75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
While I wish van Heijningen's Thing weren't quite so in lust with the '82 model, it works because it respects that basic premise. And it exhibits a little patience, doling out its ickiest, nastiest moments in ways that make them stick.
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63

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
The basic story is identical, and when there are fraught, climactic opportunities for the movie to make a gutsy departure, it passes up the chance.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
In terms of scares, this old-fashioned Thing is better than most new things.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The other thing The Thing has got going for it is a welcome hint of dour Scandinavian sensibility sneaked in by director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. whenever there's a pause in the unexceptional antics of aliens consuming humans.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Heijningen doesn't display the instinct of the best Hollywood action directors to give the audience what it craves at the big moments, except for a few gory in-your-face shots.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

The best thing about The Thing, the third - and the least interesting - big-screen adaptation of the John W. Campbell Jr. short story "Who Goes There?", is its closing credits.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
It's an imperfect facsimile, guilty of borrowing too many ideas from the earlier film, and then executing them with differing results.
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50

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Part horror film, part space thriller and all gore-fest, the movie ends up being a lot like its protagonist: a mess of a monster that stretches itself too thin to scare much.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
One gut-busting death after another, terror giving way to tedium. Your call.
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45

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
There are some body-horror gross-outs if you're into that sort of thing, but mostly what you get are a bunch of too-obvious leftovers from the "Alien" stockroom, including a selection of moist innards, slimy tendons, dripping fangs and the like.
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49 out of 100
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