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Los Angeles Times:
The joke is in the material; the idea itself is funny and daring. And some time soon, They Live suggests, with grim, knowing wink, the joke may be on us.
New York Times:
Credibility isn't the problem with John Carpenter's They Live... but execution is.
All in all, an entertaining (if ideologically incoherent) response to the valorization of greed in our midst.
The black-and-white visuals disturb for only so long, and while themes of indoctrination and conspiracy prove initially intriguing, the film quickly descends into fistfights and gunfire.
A fantastically subversive film, a nifty little confection pitting us vs them, the haves vs the have-nots.
The plot for They Live is full of black holes, the acting is wretched, the effects are second-rate.