The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Synopsis
An alien arrives to stop mankind's atomic experimentation.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
An entertaining rethink of the 1951 classic.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Just because the new The Day the Earth Stood Still is green, though, doesn't mean it's dull. If anything, there's a lot more mayhem and...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Despite the best efforts of stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, this new "Day" is tired and corny.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Something has been lost in the translation, and it's not just the script.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The story, an updated version of the 1951 classic about a portentous extraterrestrial visit, feels musty and derivative, and not only...
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The original Day the Earth Stood Still had a paranoid poetry that lifted the audience up even as it warned the world to come together. This...
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The film's major action sequences are never exciting, and even the now-requisite destruction of New York feels lazy.
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30

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Dunno about the Earth, but time certainly stands still for a goodly portion of Scott Derrickson's expensively produced but utterly...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
How can this movie not be fun?
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10

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What's never explained is why anyone would do such a dumb remake of Robert Wise's 1951 sci-fi classic.
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WTF

By sherminator92
Ok, I just came back from watching the movie and i'll be totally honest with you. The movie starts out well... Interesting plot. Suspense. You'll be asking yourself, "What's going on? This is so...

The Day My Brain Stood Still

By gegan
I sat there, waiting and waiting, for something original to happen. You know? There is always supposed to be at least ONE wow-factor moment. This movie is a re-hashed direction of tired special...

The Day I Sat Still In My Seat

By Half-Breed
I went to the sneak preview on Thursday night, and since I got free tickets to see it in IMAX, I can't really complain too much. However, I can say that everything in this movie seemed too big for...

This is a full on remake with extras that the origonal called out for when special effects were better

By Dark_Chameleon
This is a grade one special effects remake of the origonal film and was a half slurpy film (Meaning I only drank half my slurpy due to it being so good). Keanu Reeves is fast becoming typecast as a...

This movie was not your typical action flick like you expected But...

By foxasher
Okay we have a monotonous Keanu Reeves that does a great job on his acting part. When I went into the sneak peek tonight of course I was expecting this all out flick that would surpass War of the...

SAY NO TO TREE HUGGING!!!!!!!!!!!

By homeschool4jmj
It's another gay filmmaker trying to get people to waste their money on the environment and his dumb movie. Money needs to be focused on things like the war, medical research and good education. ...

Can't wait to see this sifi

By moviechaser
Is this just a mere coinsidense this movie is being open on 12/12 or the planet X story is being taken advantage has a marketing strategy....

A remake of one of the top all time greats.

By Dizz_Quixote
I can almost remember the awe that I experienced in my youth back in the late '50s when I first saw THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. Although it wasn't a killer at the boxoffice, it has become one of...

What's with all the negativity? This was a great sci-fi movie.

By jtm1974
I don't get it. Did you naysayers see the same movie I did? Or are you just all Keanu haters that rag on any movie he's in whether it's good or not? Because this movie definatly didn't suck like you...

This is my "can't wait" buzz ...

By reviewchief
I loved the original ... so yeah, why not? It had ground-breaking special effects for its day... i'm expecting this one to update to the 21st century - should be a great suspense/romance flick. All...

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Rated PG-13 | For some sci-fi disaster images and violence