San Francisco Chronicle

Every now and then, a film comes along that both defies and compels description. District 9 is one such movie: a science-fiction action vehicle so brilliantly and fully imagined that real life, when it resumes after the credits, arrives with a new sense of dread.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
No true fan of science fiction -- or, for that matter, cinema -- can help but thrill to the action, high stakes and suspense built around a very original chase movie.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Madly original, cheekily political, altogether exciting District 9.
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Grabs you by the eyeballs from the very first frame.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This baby has the stuff to end the movie summer on a note of dazzle and distinction.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
With its clever faux documentary style, this is the most imaginative science-fiction movie to come along in years.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A memorable, monstrous fable that's consistently gripping.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The last time I felt the sort of outrageously kinetic action-movie high District 9 delivers, it was 1981 and George Miller, Mel Gibson, and "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" had just come roaring out of Australia.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There is a lot of shield-your-eyes ickiness in District 9, a lot of violence and gore. What there is not a lot of, however, is humanity - even in the film's depiction of the inhumanity humans are capable of.
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Wall Street Journal

There's a wonderfully sly, farcical verve to these early moments, but it dissipates when the script, with its strains of "E.T." and "The Fly," moves into high sci-fi gear.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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