The Day the Earth Stood Still Reviews

  • The original Day the Earth Stood Still had a paranoid poetry that lifted the audience up even as it warned the world to come together. This one is so dour it just comes off as a scolding.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • After Wall-E and I Am Legend and the dozens of apocalypse flicks since the last Day the Earth Stood Still we can surely do better. Even Klaatu looks bored and distracted, much as he did back when we knew him as Neo.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Keanu Reeves stars, giving the kind of torpid performance that lesser beings can only approximate by necking a hundredweight of Temazepam. The lights are on at the top of the spaceship, but there's no one at the controls.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • A good portion of this sci-fi disaster movie is unintentionally comical. And the parts that aren't funny are just plain dull.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Solemn, sober and efficient, The Day the Earth Stood Still gets the job done and moves on.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • The new Day the Earth Stood Still lacks the courage of its own eco-pessimism, and the final scenes play like a rushed, embarrassed concession to our need for happy endings, no matter how far-fetched.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The problem here is that there are none of the big ideas that have kept the 1951 film in the public consciousness

    Luke Y. Thompson — Village Voice

  • The stone-faced silliness in this new TDTESS at first seems like an homage to old-fashioned '50s watch-the-skies movies, until it becomes clear it's just newfangled bad filmmaking.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Where the original film was unpretentious, this version, with Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, is insufferably full of itself, an X-Files episode pumped up to pseudo-cosmic proportions.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Arguably the worst reconstitution of a '50s sci-fi classic since the ghastly Godzilla remake, The Day the Earth Stood Still is a stunningly misconceived folly that is bearable only for as long as it remains a fair-to-middling chase movie.

    Joe Leydon — Houston Chronicle

  • This movie is as clunky and unappealing as the space-saving acronym being used to avoid its endless title -- TDTESS.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • "The Day the Earth Stood Still" doesn't lack heart. It's surprisingly sincere. No, the human quality it could use a bit more of is humor.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The remake of that fine old fifties alien-invasion picture The Day the Earth Stood Still comes to a standstill about an hour before the Earth does in the wilds of New Jersey.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • All this is presented in an expensive, good-looking film that is well-made by Scott Derrickson, but to no avail.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • In one eye and out the other, the sullen remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still airlifts certain story details straight from its source material.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The original movie's climax, an endearingly corny homily about the necessity of peace, has been replaced by a pointless tsunami of digital effects.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • An entertaining rethink of the 1951 classic.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Neither offensively bad nor particularly good, The Day the Earth Stood Still may be best remembered for the clumsiness of its intrusive product placement.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Despite all the fog machines and giant glowing spheres and TV actors excited to be in a big-budget movie, this remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic that gave baby boomer kids chills simply fails to strike any sparks.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Better to just sit back and enjoy The Day the Earth Stood Still for what it is: a fair amount of fun.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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