• Released
  • October 7, 1988
  • Sci-Fi Action
    Buddy Film
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Portland Oregonian

By Ted Mahar
While the whole film is well-made, it has surprisingly few surprises. There are some small ones, but the plot and many details are...
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The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
Eventually, though it happens later rather than sooner, the conventional aspects of Alien Nation overwhelm the novelty.
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Solid performances by leads James Caan and his humanoid buddy-cop partner Mandy Patinkin move this production beyond special effects,...
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Miami Herald

By Bill Cosford
Though there's some wit on the fringes (including splendid use of a Reagan stump-speech line), the whole thing plays a lot like a Miami Vice...
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Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Alien Nation is a sluggish, forced and hopelessly derivative action thriller, sporadically redeemed by the wit of its stars and the velvety...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is simply a failure of imagination. Nobody looked at the screenplay and observed that it didn’t try hard enough, that it had no...
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
There are, thankfully, a few humorous and imaginative touches here and there, but Alien Nation is hardly inspired.
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Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
Alien Nation wants to be "In the Heat of the Night" as science fiction, but it's neither morally instructive nor prophetic. It proves a...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Alien Nation lives out precisely the fate of the alien nation it depicts - both full of potential, both hoping to please, and both...
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Alien Nation quickly abandons any possibility of an equivalently fascinating world for the formulas of a routine cop movie. [7 Oct 1988,...
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