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Earth to Echo

Family . Adventure . Science Fiction . Sci-Fi

After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and the authorities. When everyone around them refuses to take the messages seriously, the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. But taking matters into their own hands gets the trio in way over their heads when they discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help. The epic, suspenseful and exciting journey that follows will change all of their lives forever.

Actors: Reese Hartwig , Virginia Louise Smith , Kerry O'Malley , Sonya Leslie , Cassius Willis , Algee Smith , Jason Gray-Stanford , Ella Wahlestedt , Resse Hartwig , Astro , Teo Halm
Directors: Dave Green
Country: USA
Release: 2014-07-02
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  • Andrew Osmond

    Does for "E.T." what "Super 8" did for "Close Encounters." As lovably '80s as Reece's Pieces and pop socks.

    Empire Full Review
  • William Goss

    Despite the shaky-cam aesthetic, Dave Green’s first feature still makes for a brisk, appealing adventure capably anchored by four young actors.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    An exceptionally fine children's film.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Green and his cast deliver a wonderful surprise. Echo himself, a generically precious alien, is the least of it. The funny, moving, authentic bond among the kids in the movie is the unadvertised draw.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Earth to Echo is about adventure, bravery and excitement, but mostly it's about friendship— a subject that resonates with audiences of all ages.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    It’s not exceedingly original, it is well-made and a solid entry into the subgenre. Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    The filmmakers wanted to broaden the formula a little, make it more inclusive, do something a little adventurous. Kinda like Earth to Echo's tween heroes.

    NPR Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Attractively made, good-hearted, and more than a little redundant even as it's trying a little too hard, Earth to Echo nonetheless will hit the sweet spot for parents looking for innocent PG-rated entertainment for their kids in a summer full of PG-13 spectacle and mayhem.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Credit a youthful, energetic spirit, nicely conveyed by its cast of naturally-acting newcomers, a workable raw-footage construct and a spare but smartly spent special effects budget for the satisfying end result.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Earth To Echo is a little bit big and broad, but that's also part of its charm.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    Would that the movie had gone the next step, and possibly imagined that this bright, shiny little E.T. had figured out how to get kids to do its sinister work for him by providing free WiFi and endless smartphone upgrades in exchange for undying loyalty, we might have had something altogether different on our hands.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Sandie Angulo Chen

    Yes, it’s plainly derivative, but Dave Green’s debut feature is heartfelt and fun, particularly for children craving live-action films beyond big-budget superhero reboots and animated sequels.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Bill Zwecker

    The saving grace for this film is the group of young actors.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    An 'E.T.' knockoff that works.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Earth to Echo resonates, despite itself.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    It's no "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." (What is?) But on its own modest terms, the alien adventure Earth to Echo is a lively and likable knockoff that should divert, if not exactly enthrall, tweens and young teens.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Despite its adoption of that trendy (and more than a little tired) shooting style, there's an old-fashioned charm to Earth to Echo.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    The most derivative movie of the summer, Earth To Echo, is also the most visually unpredictable, chock-full of degraded digital textures that seem ready to boil off the screen, picture-boxed within Mac desktops and overlaid with extraterrestrial interface trees.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    All in all, Earth to Echo is passable family entertainment, neither unforgettable nor particularly bad.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    The found-footage approach loses its shine quickly.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    What ultimately should have been borrowed from Spielberg’s oeuvre but isn’t is a sense of wonder and achievement whenever characters come in contact with the unknown or overcome a great obstacle as a team. Imitation should be flattering, not flattening. Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    This isn't a family-friendly film - anyone over the age of about 8 will immediately recognize that significant chunks of the story don't make sense.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    The constant foregrounding of so much well-executed incident only works to shortchange the heroes' yearnings and anxieties.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    It's not particularly logical and it's not particularly fun. As deliberately amateur as the herky-jerky photography is, the rest of the film isn't much more professional.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Earth to Echo is a slender kiddie flick about a quartet of preteens and their palm-sized alien pal that's at once bland, well-intentioned, and utterly terrifying about the mental development of modern children.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    Technology remains no substitute for well-written characters and genuine intrigue and atmosphere, so despite the cute special effects and camera jostling, this film feels like an extended episode of an after-school show by Disney.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Earth to Echo is a copy of a copy. The movie feels less like a weak “E.T.” than a substandard “Mac and Me.” And you may not even remember the latter, a 1988 flop — the fate likely to hit this well-meaning but underwhelming effort.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Earth To Echo is yet another found-footage film, and not a particularly inventive one at that.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    Earth to Echo reaches for the stars with its gentle sci-fi shenanigans, but the rote result remains decidedly earthbound.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's as if there's a barrier between the viewer and the story that never comes down.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Even at a cramped and frenetic 82 minutes, the movie feels long. That’s what happens when the audience can guess everything that’s going to happen in advance.

    New York Post Full Review
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