Starring: James Woods, Angela Bassett, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, David Morse, Tom Skerritt, William Fichtner, John Hurt, Jodie Foster

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Produced by: Warner Bros.

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Genre: science fiction

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Review by Xibo Date seen: July 12, 1997
Viewing Location: Secaucus Grade: B
Summary: This movie flunks physics.
Jodie Foster pretends to be a radio astronomer (yeah, right) who listens to radio signals from outer space. As an educated person, with a minor in astrophysics, there were so many things wrong with this movie from a scientific standpoint that I just can't list them all. When the movie isn't trying to philosophize about the difference between science and religion (yeah, right) it actually plays along as a decent sci-fi flick. The special effects are good and the story is okay, acceptable as a "feel-good" movie. If you've studied astrophysics though, it will just make you mad.  

Review by smeehrrr Date seen: February 7, 2000
Viewing Location: The Evil Empire Grade: C
Summary: This could've been a *lot* shorter
I have nothing against Jodie Foster. I think she's a talented actress, and fairly interesting to look at. But you know what? I just don't need to watch an hour and a half of her listening to headphones, followed by a half hour of really stunning astronomical special effects. This film's pace makes a snail look like a fucking greyhound. 

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