'The Thing' Critic Reviews

67%
MovieWeb:   8 reviews
36%
Rotten Tomatoes:   162 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    Solves the mystery of what happened to the Norwegian research team that was all but wiped out at the beginning of The Thing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Where the earlier film pulsed with precisely calibrated paranoia and distinctly drawn characters, this inarticulate replay unfolds as mechanistically as a video game.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Phelim O'Neill Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Whatever good intentions were behind this prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 classic, the sloppy execution renders them moot.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Part horror film, part space thriller and all gore-fest, the movie ends up being a lot like its protagonist: a mess of a monster that stretches itself too thin to scare much.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sean O'Connell Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Here's the thing about the new "The Thing." It isn't as satisfying as the old "The Thing." And it's nowhere near as enthralling as the vintage "Thing," which inspired every other "Thing" to follow.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    Dutch director Matthijs van Heijningen and company deliver lean suspense, and they update the Carpenter crew's gnarly alien-shapeshifter effects skillfully enough to remind us why the concept captures geek imaginations.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Miller Village Voice (Top Critic)
    John Carpenter should approve of this reasonably respectful and tough-minded prequel to his 1982 The Thing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    In terms of scares, this old-fashioned "Thing" is better than most new things.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    How can you dial up the bone-deep terror that comes from failure of faith in the humanity of your friends and colleagues if you never distinguish real from cardboard people?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    This version of "The Thing," directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., provides such graphic and detailed views of the creature that we are essentially reduced to looking at special effects, and being aware that we are.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    An entertaining, well-acted oozefest.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    The problem with the new film is that rather than explore the story from a fresh angle, it follows, virtually beat by beat, the events of the Carpenter film.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    It's not rocket science, but The Thing does offer solid cheap thrills for the slick gore crowd, proving once again: Horror doesn't have to be horrible.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    It lacks any sense of warmth. Which might be an odd criticism of a horror movie set in Antarctica, but there you have it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rob Nelson Variety (Top Critic)
    The new Thing, helmed by first-timer Matthijs van Heijningen, nods deferentially to John Carpenter's still-scary cult film while displaying little comprehension of what made it work.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    This movie is basically a sno-cone "Alien" or "Predator" and we've seen nearly a dozen of those.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    38
    A decent cast and a pristine glacial setting are wasted on a movie of alien transmutations and alien dissections that lacks urgency, or even a sense that's its very cold in Antarctica.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    A prequel to a remake, the latest Thing may be set in a very cold climate but it's far from chilling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    50
    It's the horror equivalent of one of those cheap, straight-to-video animated sequels that Disney's always putting out: same title, same story, none of the inspiration.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    It's no great thing, just a better Thing than expected.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    It's full of chills and thrills and isolated Antarctic atmosphere and terrific Hieronymus Bosch creature effects, and if it winks genially at the plot twists of Carpenter's film, it never feels even a little like some kind of inside joke.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    As monster movies go, however, this one is better than the drivel we are normally subjected to and, by taking itself seriously (rather than adding comedic punctuation), it allows for tension and scares.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    After the gradual build-up, for which director Heijningen relies more on inevitability rather than any demonstrable skill at generating genuine suspense, the payoff seems rote and completely out of step with everything that's come before.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    50
    One gut-busting death after another, terror giving way to tedium.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Richard Roeper.com (Top Critic)
    20
    "It's big on the grotesquery but short on genuine scares."
    Full Review » 3 years ago