The Thing Reviews

  • Solves the mystery of what happened to the Norwegian research team that was all but wiped out at the beginning of The Thing.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Where the earlier film pulsed with precisely calibrated paranoia and distinctly drawn characters, this inarticulate replay unfolds as mechanistically as a video game.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • Part horror film, part space thriller and all gore-fest, the movie ends up being a lot like its protagonist: a mess of a monster that stretches itself too thin to scare much.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • Here's the thing about the new "The Thing." It isn't as satisfying as the old "The Thing." And it's nowhere near as enthralling as the vintage "Thing," which inspired every other "Thing" to follow.

    Sean O'Connell — Washington Post

  • Dutch director Matthijs van Heijningen and company deliver lean suspense, and they update the Carpenter crew's gnarly alien-shapeshifter effects skillfully enough to remind us why the concept captures geek imaginations.

    Tom Russo — Boston Globe

  • John Carpenter should approve of this reasonably respectful and tough-minded prequel to his 1982 The Thing.

    Brian Miller — Village Voice

  • In terms of scares, this old-fashioned "Thing" is better than most new things.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • How can you dial up the bone-deep terror that comes from failure of faith in the humanity of your friends and colleagues if you never distinguish real from cardboard people?

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • This version of "The Thing," directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., provides such graphic and detailed views of the creature that we are essentially reduced to looking at special effects, and being aware that we are.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • An entertaining, well-acted oozefest.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The problem with the new film is that rather than explore the story from a fresh angle, it follows, virtually beat by beat, the events of the Carpenter film.

    Tirdad Derakhshani — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's not rocket science, but The Thing does offer solid cheap thrills for the slick gore crowd, proving once again: Horror doesn't have to be horrible.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It lacks any sense of warmth. Which might be an odd criticism of a horror movie set in Antarctica, but there you have it.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The new Thing, helmed by first-timer Matthijs van Heijningen, nods deferentially to John Carpenter's still-scary cult film while displaying little comprehension of what made it work.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

  • This movie is basically a sno-cone "Alien" or "Predator" and we've seen nearly a dozen of those.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • A decent cast and a pristine glacial setting are wasted on a movie of alien transmutations and alien dissections that lacks urgency, or even a sense that's its very cold in Antarctica.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • A prequel to a remake, the latest Thing may be set in a very cold climate but it's far from chilling.

    Bruce Demara — Toronto Star

  • It's the horror equivalent of one of those cheap, straight-to-video animated sequels that Disney's always putting out: same title, same story, none of the inspiration.

    Eric D. Snider —

  • It's no great thing, just a better Thing than expected.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • It's full of chills and thrills and isolated Antarctic atmosphere and terrific Hieronymus Bosch creature effects, and if it winks genially at the plot twists of Carpenter's film, it never feels even a little like some kind of inside joke.

    Andrew O'Hehir —

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