The Thing Synopsis
A polar research station is invaded by an alien life form.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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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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...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
One gut-busting death after another, terror giving way to tedium. Your call.
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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...
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By Muvie Reviewer
Loved the original back in 82' with Kurt Russell. I was skeptical in seeing this version of "The Thing" as many remakes are either hit or miss, mainly misses, but I was not disappointed. The 2011...

Ultimate Prequel

By topherkinelo
First and Foremost, if you are not a Science Fiction/Horror fan, then stay home. You will not like the movie. For the rest of us, I can honestly say that this Prequel weaves perfectly into the John...

A Pretty Good Remake

By itskuh
I was pleasantly surprised by this film. I'm a fan of the horror genre and of the original version of The Thing, The plot development was never lagging and moved at a good pace. Obviously as a...

More suspenseful then it was scary

By ljp_86
I did not have nightmares but the movie had me trying to guess what was going to happen next. You did not know who was going to be next or who already "got-got". Graphics were nice! This was a type...

Great Prequel

By T-RockVa
Even if you didnt see the first movie go see this one and then rent the the other. This movie is full of suspense and action and does a great job setting the stage for the 1982 version....

Where it all began

By briluna
Let me start off by saying how that I a huge fan of the remake by John Carpenter and this film does not let you down. The female lead is strong and tough but not by Hollywood conventions. She reminds...


By ronarobey
I didn't know it was a prequel when my wife and I went. Gret effects and a solid story line. Stay through the end credits for a nice segway in to the next movie. When it comes out on DVD, I'll be...

Its worth the bucks

By mtclark31
The original "The Thing" is one of my all time favorite movies. So I went in expecting it to be a slow story build up with a few twist on the original to try and scary me. Boy! was I wrong, right...

Not bad but ultimately unnecessary

By alacran79
When I originally heard they were going to do a reboot/prequel to John Carpenters The Thing, I immediately had reservations. I know I may sound like a horror fan who's pining for the good ol days,...

a great movie

By erinmome2se
was scary, funny and effects were very cool , it explained a lot and even though we knew the ending by watching the 2nd thing we were still surprised by the ending....

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Rated R | For Strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images and language
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