• Released
  • September 26, 1997
  • PG , 2 hr 30 min
  • Science Fiction
    Psychological Sci-Fi
Contact Synopsis
A scientist seeks alien beings after receiving mysterious messages from deep space.
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Critic Ratings

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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Contact is that rare big-budget motion picture that places ideas, characters, and plot above everything else.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Sagan's novel Contact provides the inspiration for Robert Zemeckis' new film, which tells the smartest and most absorbing story about...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
If you sign on, disarmed of irony, for her trip -- I did -- you'll be rewarded with a rare thing that may in itself prove the existence of...
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80

Empire

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Contact delivers on more than a pure visual level, reiterating the idea that greatest progress is made taking "small steps" towards...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Its discussions don't go very deep, and moviegoers with strong religious values may wonder why it comes down for humanism over spirituality.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Contact aims to be a film of ideas but serves too many of them half-baked.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis, may be too long, too self-important and too "Gump"-like to be completely satisfying. But it contains...
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
This film is no exception to the rule that philosophical debate seldom spawns compelling cinema.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
This bloated, self-important and logically absurd movie, made by the director of the equally historically hysterical "Forrest Gump,"...
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
There's a big budget, big cast and big themes about religion, science and life on other planets. But Contact, which aims for awe, ends up...
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One of those you can watch over and over

By SouthCalGal2002
I absolutely love this movie! It's one of my husband's favorites too. There are so many great quotes. Matter of fact, you can pull them up, just search for Contact movie quotes. The beginning is...

Rental Review

By verticalphil
Contact I believe is Pre-Gay Jodie, I still love you, tho I never did believe any of your onscreen make outs. I beleive this movie and give it a 9.2 one of my highest. It;s a top 15. It feels like 2...

Contact review

By Therumrunner5
Cable...

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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Thoughtful adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel.
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