E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott.

Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret.

Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

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Movie Reviews: “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Movie Review: Hollywood Reporter

However, the film goes past the myth of a marooned spaceman trying to figure out a way back home. While E.T. is being befriended, hidden and protected (from the adults) by his Earth buddies, the picture conveys a relationship story, an adventure.

A mystery, and ultimately, the time-worn but always timely message that no matter how different God’s creatures may be, there’s a common bond between the thinking ones — because they’re also capable of love. Sometimes, kids are always the ones to recognize this on a more immediate level than adults.

Sound sappy? Yes. But Spielberg’s magic as a director is to take these themes and weave them into a straight-forward tale so delicately that you are never sledge-hammered and come to perceive screenwriter Melissa Mathison’s intent through the exquisite subtlety of this beguiling fairy tale.

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Movie Review: The Guardian

Steven Spielberg’s great strength as a movie-maker is not just that he’s an expert at his chosen craft, but that he seems near enough to his audiences to have a natural contact with their emotions.

This doesn’t make him a heavyweight, but it is a priceless gift to offer the cinema today when going to a movie has become less and less of a corporate experience, if only because there aren’t usually too many there. E.T. (Empire, U) thus comes to a beleaguered industry like a gift from the gods.

Not only does it get bums on seats but it encourages the kind of shared enjoyment that suggests the cinema still has something unique to offer.

It could be, of course, that the widescale video pirating operation, encouraged by the lengthy period between E.T.’s American and British premieres, will stop tens of thousands of people watching it where it was intended to be watched.

To those, I can only say that you’ve seen only half of its attraction. E.T. is a superlative piece of popular cinema that positively requires sharing with an audience.

Its photography and sound-track, part and parcel of this appeal, need a big screen and stereo speakers. The way it gets at you is the way of the cinema.

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Movie Review: DAILY NEWS

Not so very long go, Steven Spielberg was considered one of the boy wonders of Hollywood. Today, at 34, he is still a child at heart.

In “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” a glorified kiddie matinee show, he displayed a boyish zest for bigger and better screen thrills. But “E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial” represents a far more miraculous achievement in that Spielberg demonstrates an uncanny ability to transmit the feelings of his juvenile characters.

The marvel of this extraordinary movie is that it captures for even the most jaded grownup that pleasurable state of innocence and awe that only children are fortunate enough to experience.

This space-age fairy tale proves once and for all that Spielberg is no more technician. He is clearly more concerned with character development than razzle-dazzle special effects this time and the result is a tender, loving movie that simply glows with affection for all creatures, great and small.

Spielberg is particularly fond of small creatures. His hero, in this case, is Elliott, a lonely 10-year-old boy (played by Henry Thomas) who develops a strange, but close attachment for a desirable alien, a pint-size creature from another planet that has been left to wander forlornly in a barren-looking suburb of Los Angeles.

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