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They Live Review

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

  • 3.0
    52

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Mr. Carpenter has directed the film with B-movie bluntness, but with none of the requisite snap. And his screenplay (written under the pseudonym Frank Armitage) makes the principals sound even more tongue-tied than they have to. [4 Nov 1988, p.C8]

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Live dies around the time Carpenter allows 10 minutes of gratuitous Piper-David eye-gouging, an apparent bone to wrestling fans. Forget the amusing premise; a full crate of magic glasses couldn't make this a bearable movie. [7 Nov 1988]

  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    They Live is, to scramble its most famous line, better at chewing bubblegum than kicking ass.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety

    A fantastically subversive film, a nifty little confection pitting us vs them, the haves vs the have-nots.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    The looniest movie of the season and also one of the most engaging. [7 Nov 1988]

  • 80

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    Has its share of underthought or overwrought moments. The tone keeps shifting radically. It has some silly lines, plot lapses and goofball action scenes. But you can forgive the movie everything because of the sheer nasty pizazz of its central concept. [4 Nov 1988]

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