Prometheus Reviews

  • 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

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