Bosley Crowther - New York Times
The film has more frissons than most of today's mega-budget productions, simply because it has the grace to construct a meaningful situation and coherent characters.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
The resourcefulness shown in building the plot groundwork is lacking as the yarn gets into full swing. Cast members, headed by Margaret Sheridan and Kenneth Tobey, fail to communicate any real terror.
Variety Staff - Variety
It's still a very harrowing and action packed horror film...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Perhaps the most famous shot of the movie is also one of head-slapping irrelevance.
Rob Humanick - Suite101.com
Lively science fiction film, with dubious politics.
Michael E. Grost - Classic Film and Television
A solid, workmanlike film that holds up better than one would expect.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
classic, though it didn't impress me really that much
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
A perfect popcorn movie.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Rather than Nyby, producer Howard Hawks is often credited for the direction of this sci-fi landmark, which features Hollywood's first space-age monster in a decade invaded by Cold War-era aliens.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Howard Hawks only produced this classic scary sci-fi feature, but it has his signature touches all over it: overlapping dialogue, smooth storytelling, compressed time and space.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
All-time classic sci-fi still packs creepy wallop.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
This taut and entertaining thriller is to The Day the Earth Stood Still what Alien is to Star Trek, or the Rolling Stones to the Beatles.
Mark Bourne - DVDJournal.com
The overall message of The Thing emerges as distinctly hawkish. Reactionary or not, though, it's still a masterpiece.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The conflict between Hendry and Carrington is one between Force and Reason, and represents a debate over whether America should cope with its Soviet adversaries through military confrontation or intellectual and diplomatic study.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
The Thing today is probably best viewed as a historical document, its shock value having been diminished through time and repetition.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Doesn't pale in comparison to John Carpenter's The Thing so much as offer a respectable podling alternative.
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Classic sci-fi. One of the very best.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Alan Simpson - Sex Gore Mutants
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
[In the growing] cycle of films dealing with interplanetary travel, communications or warfare, each succeeding entry endeavors to outpass its predecessors in drawing on fantasy and the imagination. It follows, then, that this is by far the most fanciful.
- Boxoffice Magazine
This is one of the better science-fiction cheapie films...
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Watching this movie one cannot help but marvel at what had passed as scary back in 1951.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page