Close Encounters of the Third Kind

1977, Sci-fi, 2h 15m

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind is deeply humane sci-fi exploring male obsession, cosmic mysticism, and music. Read critic reviews

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Science fiction adventure about a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs.

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  • Feb 04, 2016
    This sci-fi classic has aged well, the graphics still look great by today's standards. But the story was slow and the characters unmemorable.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2013
    Spielberg's best Science Fiction film, ("E.T." would be his best family film) "Close Encounters" trumps all the notions of a typical extra-terrestrial flick for memorable iconography and truly dazzling music/SFX.
    Joshua H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2012
    The way Spielberg portrays these "close encounters" is realistic for its subtlety and the scenes with the UFO's make you more and more curious. It's not like modern in-your-face and flashy kind of action alien movie like Cowboys and Aliens, but more like how Jaws portrayed the sharks: with care and only shows the UFO's when worthy of being shown. Richard Dreyfuss' obsession with drawing and sculpting this mountain that he keeps having visions of is undoubtedly interesting, and it all leads up to an incredible final act. It may not be Spielberg's best, but it's certainly worth seeing.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2012
    Though I understand how groundbreaking this film was for it's time, viewing it now had always been a little dull to me. The conclusion though is a breathtaking piece of filmmaking.
    Graham J Super Reviewer

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