'Contact' Critic Reviews

75%
MovieWeb:   0 reviews
63%
Rotten Tomatoes:   63 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Full Review » 17 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Contact is at its most relaxed when it sheds its intellectual pretensions and reveals its media-wise sense of humor.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    For an aspiring ultimate trip, Contact has a flimsy dramatic grip.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Begins with a big bang, gradually falls into a lull and finally succumbs to entropy.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Contact takes forever to lift off.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    While the movie doesn't qualify as an awful waste of space by any means, it has so many creative black holes, you'll have to weigh the entertainment odds before making this journey.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Zemeckis uses special effects to suggest the climactic events without upstaging them.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie's CNN strategy, whereby credibility is measured in TV exposure, proves fatal, often throwing the proceedings into a laughable tailspin.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    100
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Like Jodie Foster's hopeful space voyager in the picture, "Contact" may not travel quite as far as it hopes to go, but the trip is worth taking nonetheless.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Contact, which aims for awe, ends up with piffle.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Robin Dougherty Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Faithful to Sagan's brand of popularized science, the film never reaches beyond Hollywood spectacle and sentimentality.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Sarah Kerr Slate (Top Critic)
    When Contact finally comes alive, it leaves you frightened and thrilled and emotionally overwrought, as only a child can be. The rest is pandering.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    100
    This is the kind of motion picture that restores one's faith in what can be produced when a large budget is used wisely.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Richard Schickel TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Something like one of those mysterious asteroids that get the astronomers all worked up: a large body of gaseous matter surrounding a relatively small core of solid substance.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    An exhilarating adventure.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Newsweek
    When it's good, it's very good. And when it's not, it can be as silly and self-important as a bad '50s sci-fi movie.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Common Sense Media
    60
    Thoughtful adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Pablo Villaca Cinema em Cena
    100
    Uma ficcao cientifica que confere peso semelhante aos dois termos do genero: se sua narrativa ficcional e intrigante e bem desenvolvida, sua ciencia jamais se entrega ao implausivel.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John J. Puccio DVDTown.com
    80
    ...one of the best pure science-fiction films since 2001.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis
    80
    ...one of the best pure science-fiction films since 2001.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rob Nelson City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
    No wonder the astronomer's philosophy of contact boils down to this: Don't call me, I'll call you.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Sean Axmaker Turner Classic Movies Online
    With all the science and technology, Zemeckis and the writers made room for spiritual debates (some of them painfully slight), political commentary, and a strangely tepid and inert romance...
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    100
    Magical, captivating entertainment.
    Full Review » 7 years ago