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Contact is a science fiction film about an encounter with alien intelligence. Based on the novel by Carl Sagan the film starred Jodie Foster as the one chosen scientist who must make some difficult decisions between her beliefs, the truth, and reality.

Actors: Jodie Foster , Matthew McConaughey , James Woods , John Hurt , Tom Skerritt , William Fichtner , David Morse , Angela Bassett , Geoffrey Blake , Max Martini , Jena Malone
Directors: Robert Zemeckis
Country: USA
Release: 1997-07-11
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  • James Berardinelli

    Contact is that rare big-budget motion picture that places ideas, characters, and plot above everything else.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Contact is superior popular filmmaking, both polished and effective. But despite its success and its serious intentions, it's finally a movie where the storytelling makes more of an impact than the story.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Sagan's novel Contact provides the inspiration for Robert Zemeckis' new film, which tells the smartest and most absorbing story about extraterrestrial intelligence since "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    If you sign on, disarmed of irony, for her trip -- I did -- you'll be rewarded with a rare thing that may in itself prove the existence of a Higher Power: a Hollywood entertainment that makes you consider deep thoughts.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Neil Jeffries

    Contact delivers on more than a pure visual level, reiterating the idea that greatest progress is made taking "small steps" towards enlightenment.

    Empire Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Its discussions don't go very deep, and moviegoers with strong religious values may wonder why it comes down for humanism over spirituality.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Robin Dougherty

    Faithful to Sagan's brand of popularized science, the film never reaches beyond Hollywood spectacle and sentimentality. Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The movie, adapted from a novel by Carl Sagan, presents one long chain of teasingly open-ended questions about reason versus faith and technology versus religion, and ends up tentatively embracing mysticism over rationality.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Sarah Kerr

    When Contact finally comes alive, it leaves you frightened and thrilled and emotionally overwrought, as only a child can be. The rest is pandering.

    Slate Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Beautifully crafted and legitimately involving once it locks onto a dramatic track, film benefits from remaining mysterious about how far it intends to go in pursuing its themes, but also suffers from long-windedness and preachy final-reel explicitness as to its message.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Contact is so burdened with social, political, and religious issues that they infect and ultimately overwhelm much of the philosophical content.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Russell Smith

    Little effort is made to churn up romantic chemistry between Foster and McConaughey. For better or worse, director Robert Zemeckis sticks to Sagan's original vision for these characters, in which they're basically totems embodying both sides of a philosophical dialectic.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    What's most frustrating about the movie isn't that it thinks so little of its heroine that it can't let her figure out the moral of her own story, but that it thinks so little of us as to suggest that, after a couple millennia of human struggle, it's indeed possible to answer the unanswerable.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Robert Zemeckis's movie is frustratingly uneven. When it's good, it's very good. And when it's not, it can be as silly and self-important as bad '50s sci-fi.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Contact aims to be a film of ideas but serves too many of them half-baked.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis, may be too long, too self-important and too "Gump"-like to be completely satisfying. But it contains elements that are so striking they pretty much redeem the film.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Barbara Shulgasser

    This bloated, self-important and logically absurd movie, made by the director of the equally historically hysterical "Forrest Gump," pretends to the thrones of Serious Thinking, of Important Messages and of Intellectual Provocation. If there were truly anything serious, important or intellectual about this movie, this planet would be in big trouble.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    There's a big budget, big cast and big themes about religion, science and life on other planets. But Contact, which aims for awe, ends up with piffle.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    This film is no exception to the rule that philosophical debate seldom spawns compelling cinema.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Contact sure is pretentious. It doesn't deliver on the deepthink, and it lacks the charge of good, honest pulp. It's schlock without the schlock.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    The best moments occur when -- as in reality -- we're still in the dark. As soon as the movie gets to its version of a punch line, it turns into another Hollywood vehicle spinning aimlessly in space.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    In some ways, Contact is just like the universe: big, star-bright and seemingly endless. Not to mention that it begins with a big bang, gradually falls into a lull and finally succumbs to entropy.

    Washington Post Full Review
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