Contact 1997

Critics score:
62 / 100

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Susan Stark, Detroit News: Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: Contact is at its most relaxed when it sheds its intellectual pretensions and reveals its media-wise sense of humor. Read more

Sarah Kerr, Slate: When Contact finally comes alive, it leaves you frightened and thrilled and emotionally overwrought, as only a child can be. The rest is pandering. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: The movie's CNN strategy, whereby credibility is measured in TV exposure, proves fatal, often throwing the proceedings into a laughable tailspin. Read more

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Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Contact, which aims for awe, ends up with piffle. Read more

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. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: This is the kind of motion picture that restores one's faith in what can be produced when a large budget is used wisely. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Zemeckis uses special effects to suggest the climactic events without upstaging them. Read more

Robin Dougherty, Faithful to Sagan's brand of popularized science, the film never reaches beyond Hollywood spectacle and sentimentality. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: When it tries to personify the struggle between skepticism and faith in the relationship between Ellie and her theologian boyfriend, it becomes flat and obvious. Read more

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine: 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. Read more

Time Out: Features heavy-handed exposition, repetitive, maudlin flashbacks, uneven performances and endless sermonising. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: 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. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: 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. Read more

Rita Kempley, Washington Post: Contact takes forever to lift off. Read more