100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

The best thriller of 2003 was made in 1979.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

Feels like a streamlined improvement on the original.
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100

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Watching it again reminded me how remarkably the sound engineers did their jobs. Listen to the subtly amplified heartbeat - Ripley's? the ship's? - that pulses under the soundtrack through the last 15 minutes.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Pay attention to the enhanced detail audible in a new six-track sound mix, which may be the most important cleaning job of all; silence and Jerry Goldsmith's score have never twined so hauntingly.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Mostly it's worth seeing Alien, which established Scott as an A-list director, in a theater because his brilliant and often expansive visuals have always worked better on a big screen than on video.
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88

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
Alien, even with some scene tinkering that has left this "director's cut" one minute shorter than its original release, is still one of the creepiest, scariest, most shocking films ever.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
An old nightmare, made shiny new.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The most important features of this "new" version are the digital cleaning of the print and the re-mastering of the sound. There are a few added scenes, but they are mostly insignificant and have been previously seen (at least by fans of the movie) on the laserdisc or DVD releases.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
What's most unusual about the original 24 years later, though, is its elegant minimalism.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The overall effect is about the same -- slow start, then escalating suspense and violence. Today's shock-movie fans will enjoy shrieking at it, and others should skip it. In space, no one can hear you ask for your money back.
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83 out of 100
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