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Skyline Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Aliens: 1, People: 0 Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

Brains not included. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 12

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Just plain bad. Boring. Unwatchable.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Beyond the dazzling "first contact" sequences seen in the trailers, Skyline is a spasmodic and incoherent shambles hampered by an astoundingly stupid screenplay.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Their (The Brothers Strause) effects are pretty good, on a fairly limited budget. And that's about all you can say for Skyline.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Adam Markovitz

    Basically a nifty VFX reel in search of a plot.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Deadly dull alien attack movie has scary, gross effects.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this alien invasion movie has a lot in common with movies like War of the Worlds, Cloverfield, and Independence Day (though it's a lot duller). There are plenty of scary/violent scenes as giant spaceships capture hordes of humans, sucking them up through the sky, and, later, as monstrous aliens eat them. There are also lots of gross special effects, as well as some fighting, military-style action, and guns. Language includes several uses of "s--t," and there are some sexual situations (including implied oral sex) and some drinking.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Was it scary? Why are some kinds of action/violence exciting, while other types are frightening?
  • What do the aliens want? How do they go about getting it? Is there any way that their behavior resembles that of humans?
  • Could Jarrod be considered the hero of this story? What makes him heroic? What are his non-heroic traits?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Aliens attack, randomly, out of nowhere, interrupting the lives and plans of several young adults. The humans want to survive, but they have no real idea how. They try to overcome this major challenge, but nothing they do -- and nothing anyone else does -- has any real effect.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: East Coasters Jarrod and Elaine are presented as more admirable than the "soulless" Los Angeles residents, who are generally depicted as liars, cheaters, and not very nice. Jarrod is protective of Elaine, but his attempts to rescue the group usually come to nothing -- and he becomes less trusthworthy later on as events progress. The women usually look to the men for help.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Scary images of humans being abducted into alien spaceships; black veins begin to appear on human victims, and eyeballs turn white. Lots of gross creature effects, such as slime and brains. Giant aliens grab and "eat" humans. A character attacks an alien brain with an ax. Guns are pulled. Jet planes engage in a dogfight with alien ships, and missiles are fired. A character kills himself in a gas explosion in an effort to take out some of the monsters. Lots of arguing.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A man and a woman have implied sex in a bathroom at a party; cheating is suggested. At a party, people spy on the neighbors, and there's some implied oral sex. Girls in bikinis are seen near a swimming pool. The hero's girlfriend is pregnant; there's some discussion around this.

  • language false3

    Language: Several uses of "s--t," plus "oh my God," "hell," "damn," "son of a bitch," "ass," and "goddamn.,"

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters (young adults) drink lots of hard liquor during a birthday party.