The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976

Critics score:
83 / 100

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Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine: Roeg's exuberance and invention are compromised here by a yarn that carries dank traces of Twilight Zone. Read more

Richard Eder, New York Times: There are quite a few science-fiction movies scheduled to come out in the next year or so. We shall be lucky if even one or two are as absorbing and as beautiful as The Man Who Fell to Earth. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: The most intellectually provocative genre film of the 1970s. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Nicolas Roeg's obfuscating style tricks it up, though the film is ultimately an empty thing. Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times: Bowie's screen debut still fascinates whenever he's on-screen, and it's full of little reminders of how much has changed since the movie was made. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: The Man Who Fell to Earth today plays like a movie that fell from the sky, origins unknown. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: What we have here are pieces of a vast, ambitious, complex conception. Some of the pieces are, in themselves, so very good that we really regret they don't fit together. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: The film is a more poignant (and infinitely bleaker) portrait of extraterrestrial homesickness than "E.T." Read more

Chris Petit, Time Out: Roeg, often using a dazzling technical skill, jettisons narrative in favour of thematic juxtapositions, working best when exploring the cliches of social and cultural ritual. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Establishes [its] British director as one of the most talented and imaginative new filmmakers in this part of the world. It's a demanding effort which will provide a challenge. Read more

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice: Undeniably long, Panavision-wide, but of questionable depth. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: Feels like a tedious historical artifact. It's a sci-fi "Days of Wine and Roses" for the arthouse crowd. Read more