beats, it's a looser and less satisfying story, more intellectual than visceral, and not fully satisfying on either level. But in part, that's because it's trying to do so much more.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
If Scott could somehow have spliced the DNA of the first movie with that of the Kubrickian masterpiece that he just can't shake, then he'd have an Alien that was truly strange.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Questions go unanswered, shocking occurences go unquestioned, and supposedly intelligent people do stupid things.
Matt Neal - The Standard
One of these stories has been shoehorned into the other, and the result is an incongruous blend of thoughtful science fiction and a grotesque horror sideshow.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Master director Ridley Scott creates a riveting ride while Michael Fassbender steals the show.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Even though the cliches are overly abundant, it's gratifying to see Ridley Scott once more serving up aliens in style.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
The list of the film's bad choices is as long as it was short in the original.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
After an encouraging start the film too hastily descends into a contrived jumble of fiction, burdened by undertows of faith, mankind's origins and what it means to be human.
Brad Gray - MovieFIX
It's an impressive accomplishment, but one that is destined to leave some with un-met expectations.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
"Prometheus" repeats many past glories, and its plot is squishy nonsense. But its grand sets and intricate effects are dazzling, and in at least one scene, Scott almost manages to top himself.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Why are we here? What is our purpose? Is there a God? When does this movie get good?
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Scott briskly blends the high-minded stuff with impressive boo-and-goo sequences, ratcheting tension in tight spots and dark caverns. One set piece should become a new milestone in horror, as John Hurt's tummy trouble did in Alien.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Prometheus stirs the suspicion that the creators are no wiser than the audience about what all the scattergun clues and symbols actually add up to.
Hannah McGill - The List
The one thing that stands out for me in Prometheus is the suggestion that mankind's origins are not benign: we are made by violent, destructive forces ... in their own image
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
The astonishing creature designs of H.R. Giger are the stars of Ridley Scott's highly awaited sci-fi thriller that spews horror when you least expect it
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
The ideas it unlocks ultimately are more intriguing than the movie itself. In other words, it's a movie that's more fun to think about afterward than it is to sit through.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
"Prometheus" is to "Alien" what "2010" was to "2001: A Space Odyssey." It's the difference between a masterpiece and a merely watchable revision of that masterpiece.
There's nothing here to match the visceral shock in Alien of seeing John Hurt's chest explode but Scott does deliver a grisly standout scene that exploits the series' recurring themes of body horror and fear of birth
Jason Best - Movie Talk
It isn't a profound sci-fi treatise on humanity's place in the universe, but it is an exciting, visually stunning and often exquisitely suspenseful adventure story.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Has enough tension and jolts to the system to make it well worth seeing.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
Prometheus seems to delusionally maintain that its modest thrills are being enlivened by deeper concerns.
John Semley - Slant Magazine
Big and overcomplicated is so often mistaken for better, when really it's only...big and overcomplicated.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
There's no denying that Prometheus will make for a perfectly entertaining night at the movies -- but we were promised so much more.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
It's aiming to be both an epic space thriller and a spiritual treatise, and watching it almost accomplish both makes it all the more frustrating.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
...a science fiction film that will leave fans arguing, with some dismissing it out of hand and others declaring it a modern masterpiece.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Sci-Fi Movie Page
The film doesn't finish its meal before moving onto dessert; abandoning a satisfying conclusion in favour of starting work on the inevitable sequel. Naughty Hollywood! Eat your greens!
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
In space no one can hear PROMETHEUS disappoint you.
I think the thing I like most about this film is that it will spark many, many interesting conversations. So many people will have so many takes on the film and I am really looking forward to joining the debates.
Danny Minton - Fort Bend Sun
[W]ant[s] to be... ambitious SF drama. [But] somewhere along the way, the provocative speculation and the seriocomic tragedy got lost. Oh, and the characters got forgotten, too. Plus there's precious little authentic drama.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
I wish more films had this level of ambition, along with the artistry to execute it.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
Alien DNA plays a big role in Prometheus, but it's the DNA of Alien that this new movie just can't quite live up to. The less you think of this new film as part of that legendary series, the more you'll enjoy it.
The film is utterly gorgeous to look at. Every exterior and interior shot looks like a painting, rendered in thick, velvety strokes. The CGI is entirely seamless, and, indeed, minimal considering the subject matter.
Paul Verhoeven - The Vine
After delivering a brilliant first half, its ambition seems to exceed its execution, but despite becoming muddled, it remains a visually stunning and wild cinematic ride.
Anthony O'Connor - FILMINK (Australia)
A more elegant and thoughtful sci-fi film than we've gotten in many a year. The 3D is truly immersive, the scares well-earned, and the performances top-notch.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
If you were hoping for deep, dark visuals by Scott in 3D...or a goth take on 2001 and 2010 combined, this delivers. If you wanted a more James Cameron-style action movie, it doesn't.
Luke Y. Thompson - Nerdist
It's great to see Scott back in the realm of sci-fi but it's a superficial attempt to brand something new with the familiar elements of Alien
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
Prometheus is a strongly acted, superbly designed movie, an exciting and at times emetic experience. Some surprises might have been anticipated with a little thought, others not.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Prometheus is a visual triumph and if nothing else it deserves credit for the moments when it does evoke the early scenes in Alien with the same degree of sinister wonder.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Prometheus is atmospherically dazzling in a way that makes your eyeballs want to have a cigarette, zip up their pants and go out for breakfast afterwards.
Luke Buckmaster - Crikey
It's all a bit woolly-minded. Shock horror indeed.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
With a stuttering story, some elements of the narrative struggle to hit home but Prometheus is still generally a success.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
On a visual level, Prometheus truly delivers upon all expectations, with superb creature design and some of the best 3D production work since Avatar.
Leigh Paatsch - Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Prometheus is anticlimactic and terribly uneven: superbly staged scenes give way to cliches and seemingly reasonable characters end up doing things that defy any kind of believable motivation.
Nick Dent - Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Overall it's a satisfying, well-made, exciting, technically top-notch and scary movie.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Beneath the hype and promises, however, it's almost a letdown that the actual film is merely very good: a better-than-average 3D big-budget space tale.
James Rocchi - Boxoffice Magazine
In space, no one can hear your disappointment.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
The fact that the movie was able to recycle the plot of Star Trek V will likely never get the level of praise it deserves.
Joshua Tyler - Giant Freakin Robot
'Prometheus' is a visually striking sci-fi epic that delivers an incredible sense of awe mixed with breathtaking visual effects.
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting
The deep, dark shadows that played such a crucial role in the shot-on-film Alien and its sequels are gone in Prometheus.
Simon Foster - Screen-Space
Prometheus is proto-product placement film - where the product is Alien. The philosophical sojourn, the stirring performances by Fassbender and Rapace, and the sublime aesthetic are severely inhibited by the nods to the Alien mythos.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
In the end, the Prometheus plot is slightly bonkers, but forgivably so, because the characters are so well drawn. And there are enough slime bursts to make Ghostbusters look timid.
Kate Muir - Times [UK]
The well-paced and perfectly structured plot are matched by solid performances and powerfully arresting visuals.
Terry Staunton - Radio Times
Ridley Scott's flair for visually exuberant genre filmmaking saves Prometheus from drowning in its overblown science fiction about the origin of our and other species.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
There are some intriguing ideas embedded within the script - Darwinism vs Creationism, the recklessness of scientific endeavour - but inevitably, Scott's film reduces to a big budget game of cat and mouse.
- Liverpool Echo
the ancient myth of Prometheus re-evolved, the modern myth of Alien updated (as well as backdated), and the story of humankind's place in the cosmos restaged as a search through space for the alien within us all.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
Prometheus will play well enough to the fanboy crowd ( ... ) but there's still a monster over Scott's shoulder. And he's called James Cameron.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
"The keen fan," Scott has said, "will recognise strands of Alien's DNA." The keen fan will be regularly concussed by these strands.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
The nonsense logic rather undermines the portentous tone of the whole thing but luckily, after a rather laboured first hour, the picture gets on with the business of scaring us.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
While it lacks Alien's ferocious simplicity and focus, Scott's determination to see his often loopy ideas through gives his film a single-minded vigour rarely found in pictures of this scale.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
An awe-inspiring, mind-gouging, eye-blazing spectacle of high-pitched disappointment.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
An enjoyable, if flawed sci-fi thriller that's worth seeing for Fassbot and Noomi Rapace.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Even if the plot is full of holes, it's utterly mesmerising.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Scott's Alien prequel falls short in philosophical ambitions and characterization, but in visual imagery and mood, it's a thrilling, haunting, awesome spectacle likley to become a cult phenom.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Prometheus isn't a classic, unlike Alien and Blade Runner, but there are enough quality ingredients to make me hope Scott gets the money to make the sequel.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Prometheus suffers from a near-terminal inability to decide what story it wants to tell.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Ridley coaxes out some memorable performances from Rapace and Fassbender, and keeps a consistent sense of man's curiosity at the bigger evolution picture... The rest is open to interpretation.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Scott's most well-rounded and accomplished feature since his classic Blade Runner thirty years ago. Seek it out for yourself and again remember that imaginative, daring sci-fi is out there for the finding.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Buffeted by a lack of suspense, threadbare characters, and a very poor script, the stunning visuals, gloopy madness, and sterling Fassbenderiness can't prevent Prometheus feeling like Alien's poor relation.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
Not as frightening as Alien, not as thrilling as Aliens, but a 3D sci-fi blockbuster that's easily the saga's most spectacular entry.
Jonathan Crocker - Total Film
The best film of the summer so far.
David Poland - Movie City News
Prometheus is a great ride - best taken without too much foreknowledge, by the way.
David Sexton - This is London
Not only does Prometheus herald the rebirth of Alien, it breaths life back into intelligent sci-fi.
Grant Rollings - Sun Online
It's something to gorge on hungrily all the same: majestic to look at in every way, and wild enough that many of the opening-night crowd -- this viewer included -- will be right back for seconds.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Ridley Scott has counter-evolved his 1979 classic Alien into something more grandiose, more elaborate - but less interesting.
Should thrill, challenge and provoke audiences ready for [Scott's] signature brand of intelligent and visceral film-making.
Mark Adams - Screen International