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It Came From Outer Space

horror, sci-fi & fantasy


Amateur astronomer John Putnam (Richard Carlson) and his fiancée Ellen Fields (Barbara Rush) are stargazing in the desert when a spaceship bursts from the sky and crashes to the ground.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    81%
  • Audience Score
    53%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Merely mildly diverting, not stupendous.

- A.H. Weiler, New York Times, Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Fresh:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The 3-D process leaves the image somewhat murky, but you can discern sparks of authentic pulp poetry throughout.

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

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Now this is a pretty good Chiller Theater / Drive In Movie, one that has gotten by me all these years. Put out by Universal Pictures International it ranks as high as any SCi Fi Film from the fifties that I have ever seen. Brian Kerwin plays Jack Putnam who see's what at first he thinks is a meteor but turns out to be a UFO that has landed on earth, when he goes to the crash site he thinks he sees invaders from another planet. So starts the story where no one believes him, but the invaders are taking over the appearances of towns folks. A good old black and white worth 4 stars.

- bbcfloridabound, Thursday, September 29, 2011

3 stars

I love old 50's sci-fi movies. This is a good one although I've never understood why Kathleen Hughes was on the posters, she's in it for 30 seconds and her character never encounters an Alien! Never mind, this is a good film, directed by the brilliant Jack Arnold.

- SirPant, Thursday, October 1, 2009

3 stars

Classic monster flick penned by Ray Bradbury that's a cut above the usual 50s sci-fi fare. Strange how all scientists in the 50s were perfectly coiffed square-jawed americans in zoot suits...

- garyX, Sunday, April 8, 2007