War of the Worlds Synopsis
The extraordinary battle for the future of humankind though the eyes of one American family.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It is, simply, the alienation-invasion movie to beat all alien-invasion movies: meticulously detailed and expertly paced and photographed,...
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Contains all of the hallmarks of classic genre Spielberg: It shows you things you've never seen before, instills an accompanying sense of...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
An attack-of-the-aliens disaster film crafted with sinister technological grandeur -- a true popcorn apocalypse.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
With this genuinely big entertainment, powered by a beating heart, Steven Spielberg has put the summer back in summer movies.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Might be too realistic for its own good: The film takes perhaps a little too much glee in its abilities to manufacture mayhem. That being...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's those dark visions of destruction that stick, even when Spielberg pushes the script to an unlikely happy ending. Great foreplay,...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
For the first 100 minutes of his 117-minute film Spielberg holds the audience in a grip of fear. When Ray and Rachel take refuge in the...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
But expect a logical plot, and you'll walk out of the theater with a host of questions, mostly concerning procedural points of the alien...
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
War of the Worlds pushes some of the right buttons and enough of the wrong ones to make you wish that Spielberg would move on from aliens...
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Go for the extraordinary special effects, by all means, but not if you want to feel good about yourself or humanity. And heed the PG-13...
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By glxy
don't see...

Holy Crap

By aRePa
I never cared to see this movie, even when it came out in the theatre I remember not wanting to see it at all partially because Tom Cruise was in it. I know, a stupid reason. However, I just saw it...

Just gets better and better

By JollyBill
Every time I watch this movie I like it more and more. It's a great movie. And, it has an important message, at least a message that I took away from it this time around. We don't own this planet....

way better than the first

By nocountryforironman
this movie had good action and special effects but the little girl never shut up...

great

By reitzter
best damn movie i had ever seen! i loved it....

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War on the Eardrums

By iysis
I might of enjoyed the movie much more if it weren't for the seemingly constant shrieking of the little girl. It got real old, real fast....

one of the most stupid movies i have ever seen

By mandalorian4u
I loved the original war of the worlds movie, i was expecting something that was the same, or at least close, to the original movie. boy was i in for a shock. the movie was totally different from the...

Kinda cool I guess?

By Cool Movie Guy
I saw this movie and it had some good action parts but it as a little to dramatic!...

Good

By clkmd
First do not be prepared for a happy movie but the plot and cast were done well...

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Rated PG-13 | For frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ Alien invasion thriller too scary for young kids.
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