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20,961 Ratings


Directed by Ridley Scott
United States, United Kingdom, 1979
Horror, Sci-Fi


A spaceship crew responding to an SOS on a distant planet comes face-to-face with an insidious new life form and must fight to save themselves as it begins to hunt them one by one.

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Alien Directed by Ridley Scott

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1980 | Nominee: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

1980 | Winner: Best Effects, Visual Effects



It may be a sign of how much blockbuster standards have eroded that critics once panned Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi/horror landmark as the epitome of soulless, mechanical junk. Today it plays like an art film — astonishingly quiet, daringly slow, a work of unnerving elegance that (with apologies to John Hurt) takes its sweet time slithering its way into your chest.
October 31, 2016
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The movie’s defining quality is rooted not simply in its thrills or its vivid imaginative palette, but in its slow, patient, nerveless storytelling, so different from the mad rush of images in much contemporary filmmaking.
October 09, 2016
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ALIEN’s innovative, languorously developed, and politically relevant narrative structure is also accompanied by simultaneously punishing and dazzling sound-effects work, romanticizing the harsh interstellar environment with a progressively intense and surprisingly passionate lullaby of humming, clicking, whirring, dripping, hissing, and shrieking noises.
November 16, 2012
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Alien

    You're in the presence of Sir Ridley's faults when, for the first 30 minutes or so, drama and people just blur back into the production design. But that's also to say that the design is as fearful as any of the characters: a vividly complete space-age that's downright chilling to inhabit. Fuck origin stories—this is, and should always be, the terror of what unexplainable nightmares could exist out there. Happy 40th.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Alien

    Not a decade after "2001" and Ridley Scott was already showing the film world what's what (this is his second feature! not his 8th feature oh Stanley K!)Title sequence alone proves Ridley's outstanding ambition. The fact he detail'd everything and hides its 'Beast' for most of the film makes it, to me, one of the 10 best movies of the last 40 years, bar none (yup came out the same year as 'Unknown Pleasures' <3) ▽

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Alien

    40 years later, there remains something about "Alien" that feels totally singular. It is, perhaps, the ultimate triumph of Hollywood production design—gorgeous matte paintings, model work, and, of course, the sleek and sexual terror of H.R. Giger's unforgettable xenomorph. Seeing the 4K restoration on the big screen was a treat, particularly when a newbie in the audience screamed out loud. "Alien's" still got it.

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Alien

    The ALIEN space crew hasn't always been the sharpest tools in the shed. So if you thought the PROMETHEUS or COVENANT crew were idiots— sticking their hands or heads in all the wrong places—well, there was precedent. Beloved and heralded as a classic, ALIEN was never perfect. But seeing the alpha organism (sexy, black, "perfect") following its primordial nature, without delusions of morality, will always be something.

  • Henri de Corinth's rating of the film Alien

    Rewatched for the first time in about 15 years. Still works, in part because it never bores you with exposition, origin stories, etc...the beast is absolute, elemental...everything is implied and happens in the shadows. Delivers genuine suspense in the latter half.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Alien

    Rewatched, this time the 2003 Director's Cut on blu-ray... which elevates even further the production design and cinematography of this gem. It's the introduction to one of my favourite sci-fi sagas: Ellen Ripley rises as the ultimate badass heroin, HR Giger's design work on the alien is legendary... and I freakin' love the poster and opening titles. It was also nice to see all the connections with "Prometheus".

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Alien

    A master study in cinematic space and atmosphere. The suspense and ominous feeling of anticipating the encounter build throughout the entire film. Jerry Goldsmith's score is enthralling, and the heart-beat-like thumping is inescapable. Science fiction horror doesn't get any better than this.

  • Michael Harbour's rating of the film Alien

    While ALIEN is, at a basic level, an updating of THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, Ridley Scott got so much right in making ALIEN that it became the apex movie about an apex predator.

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