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The Day the Earth Stood Still Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Dumber and dorkier than the dumbest dork you know. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 10

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    Wall Street Journal 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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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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 one is so dour it just comes off as a scolding.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The story, an updated version of the 1951 classic about a portentous extraterrestrial visit, feels musty and derivative, and not only because it's a remake.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Sci-fi remake has big effects but no real power.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this drama/thriller (which is a remake of a 1950s classic that most kids probably haven't seen) has lots of urban destruction, as well as some scenes of science-fiction-style violence perpetrated against people. There's some blood and some graphic visuals, such as when a man with broken legs is healed through super-science and his broken legs are seen straightening out. There's also a notable amount of product placement, particularly for Windows and McDonald's. On a positive note, there's basically nothing in the way of swearing or sex, and the movie offers thought-provoking discussion about humanity's relationship with Earth's ecology.

  • Families can talk about the film's central theme: What will it take for humans to deal with issues like pollution, global warming, overpopulation, and other consequences of our industrial-technological lifestyle? Is it the media's job to point out these issues?
  • Do you think most mainstream movies have an issue-based agenda? Why or why not?
  • Families who've seen the original can also discuss the differencesbetween the two films. How have filmmaking styles and technologieschanged in the past 50 years, and what era-specific real-world concernsdo the different films speak to?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: An alien visitor judges mankind's stewardship of the planet Earth and finds us wanting -- resulting in a plan to eradicate human life from the planet. Discussion of loss and death; discussion of the human capacity for change in the face of disaster.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The alien is unlikable; Helen is a better role model, but her character isn't really developed well.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Military forces shoot an alien visitor, with blood spatter; later, people bleed from wounds created by microscopic nano-bots that devour everything in their path. Missile strikes and bombs are rained down on indestructible alien robots and ships, with some humans in the path of the blast. A police officer is struck by a car; several supporting characters are knocked out or suffer pain as an effect of some high-pitched noise the alien technology emits.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false1

    Language: Hardly any -- just one "hell" and a couple of expressions along the lines of "oh my god."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: A good bit of product placement -- the Windows logo is clearly visible at several points, and one scene takes place at a McDonald's. The NASA logo is also visible. Several shots of cityscapes, where advertising for companies like Coca-Cola and The New York Giants can be seen.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two people driving drink beers.