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Alien vs. Predator

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Alien vs. Predator reviews
5.4 User Score:

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Based on 21 critic reviews
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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


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

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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.

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Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

Surprisingly free of gore, unlike its predecessors.

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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.

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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.

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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").

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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.

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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.

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TV Guide Maitland McDonagh

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

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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.

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Empire Dan Jolin

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Slate David Edelstein

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

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Chicago Reader Cliff Doerksen


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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.

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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."

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Austin Chronicle Marc Savlov

This space invaders stuff is, like, so 1981.

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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.

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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.

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