They Live 1988

Critics score:
83 / 100

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Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune: They Live is the looniest movie of the season and also one of the most engaging. Read more

Michael Wilmington, 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. Read more

Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer: As a movie, They Live is lethargic. As election propaganda, it's terrific. Read more

Janet Maslin, New York Times: Credibility isn't the problem with John Carpenter's They Live... but execution is. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: All in all, an entertaining (if ideologically incoherent) response to the valorization of greed in our midst. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: 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. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: A fantastically subversive film, a nifty little confection pitting us vs them, the haves vs the have-nots. Read more

Richard Harrington, Washington Post: The plot for They Live is full of black holes, the acting is wretched, the effects are second-rate. Read more