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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Review


Essential
Break out the Reese's Pieces and the Speak 'n' Spell - E.T. is back, and he's hungry for your blood!!!

Okay, while this 20th anniversary reissue makes a few changes, it's not quite that radical... but if you haven't seen this film since you were 10 years old (like me), it is well worth another visit to the movie. Never mind the updates and alterations -- it's amazing how much I'd forgotten from the original -- which means the update is just as fresh and exciting as it was in 1982. But Steven Spielberg has been tinkering -- and not really in an obvious way like Lucas did with Star Wars. Most notable among the changes (which add about 5 minutes to the running time) are a repaired and expanded opening sequence, wherein we meet E.T. and his alien family, which is forced to leave him behind when those pesky feds get too close.

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I Am The Cheese Review


Weak
It's Dead Poets Society meets The X Files.

From the beloved novel comes this low-budget, much-maligned affair, a film that has become in many circles the antithesis of the book they loved.

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Review


Very Good

For all the buzz about alterations made to "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" for its 20th anniversary release, the impact of these changes is insignificant at best. With or without them, the film remains the kind of unabashed delight that can make even the most cynical filmgoer feel like a kid wrapped up in the fantasy of it all.

Steven Speilberg tapped CGI technology to give the little hammer-headed, saucer-eyed, smoker's-voiced alien more life-like movements -- most notably in his desperate opening scene dash toward to his departing ship while the government man with jangling keys on his belt gives chase through the forest.

E.T. used to slide through the underbrush as if he was being pulled on tracks -- which he was, and the fact that it looked so fake became an awkward distraction in the first five minutes. Now E.T. rapidly lumbers on all fours like an ape. It may not sound like much, but believe me, it's a vast improvement.

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Movie Review

Break out the Reese's Pieces and the Speak 'n' Spell - E.T. is back, and...

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Movie Review

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Movie Review

For all the buzz about alterations made to "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" for its 20th anniversary...

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