Advanced Search >
Help Me Search

Movies

Weekend Box Office
Film Awards & Top 10s By Year
All-Time High Scores
All-Time Low Scores
Best / Worst of the Decade

Wide Releases
Now In Theaters

sort by namesort by score

Stars indicate the most critically-acclaimed movies.

Limited Releases
Now In Theaters

sort by namesort by score

52 [Rec] 2
xx 12th & Delaware
xx 180° South
90 45365
55 8: The Mormon Proposition
xx Accidents Happen
62 After the Cup: The Sons of Sakhnin United
36 After.Life
73 Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector, The
54 Agora
82 Ajami
78 Alamar
78 Anton Chekhov's The Duel
63 Around a Small Mountain
xx Audrey the Trainwreck
xx Badmaash Company
xx Barking Water
75 Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
62 Behind the Burly Q
63 Best Worst Movie
31 Black Waters of Echo's Pond, The
35 Boogie Woogie
64 Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin
24 Burzynski
xx Ca$h
59 Cartel, The
68 Casino Jack and the United States of Money
xx Charlie St. Cloud
xx Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This
48 Chloe
66 City Island
52 City of Your Final Destination, The
56 Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
xx Concert, The
xx Contenders, The
xx Convention
69 Countdown to Zero
83 Crazy Heart
51 Creation
xx Cremaster Cycle, The
73 Cropsey
73 Cyrus
74 Daddy Longlegs
73 Dogtooth
50 Don McKay
66 Double Take
67 Eclipse, The
85 Exit Through the Gift Shop
74 Farewell
76 Father of My Children, The
30 Finding Bliss
52 Formosa Betrayed
60 Fresh
53 Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema
43 George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead
81 Get Low
68 Ghost Bird
77 Ghost Writer, The
68 Girl on the Train, The
66 Girl Who Played with Fire, The
xx Gone with the Pope
40 Good Heart, The
69 Good, The Bad, The Weird, The
50 Great Directors
45 Greatest, The
76 Greenberg
59 Handsome Harry
24 Happiness Runs
73 Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suess
55 Harry Brown
80 Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: Apartheid and the Club of the West
57 Here and There
xx Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger
51 Holy Rollers
32 Human Centipede (First Sequence), The
78 I Am Love
91 I Was Born, But...
33 In My Sleep
60 Infidel, The
67 It Came From Kuchar
74 Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
79 Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
57 John Rabe
55 Joneses, The
55 Juche Idea, The
65 Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D
86 Kids Are All Right, The
54 Killer Inside Me, The
53 Killing Kasztner
44 Kimjongilia
xx Kings of the Evening
69 Kisses
62 Kites: The Remix
47 La Mission
xx Law, The
63 Lbs.
xx Le amiche
58 Leaves of Grass
72 Let It Rain
69 Life During Wartime
41 Lightkeepers, The
76 Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders
37 Living Wake, The
66 Looking for Eric
72 Lottery, The
36 Love Ranch
83 Mademoiselle Chambon
xx Malice in Wonderland
46 Mercy
78 Messenger, The
47 Metropia
62 Micmacs
75 Mid-August Lunch
54 Misfortunates, The
64 Mother and Child
74 Mugabe and the White African
35 Multiple Sarcasms
xx My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
50 My Name is Khan
41 Nature of Existence, The
xx Nightfall
71 No One Knows About Persian Cats
59 Nobody’s Perfect
72 Oath, The
xx Ocean of Pearls
65 Ondine
59 Only When I Dance
59 OSS 117: Lost in Rio
xx Other Guys, The
37 Paper Man
42 Perfect Game, The
47 Perrier's Bounty
48 Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies
78 Please Give
31 Pornography: A Thriller
41 Princess Kaiulani
90 Prophet, A
xx Raajneeti
67 Raavan
78 Racing Dreams
xx Ramchand Pakistani
xx Red Birds
63 Reel Injun
84 Restrepo
xx Road, Movie
45 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead
xx Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
81 Secret in Their Eyes, The
81 Secret of Kells, The
73 See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary
57 Severe Clear
57 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
52 Shine of Rainbows, A
77 Single Man, A
69 Solitary Man
45 South of the Border
59 Spoken Word
75 Square, The
22 Standing Ovation
76 Stonewall Uprising
53 Tales from the Script
74 Terribly Happy
78 Teza
75 That Evening Sun
49 Thorn in the Heart, The
60 TiMER
64 Tirador
15 To Age or Not to Age
52 Touching Home
33 Trash Humpers
59 Trotsky, The
56 Two in the Wave
62 Valhalla Rising
85 Vincere
xx Visionaries
54 Wah Do Dem
70 Warlords, The
55 When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors
68 Whiz Kids
52 Who Do You Love
64 Wild Grass
xx Wild Hunt, The
69 Winnebago Man
90 Winter's Bone
68 Women Without Men
xx World on a Wire

Stars indicate the most critically-acclaimed movies.

Alien vs. Predator

EMAILPRINTTwentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Alien vs. Predator reviews
29
5.4 User Score:

Generally unfavorable reviews

Based on 21 critic reviews
How did we calculate this?

Based on 192 votes
Read user comments
Rate this movie >

Movie Info

Genre(s): Action  |  Horror  |  Sci-fi  |  Suspense/Thriller

Written by: Paul W.S. Anderson (also story)
Dan O'Bannon & Ronald Shusett (characters)
Jim Thomas & John Thomas (characters)

Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson

Release Date:
Theatrical: August 13, 2004
DVD: January 25, 2005

Running Time: 100 minutes, Color

Origin: Czech Republic / Canada

Summary

RATING: PG-13 for violence, language, horror images, slime and gore

Starring Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen, Ewen Bremner, Colin Salmon, Tommy Flanagan, Joseph Rye, and Agathe De La Boulaye

The iconic monsters from two of the scariest film franchises ever battle each other for the first time on film. (Fox)

What The Critics Said

All critic scores are converted to a 100-point scale. If a critic does not indicate a score, we assign a score based on the general impression given by the text of the review. Learn more...

50

The New York Times Dave Kehr

Between the Predators' dripping their glow-in-the-dark green blood and the Aliens' getting their rubber cement mucous all over everything, this is certainly a very sticky movie, though not, ultimately, a very frightening or commanding one.

Read Full Review >
50

Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

Surprisingly free of gore, unlike its predecessors.

Read Full Review >
50

Boston Globe Ty Burr

This is one schlockfest that may be enjoyed more by casual viewers than by hard-core fans, since writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson breaks with the established mythology of both properties whenever he feels like it. Like it matters.

Read Full Review >
40

Village Voice Ed Halter

With perfunctory battle sequences, cardboard characters, and uncreative scare 'ems, Paul W.S. Anderson's monster mashup isn't quite terrible enough to be so-bad-it's-awesome, but his swift (if forced) plotting and amusingly shoddy costumes mean that there could be worse ways to enjoy air-conditioning.

Read Full Review >
40

The Onion (A.V. Club) Keith Phipps

It would take a true visionary not to borrow from Alien Vs. Predator's predecessors, but Anderson lifts more than most will consider polite, borrowing to the point where some viewers may wonder whether he simply edited in footage from the old movies (or even, at one point, "Jurassic Park").

Read Full Review >
40

LA Weekly Tim Appelo

Make sense? No, it doesn't. But if you manage to endure the exposition, you'll get what you paid for: popping chests. Invisible stalkers. Nicely paced chases through corridors that constantly reconfigure in interlocking stone puzzles.

Read Full Review >
40

The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

The fifth outing for the slime-dripping, shape-changing creatures, the Aliens are looking a little dogged, perhaps ready for the Alien Retirement Home. Meanwhile, the Predator warriors, who never achieved the artistic heights of their counterpart, look better invisible. When visible, they resemble robotic can openers gone berserk.

Read Full Review >
40

TV Guide Maitland McDonagh

A reductive spook show in which a bunch of puny humans get chased around by scary monsters.

Read Full Review >
40

Variety Dennis Harvey

The thing-a-ma-jigs have it out with the whatch-a-ma-call-its -- as several humans scurry and scream between -- in Alien Vs. Predator, the kind of two-for-one dogfight (last repped by "Freddy Vs. Jason") that usually does more to bury a franchise than revive it.

Read Full Review >
40

Empire Dan Jolin

Fans beware - your fave two sci-fi franchises have been stripped of all their guile and maturity.

Read Full Review >
38

Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

It's a murky, empty-headed dive into the depths of the Antarctic and the heart of monster movie cliches that leaves you praying for most of the cast to get killed off fast, to put them (and us) out of our misery.

Read Full Review >
38

ReelViews James Berardinelli

The film is critic-proof and it will find an audience, but it's hard to imagine even the film's target demographic (teenage boys) being overly enthusiastic about the product. It's disposable entertainment of the worst kind.

Read Full Review >
38

Philadelphia Inquirer David Hiltbrand

Anderson gets style points for the pyramid, though. The building - a combination of Aztec, Egyptian and Cambodian elements loaded with sophisticated gadgetry - totally rocks.

Read Full Review >
30

Dallas Observer Luke Y. Thompson

Well, Sanaa Lathan's in there somewhere as the smart and sexy ass-kickin' chick, but it's really all about the monster disembowelments, which happen often.

Read Full Review >
30

Film Threat Pete Vonder Haar

It will end up frustrating fans of both movie franchises enough to make them wish someone more competent was in charge.

Read Full Review >
30

Slate David Edelstein

The first 45 minutes or so is stupefying--flat, disjointed, missing all human connective tissue.

Read Full Review >
30

Chicago Reader Cliff Doerksen

Dumb.

Read Full Review >
25

New York Post Lou Lumenick

It’s often hard to figure out who’s winning, much less care about it. One thing is certain: Nobody is going to be demanding a rematch.

Read Full Review >
25

New York Daily News Jack Mathews

The actual fights between the predators and the serpents are too silly to contemplate. Both shiny and metallic, they look like kitchen appliances fighting it out. That's when you can see them. Writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson ("Resident Evil") has created the darkest, if not worst, sci-fi movie since "Battlefield Earth."

Read Full Review >
20

Austin Chronicle Marc Savlov

This space invaders stuff is, like, so 1981.

Read Full Review >
0

San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

Take a wretched premise. Imagine the worst picture that could be made from it. Then imagine something even worse. That's Alien vs. Predator.

Read Full Review >

What Our Users Said

The average user rating for this movie is 5.4 (out of 10) based on 192 User Votes

Note: User votes are NOT included in the Metascore calculation.

Kevin M gave it a4:
I wouldn't really recommend this movie to anyone, it's alright at best. Some of the scenes seemed taken directly from some of Paul WS Anderson's other movies, like the map out of the tomb, as if he didn't have any new ideas, just recycling.

Herbie H. gave it a10:
This was so well thought out, couldn't of done better.

Charles H. gave it a6:
For an action movie, it's attempts at capturing the honor associated with the hunt are decent, but the plot and acting leave something to be desired.

Allen L. gave it an8:
I thought Alien VS predator had awesome plots and scenes like ,come on, who doesn't want to see predator recreated into the new world of Amazing Special effects? But some parts were lacking and could have been recreated better by a 2 year old in 2 minutes. I give it a firm 8 and no less and no more.

K L. gave it a5:
Exactly as the title say... "alien vs. predator", and that was really all this movie amounted to. I think there should have been more to this film than just two space aliens fighting it out. I think most people of 18 years or older would not get off on the idea of the alien fighting the predator which seems to be the primary selling point of the film... A Vs. P, and most are too mature for that.

Lee K. gave it a4:
What all the critics say are completely true!!! This is by far one of the most pathetic movie ever shown!!!

Accaris gave it a3:
Even the 1999 videogame would have provided a better story than the schlock in this mind dump of an action film. Delving into the depths of teenage boy fantasy cheese that not even MTV would dare touch, Anderson somehow manages to suck out whatever limited potential remained in an otherwise comedic franchise. Ham fisted action scenes involving Power Rangers-esque movie monsters are the order of the day here, surrounded by characters so weak that I started to feel more attached to the fodder crew from Alien Resurrection.

Read more user comments >

Popular on CBS sites: US Open | PGA Championship | iPad | Video Game Reviews | Cell Phones

About CBS Interactive | Jobs | Advertise

© 2010 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use (UPDATED)