Close Encounters of the Third Kind Synopsis
An Indiana lineman and other UFO sighters finally have documented contact with space aliens.
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Empire

By Angie Errigo
Years ahead of it's time in terms of SFX, it's a masterpiece of wide-eyed whimsy.
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ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unquestionably a great movie.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's one of the great moviegoing experiences.
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90

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Steven Spielberg's giant, spectacular Close Encounters of the Third Kind...is the best—the most elaborate—1950's science fiction movie ever...
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90

Washington Post

It must weather some bummy mid-passage exposition, but the movie survives its flaws triumphantly, evolving into a uniquely transporting...
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80

Newsweek

By Jack Kroll
A genuine work of the popular imagination. It's the first true populist science-fiction film, a blend of the most startling, far-out...
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70

Variety

Steven Spielberg's film climaxes in final 35 minutes with an almost ethereal confrontation with life forms from another world; the first...
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Classic

By Phronc
I know that it is an old film, and the effects weren't the best... but really... everyone must see this movie if you are into SciFi....

great Sci- Fi

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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 8+ Suspenseful, thoughtful alien-encounter classic.
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