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Alien 3

action & adventure, drama, sci-fi & fantasy

After escaping from the alien planet, the ship carrying Ellen Ripley crashes onto a remote and inhabited ore refinery.

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common sense

OFF for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Grim, nihilistic sequel in none-too-cheery series.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this monster movie is not for kids. There is a heavy atmosphere of doom and hostility, even without the ravenous, clawed monster on the prowl. Ellen Ripley is surrounded by unfriendly men, who are, in fact, dangerous convicts, described as murderers, rapists, and child molesters, just barely keeping their violence under control with work and monkish religion. Authority figures, when they finally show up, are untrustworthy and evil. The only solution shown in dealing with this situation and this society is suicide.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the setting: a prison-planet of life-sentence criminals who use prayer to stay docile and disciplined, so much so that no weapons are needed. But they are all men, living more like monks than convicts, and not to be trusted around women. Is this a real solution? The finale poses a real what-would-you-do question, when there probably isn't any comfortable answer. You could ask kids why people would find a grim tale like this entertaining? What are their favorite sci-fi movies and why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Ironically, Alien 3 is not a bad movie. In fact -- here's the rub -- it's too interesting to make an exciting summer flick.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: Good acting has salvaged many a poor script in the past, but not here.

- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Rotten: There are a few narrative twists, but not enough new ideas to keep us guessing. In the end, we're stuck running through air shafts and corridors again.

- Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

The best one so far. More blood because they don't have any guns what so ever. The alien is CGI, I liked the puppets better. This one was more exciting and fun.. anytime you throw some sex starved prisoners in with aliens and a rad chick who can't be killed you have gold.

- theylovealexis, Monday, September 13, 2010

3 stars

This film has lots of problem, but it's really not all that bad. Fincher really isn't to blame at all. He did his best given the unfortunate limitations and troubles he faced at the time, so complain about the idiot execs and studios for why this film isn't what it should be. I do have a nitpick about the setting. While I do like it, and think it's not bad. I would liked to have seen this be set in outer space like the others. Still though, not a bad setting ,but the claustrophobic tension just isn't as high. There's still a good and gloomy atmosphere and mood at least, so that helps. Actually, if memory serves me, this might just be the darkest film of the series, which I don't think ios anything to complain about. The effects do leave more to be desired, but I've seen far worse effects out there, The acting is decent, and I like the continued evolution of Ripley, although it's still hard for me to get used to seeing Sigourney Weaver sans hair. Give this one a second chance. It definitely misses the bullseye, but it's no colossal failure, either.

- cosmo313, Wednesday, August 18, 2010

3 stars

The ending was pretty sad. "Ripley" character was really good that she doesn't really stop thinking about others. Not a selfish person and really caring. The story kinda changed a bit. Some things were changed. But it was good.

- 3niR, Sunday, June 13, 2010