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Overall Rating
4.67

Awesome79.84%
Worth A Look: 12.02%
Average: 5.04%
Pretty Bad: 1.94%
Total Crap: 1.16%

7 reviews, 216 user ratings



Aliens
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by Jack Sommersby

"A Decent-Enough Sequel, Nothing More"
3 stars

Plenty of action and special effects, and a bravura performance by Weaver, but not a whole lot of ingenuity.

Written and directed by James Cameron, Aliens is the sequel to Ridley Scott's extraordinary 1979 Alien, and while I can recommend it I can't do so as enthusiastically as many critics have. Clocking in at two hours and seventeen minutes, it's never boring and packs a fair amount of entertainment value. Cameron, who did the superb The Terminator two years before, is an excellent craftsman with a born instinct of what to look at and how to look at it, and his penchant for staging action sequences is undeniable. He also loves actors, so the performances he gets are a cut above what we usually get in this kind of genre exercise. All of these are evident throughout Aliens. But the screenplay he's concocted hasn't the degree of wit and surprise that graced The Terminator, and after the first two-thirds the movie becomes, well, not boring, exactly, but protracted, repetitive. Unlike Alien, which functioned as science-fiction/horror, Aliens is more science-fiction/action, and because it lacks the creepy atmospherics of Scott's movie the action alone has to sate us, and Cameron, in his desire to give us the ultimate cinematic rollercoaster ride, just doesn't know when to quit. Still, for a while the movie is intriguing as Sigourney Weaver returns as Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of extraterrestrial evil -- in Alien, her crew of seven were systematically slaughtered by an acid-for-blood, virtually-indestructible creature inadvertently picked up from a strange desolate planet where a derelict spacecraft, whose transmission they picked up on, had crash-landed long ago. Ripley managed to blow the malevolent seven-foot creature out of the airlock of the ship's escape shuttle; at the beginning of Aliens, the shuttle, which had drifted through the core system, is picked up by a deep-space salvage team, and Ripley awakens in a space hospital shocked to learn she'd been in hypersleep for fifty-seven years (she still looks the same). Her former employer doubts her version of events, more concerned with the destruction of their forty-two-million-dollar vessel than with the deaths of Ripley's crew; she's stripped of her flight status and incurs horrifying dreams night after night, waking up clutching her chest. (The alien cycle begins with a face-hugger springing from an egg, attaching itself to a person's face, implanting an embryo, which then gestates into a baby alien that tears itself out of its host's body and grows into an adult.)

It turns out that LV-426, the planet Ripley and her crew landed on, has been colonized for the past twenty years with over one-hundred and fifty humans. When contact with the colony has mysteriously been lost, company-executive Burke (Paul Reiser) offers Ripley the chance to get her status reinstated if she'll accompany him and a platoon of Marines to the planet to investigate. Initially weary of returning, Ripley, with the nightmares and reduced to a menial job of working the cargo docks, agrees, and within two weeks she's awakened from hypersleep again with a group of "tough hombres" who don't take their assignment with the utmost seriousness -- they presumptciously chalk it up as a "another bug-hunt" rather than a "stand-up fight." But after entering a heavily damaged, deserted compound they're soon neck-deep in not one but over a hundred persistent creatures, and when their pick-up craft is destroyed along with a good deal of their weapons they're forced into a similar situation Ripley endured -- and Ripley is right there alongside them, going through yet another round of Hell. The ordeal isn't nearly as terrifying as that of Alien, however, even though, because the creature quotient is a hundredfold this time around, it would seem to be. Emphasizing quantity over quality, Cameron doesn't really take full advantage of the hand he's dealt himself: with the exception of a few instances with the blood-acid aspect, the creatures are too easily killed with high-tech "pulse rifles," and after a while we're reminded of how more imaginatively this kind if thing was done in John Carpenter's second feature Assault on Precinct 13, with street hoods attacking cops and civilians in a just-abandoned police compound in a crime-ridden urban neighborhood. In Alien Ridley Scott succeeded in making the unbelievable frighteningly believable: he gave us an assortment of interesting flesh-and-blood characters caught up in the most tumultuous of conditions trying in all their collective might to combat a highly-evolved being that seemed to exist just to kill; and the logistics of trying to hunt down a monster with limited weapons (at first cattle-prod devices, then flamethrowers) accentuated the characters' vulnerable predicament. It was a beautifully sustained work of art -- enveloping from start to finish, unbearably suspenseful, magnificently textured, and all the more of an accomplishment coming from a director whose only second feature-film this was (with the lovely 17th century-set The Duellists his debut).

Aliens isn't nearly in the same league, even though it's very well-made. The first forty-five minutes are actually the best, before any real action takes place and we're left to our own imaginative devices to fill in what is so far unnervingly unknown (which was one of Alien's main plusses) -- just what has caused so many colonists to be overtaken in so short a time? Naturally, we know the answer, but the extent of the details of the unseen goings-on Cameron cannily keeps from us. The gradual entry into the compound, through the badly damaged corridors, ending up in a medical lab with two face-huggers still alive in stasis tubes, all of this is superbly done. It's just that when full-blown pandemonium breaks out we're expecting something more inventive than trigger-happy military personnel blasting away at inimical extraterrestrials. Cameron must have realized he needed something more, so he throws in a nine-year-old girl, Newt (Carrie Henn), the only survivor of the colonists and whom Ripley can be protective of; and because of damage caused by the Marines' secondary spacecraft crashing near the facility, a forty-ton-megaton explosion is set to go off in four hours. Then there's the duplitious Burke, the amoral company man willing to endanger everyone so an alien can be brought back to Earth for the bio-weapons division (as Ripley memorably remarks, "You know, Burke, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage"), which is reflective of the company executives in Alien whose special order was insuring the gathering of the deadly specimen with the crew deemed "expendable." The dandy Reiser, whose previous roles (like his moocher Modell in Barry Levinson's Diner) have been comical, gives the pathetic middle-management Burke an aura of quintessential corporate sleaze. There are other good performances from Lance Henriksen as the android Bishop, Jenette Goldstein as tough-as-nails Vasquez, and Bill Paxton as the tough-only-on-the-exterior Hudson whose machismo quickly gives way to hysteria. But this is Weaver's show. She was impressive as Ripley seven years prior, and she's even more so now -- it's a commanding, superlative piece of work that covers just about every emotion possible and is brought off with aplomb. You can't simply can't imagine Aliens without the forceful Weaver anymore than, say, the 1932 I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang minus Paul Muni, the 1948 Hamlet minus Laurence Olivier, the 1982 The Verdict minus Paul Newman.

To give Cameron due credit, the extensive high-tech sets aren't just hollowly presented as eye candy -- the air ducts, in particular, where the humans can only run half-bent from their ever-persistent pursuers, are spookily claustrophobic. Cameron, with a genuine film sense (that is, for a knowingness for fully shaping his scenes), conjures up some surprises that help maintain a through-line that keeps the narrative drive flowing. With invaluable help from editor Ray Lovejoy, whose cutting is uncommonly acute, Aliens really moves (and James Horner's pounding score drives it forward, too), it's just what it's almost always moving onto doesn't have much pizzazz -- it's, again, humans firing at non-humans, which grows old fairly soon being that we're in the realm of the imaginative possibilities of science fiction. The final confrontation between Ripley and the alien queen has been staged for maximum suspense (though how even this supreme cream-of-the-cop of its species knows not only how to work an elevator's buttons but also what exact floor to select is anyone's guess), but it's an overly long time coming. The 1982 Roger Corman-produced cheapie Forbidden World, the best of the Alien knockoffs, was a mere seventy-seven minutes, and while its special effects weren't always up to snuff it didn't have a single boring scene -- it made every second count even when it veered off track to fulfill its tits-and-ass quota. With the bigger-budgeted Aliens you can easily scratch off several scenes to be jettisoned (along with cutesy remarks and gestures from Newt that aren't any less expendable than World's frequent nudity), with the creatures lacking the primal organic clarity you'd expect (Stan Winston, who did marvelous work on The Terminator with an overall budget of six-and-a-half million, is good at robots but not the kind of stuff Alien's Oscar-winning Carlo Rambaldi brilliantly brought off). Does Cameron deliver the goods the majority of audience members are craving? Probably. But he's gone about it in a cautiously safe manner that hasn't left nearly enough to chance -- he's covering himself with standardized elements that can't get him into too much trouble but which intrinsically limit him as the kind of top-tier artist he proved himself in The Terminator. (Cameron even has Newt inform Ripley "they mostly come at night." Vampirical ETs, James?) More action-dependent than terror-inducing, Aliens is, for all the time and effort that went into it, neither here nor there.

Superior to "Alien 3," inferior to "Alien" and "Alien Resurrection."

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User Comments

10/30/16 morris campbell terrific sequel but i prefer the original 4 stars
4/27/16 Ken It's not just one of the best sequels, but one of the best movies ever. 5 stars
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8/07/14 David Hollingsworth exhilarating, intense and sharp sequel 5 stars
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9/24/10 PAUL SHORTT INTENSE, EXCITING SEQUEL WITH A GOOD STAR PERFORMANCE 4 stars
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10/04/09 U.R. Gay Hicks is so f'in hot! This movie owns all others 5 stars
8/19/09 Jon B Some great scfi and action but lacks the smarts of the first movie. 4 stars
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4/12/09 K. Sear One of the only sequels to a classic that is also a classic. 5 stars
10/07/08 Shaun Wallner Scary Story!! 5 stars
5/25/08 ben dover amazing.pkr more like stevie wonder you blind fuck 5 stars
2/29/08 pkr the most pointless alien. period. 3 stars
10/09/07 breastman Easily Camerons masterpiece and the best of the quadrilogy 5 stars
7/03/07 lotr fan terminator 1,this film and warhammer40k make me rofl at starwars 5 stars
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5/12/07 action movie fan terriffic!!~! one of the best of it,s kind!!! 5 stars
5/03/07 john My favorite movie! I don't care if people don't think it's as intelligent as the first. 5 stars
5/01/07 donovan great mix of horror and suspence 5 stars
4/27/07 Sharlatan pure-classic,this film got me all hyped inside like starwars never will 5 stars
4/25/07 Rob Haney great movie, any knocks against it are from cry those may or may not possess a soul 5 stars
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4/17/07 R.W.Welch Doesn't attain the tension level of the original, but close enough. 4 stars
3/02/07 Russ London Genius, but don't make adverse comparisons with its predecessor if you can't spell the word 5 stars
2/03/07 Vip Ebriega Way better than its predessecor and way, way better than the sequels to follow. 5 stars
2/01/07 AJ Muller Horror/sci-fi as asskicking, unstoppable action flick. Classic. 5 stars
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11/07/06 David Pollastrini great fx 5 stars
10/02/06 Jeremy Davies Incredible movie, far better than the original. One of the best 40 or 50 movies ever! 5 stars
10/02/06 Icarus How could you not like this movie? 5 stars
9/21/06 Raymond Moore Great movie but I would hjave liked to see some of the space marines heavy weapons used on 4 stars
7/12/06 David Cohen Make Rambo a woman and put her in space, sounds like a winner, right? Wrong! 2 stars
4/18/06 Dave Great followup and a classic in its own right. 5 stars
3/09/06 Dk Probably the best sequel ever 5 stars
1/13/06 Perry Mason The first one rocked, this one is a mess. Nice title though. 1 stars
12/25/05 Rob Larmer Very well done film, picks up were the last one left 5 stars
11/25/05 cr my most favorite movie of any genre, action ,great acting,suspense,and a awesome movie 5 stars
10/31/05 Quigley the aliens are shown more in this one, proof that they are what they are: awesome! 3 stars
10/31/05 Wisamane I personnaly thought the first one sucks, But the Sequels ARE AWWWWSOME!!!!!!!!!! 3 stars
10/13/05 K. Sear Best sci-fi film ever. Simply awesome. 5 stars
9/27/05 millersxing Humans acting so dumb in the face of killer aliens, they're really just meat with eyes. 4 stars
9/15/05 Tom Burns My favorite of the 4 ALien films. Great action too. 5 stars
8/24/05 Eden Not visual poetry like the first but still a great epic sci-fi action film. 5 stars
8/16/05 ES The best of the series, the suspense of the 1st, plus the action the later ones failed on 5 stars
8/11/05 Hudsons' Corpse This film will smash you about and leave you for dead. 5 stars
8/09/05 21 Gay Gay Gay 1 stars
4/22/05 Sex-o-Matic RIPLEY! RIPLEY! RIPLEY! RIPLEY! RIIIIIPPPPLLLLEEEE! 2 stars
4/17/05 Cary Gordon Unlike the original this is a great blend of Sci Fi and Action, and it works! 5 stars
4/06/05 Ethan Best movie ever, period. See it! 5 stars
4/01/05 Richard Box THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE . THATS A FACT ! 5 stars
3/24/05 matjaž This and Seven samurai on the same list? Think again. 2 stars
3/18/05 indrid cold Slow start, but becomes very very good. Brilliant, over the top, climax! 5 stars
3/09/05 Los Daddy I want to be a Marine. My top 5 all time...Ahead of its time w/ SE..."Game Over Man" 5 stars
2/28/05 Stacey Gillespie GREAT FILM, HICKS TOOLS ALL!!!!! 5 stars
11/01/04 Dan Game over man! GAME OVER!!!!!!! 5 stars
10/14/04 Lt. Matheus Matty PRETTY DAMN GOOD! 5 stars
9/20/04 Lord Durvok 2 Completely over-hyped, but still a great movie. (Alien was better) 4 stars
9/16/04 Samuel I thought it was very suspensful and very scary. 5 stars
9/11/04 Naturezrevenge Aliens are inspiring. Giger combined all of man's fears into one+ mother. Clever classic! 5 stars
8/26/04 McReady In Antartica I've been hounded by The Thing, but this is just wack! 5 stars
7/27/04 Whatevr I've watched this movie 100 times and its still just as good 5 stars
7/23/04 X scary as hell 5 stars
7/21/04 Patjng all movies should be like this 5 stars
6/16/04 franknutz great great great not as good as alien i think but make sure you see the directors cut. 5 stars
6/03/04 Luke Masterpiece 5 stars
5/25/04 DMF It's pretty good, but c'mon, was there any real suspense in it? 3 stars
5/25/04 Daveman Entertaining, action packed, but inferior follow up to Alien. 4 stars
5/09/04 SEPULTALLICA This and Platoon best '86 movies 5 stars
5/06/04 Alien fan Fuck this pwns! Alien finally on the top 20. 5 stars
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4/25/04 Vicious One of the best ever. 5 stars
4/12/04 tony montana As good as terminator 5 stars
4/11/04 American Slasher Goddess Engaging and exciting sequel to the brilliant original. 5 stars
4/02/04 chad great movie........must see 5 stars
4/01/04 terry exellent best science fiction film ive seen ridley scotts best film 5 stars
3/20/04 Jack-pyschO-Lantern THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE BEST ONE IN THE SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
2/23/04 Whatevr best sci-fi ever 5 stars
2/23/04 Thomas For a 1986 movie, this is just fucking awesome. You must have this in your collection. 5 stars
1/26/04 Boris Smith Kick-Ass Movie with non-stop action...Bill Paxton was hillarious! 5 stars
12/24/03 Joel W. De Sario This is where this series should had ended. How about a prequel about that alien ship. 5 stars
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12/08/03 john not as dense and eerie as the first script isn't that great but a great "shoot'em up" - 4 stars
11/01/03 American Slasher Goddess Exciting and engaging sequel to the classic original. 5 stars
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8/07/03 Alice a great sequel 4 stars
8/06/03 Double G awesome 5 stars
6/30/03 Ken I've seen it well over twenty times and am still amazed at how well it holds up! 5 stars
6/28/03 Dave Hopman Great Sequel! 5 stars
6/21/03 Sammy better than the first alien movie to me..... 5 stars
4/11/03 Andrew Carden Sigourney Weaver Is Amazing In This High-Energy Thriller. Cameron's Direction Is Super. 5 stars
3/28/03 Jack Bourbon Possibly the best movie ever made. Ever. And I'm not even a Sci-Fi guy. 5 stars
3/28/03 Gray hero and villian's being female is a MEANINGFUL part of the story? me like! +kick ass film 5 stars
3/21/03 guy hunt best one of all 4 of them with exactly the right combination of action and thrill. my favoi 5 stars
2/12/03 Monster W. Kung Never been impressed by it. Too much action, not enough suspence. Average, not more. 3 stars
1/04/03 Jack Sommersby Deriviative and simplistically developed. More is not always better, James. 2 stars
12/23/02 3man Cameron does it again. Excellent movie! 5 stars
12/21/02 bangbang BEST ACTION MOVIE EVER. 5 stars
12/10/02 C.reeves a awesome movie,better than the original 5 stars
11/05/02 Vicious Excelent sci fi, excellent horror, excelant action, excelant drama. 5 stars
10/29/02 José the best sequel 5 stars
10/18/02 COF FUCKING AWESOME 5 stars
9/30/02 sdfr this is a roller coaster ride, a first rate action thriller ! 4 stars
9/26/02 Morally Sound The best in the "Alien" series. 5 stars
7/29/02 Tony Fortunato Fucking Incredible! 5 stars
7/25/02 AIDAN WICKED 5 stars
7/25/02 CVJ the best besides the first and maybe even better 5 stars
7/11/02 Andy H. A science-fiction/action/horror movie with oscar nominations for best acting? Unbelievable 5 stars
6/07/02 Jake Close enough to perfect! Memorable characters "Vasquez" 5 stars
5/29/02 Film Guy Awesome intense battle scenes but thats all the movie was. not really a strong story behind 4 stars
5/29/02 Kyle Easily one of the best movies of all time. Wayyy better then Alien, even though that ruled. 5 stars
5/29/02 Movie Expert Not as emotianly powerful as Terminator 1,2 but it's still one of the best action movies. 5 stars
5/22/02 Charles Tatum Dump the damn kid! 4 stars
4/01/02 Joe Schulz Fucking Awesome 5 stars
3/14/02 Rockitman007 This is one of my all time favorites!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/07/02 Alan Smithee An almost perfect action film. Dark, violent, action packed and nihilistic. 5 stars
3/06/02 jack mister james cameron sucks. but thi movie is good. and he co wrote. pretty impressive. 5 stars
3/06/02 Ashley Corpening As inGorrillas in M. 1-note actress lucks out as exactly what movie needed. 4 stars
3/03/02 Shrike Camerons masterpiece of SF action horror is a beast of a movie 5 stars
2/20/02 Xaver Simplistic plot...but fun. 4 stars
1/03/02 Jake Crappy alien eggs and too unbelievable at times. Still a very cool movie. For 80's too! 4 stars
12/03/01 Monster W. Kung One of the most overrated movies of all time. Inferior to the original. 3 stars
11/22/01 travis who says titanic and t2 had more action?love thosealiens 5 stars
10/31/01 Sumixam Easilly best of the series and possibly the greatest movie one liner ever 5 stars
10/16/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Better than the first... Its a James Cameron Classic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
10/09/01 Andrew Carden The Best Of All 3. An Unforgettable Ending. 5 stars
10/07/01 jawsboy great action and sfx and camera work, but it takes too long to get going & isn't scary. 4 stars
10/01/01 travis aliens is a masterpiece 5 stars
9/29/01 Phoenix Simply put, Aliens is a sci-fi classic. 5 stars
9/29/01 Phoenix Simply put, Aliens is sci-fi classic. 5 stars
9/27/01 Xerox I enjoyed the first and third. This was cliched all over the place.It was still good. 4 stars
9/24/01 earlybird3 Aliens and Jaws: the best monster movies ever!! 5 stars
9/06/01 spaceworm So much fun it could give you a headache. 4 stars
8/09/01 E-Funk This is the ultimate action/sci-fi/horror flick. The best of the series. 5 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Nastier, bloodier, bigger, just as good. 5 stars
8/02/01 KC Au Awesome movie! "Get away from her! You bitch!" - what a great line! 5 stars
7/28/01 Steve A sci-fi/action classic, great movie, but it's long and moves slow in parts. 4 stars
7/28/01 Henry Ginsberg Not as good as the original ,but still good fun . 4 stars
7/26/01 Sandy Allan Exploration of feminist issues, and IT ROCKS 5 stars
7/14/01 Gary Durso One of the top 50 films of all time 5 stars
6/25/01 Rampage Damn, this movie rocked! Better than Tomb Raider, and Ripley owns! 5 stars
6/23/01 erik the movieman Could be the film that SCARED me the most! I LOVE it! Hudson RULES!!!! 5 stars
5/09/01 Jake A step down from Alien.. but it is still a great movie,with lots of guns and tension. 5 stars
4/22/01 fifu juist watching it i change my rating a neat movie the original is better 4 stars
3/23/01 Andy Meakin Top film..watch it and forget Alien3&4 5 stars
3/14/01 Sthenno Not as good as Alien,yet the music,directing,Ripley and the queen are the standouts. Great. 5 stars
2/25/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) I must INSIST that everyone see this movie. I'll whoop ya if you don't! 5 stars
2/01/01 jordan NOT better than the first one. very good though. 5 stars
1/25/01 Stewart Ball The best of the "Alien" movies. Even better than the first. Ripley kicks ass! 5 stars
1/19/01 fifu a cool movie i never give 5's but this one needs to have it 5 stars
1/02/01 Msitrab Cameron is God 5 stars
11/13/00 The EVIL Penguin The best of the ALIEN trilogy 5 stars
10/29/00 Big Al blows away the first and is the most intense rockin movie ever 5 stars
10/28/00 Mic If only they could combine the suspense of the first with the action of the second... WOW! 4 stars
10/24/00 Viking The ultimate kick ass movie !!! 5 stars
10/23/00 P. Rodriguez Right on WR. one for the masses yes, but really action sci fi kicks ass! 5 stars
9/22/00 White Rabbit Are you kidding ? way better than the first 5 stars
9/20/00 Jeff good, but not as good as the first one 4 stars
9/02/00 Bruce Loved it!! 5 stars
7/05/00 ste cool as fuck 5 stars
6/27/00 Bioweapons division Great action movie! Very intense! 5 stars
6/17/00 JC Better than the original, also one of the best sequels ever. 5 stars
6/16/00 XXX Almost better than the original! Weaver is fantastic! 5 stars
6/13/00 danilo HELLO?! NOT AS GOOD AS THE ORIGINAL! The action is almost as confusing as Armageddon 3 stars
5/15/00 bullit17 Intense. Thrilling. Crepy. Plus Paxton is a hoot. 5 stars
5/03/00 matt Cameron is the master of sequals. Better than original. Paxton is brilliant!!!! 5 stars
4/16/00 JDC Probably my favorite action film ever. Not only exciting, but emotionally involving. 5 stars
4/16/00 BB-15 Second-best of the series! Cameron's best work. 5 stars
4/10/00 Myself Awesome, but not as good as Alien. 5 stars
4/08/00 Bruce Almost unbearably intense, a great movie 5 stars
3/31/00 movieman Behind Terminator 2 this is James Cameron's best film 5 stars
2/07/00 Kyle Broflovski Almost too good to be true!!! Carnage in outer space? I LOVE IT!!!!! 5 stars
1/29/00 Ripley GET AWAY FROM HER, YOU BITCH!!! 5 stars
1/24/00 Dr. Dolittle a great movie 5 stars
1/10/00 dr.d amazing 5 stars
11/22/99 Jedi15 A sequel up to par with the original. Intense, exciting, and not to mention SCARY. 5 stars
11/19/99 msf6 One of the greatest action movies ever entertaining all the way through w/ great ending 5 stars
11/12/99 Bladder Simply put, the finest movie *ever* made of any genre 5 stars
8/11/99 Japtalian I sure would like some o' that Octurian poontang! Great movie. 5 stars
8/10/99 Ted Wetzel Aliens is a movie that never stops to take a breath.A good film,but the original is better. 4 stars
7/25/99 Krishna Manohar I place this at the same level as Alien 3. Breathtaking. 5 stars
6/28/99 Chris Gianaras Badass adrenaline rush. 5 stars
6/25/99 David Keech A sequel that betters its damn good predecessor. Who woulda thunk it possible? 5 stars
4/20/99 Lucas jackson This movie is awesome,especially if you like to see Paul Reiser killed,fuck him!!! 5 stars
4/13/99 Jon Jackson I like Aliens. 5 stars
3/18/99 Madcap Yeeeeahhhhh, hey MikeF, anyone ever mistake you for a critic? 5 stars
1/25/99 YellerDog "LET'S ROCK!" 5 stars
1/23/99 C Dub Almost as bad ass as the first, but with more adrenaline. 5 stars
1/03/99 Dasha Fantastic movie. Sigourney Weaver is GOD. 5 stars
12/07/98 Shadow Raider The best of them all! In other words, I liked it. 5 stars
12/04/98 Mike F I didn't like it. 2 stars
11/27/98 Mr.Pink Perfect! 5 stars
11/24/98 Ray Russ *THE* sequal of all sequals - including T2. 5 stars
10/27/98 Silent Rob A rocket sled through the nightmare-horrors of war. 5 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo Paxton kicked ass here, but they should have stopped at this one. It ruled all balls. 5 stars
9/26/98 Slabs Cameron makes me cream!!! 5 stars
9/10/98 Bruce Willis' mama. Dig that funky sequel, white-boy. "THEY'RE ALL AROUND US - WE'RE GONNA FUCKIN' DIE, MAN!" 5 stars
9/07/98 Johny Another great sci-fi/action from Cameron 5 stars
9/07/98 BBReBozo I've dreamt this movie. Fucking incredible. 5 stars
8/28/98 Chuck-D Not as good as the original but better quality. 5 stars
8/24/98 {{{OZ}}} Bill Paxton had the best lines in this, still awesome, if contrived. 5 stars
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  18-Jul-1986 (R)
  DVD: 01-Jun-1999

UK
  29-Aug-1986

Australia
  02-Feb-1987 (MA)




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