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90% Tomatometer 113 Reviews 85% Audience Score 100,000+ Ratings Science fiction adventure about a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind is deeply humane sci-fi exploring male obsession, cosmic mysticism, and music.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Bruce McCabe Boston Globe This is a revolutionary film. It's revolutionary in the sense that it suggests, as few films have, the extraordinary sensory potential of the medium. Apr 3, 2024 Full Review Close Encounters of the Third Kind | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune ["Close Encounters"] attempts to conquer fear of the unknown with love. Maybe the movies will begin to lead us away from their early '70s nightmare visions to a new, more benign fantasy world. As a filmgoer sated with violence, I'm ready. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 3, 2024 Full Review Close Encounters of the Third Kind | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Andrew Sarris Village Voice Simply a thoughtless exercise in instant self-gratification. Actually, I felt sorry for this muddled movie with its childlike vulnerability. Apr 3, 2024 Full Review Close Encounters of the Third Kind | Rotten Tomatoes (4) David Dugas United Press International If it doesn't quite match "2001" for cerebral elegance, it nevertheless is far grander than Spielberg's previous movie, Jaws, and vastly more absorbing than Star Wars. Apr 3, 2024 Full Review Close Encounters of the Third Kind | Rotten Tomatoes (5) John Huddy Miami Herald The Steven Spielberg movie, instinctively or otherwise, is well timed. It is definitely a movie of the 1970s, for a people disgusted, bewildered -- and lost. Apr 3, 2024 Full Review Close Encounters of the Third Kind | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Dorothy Smiljanich Tampa Bay Times Perhaps in this skeptical time, it is enough to know -- enough to wonder -- that a director and creator can still make a movie as awesome and visually satisfying as this one. Rated: 5/5 Apr 3, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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Nano N Not a fan of Spielbergs films for the lowest common denominator American anyway. This film looks like its relating some big important message but all i see is a pile of dirt and a giant chandelier in the sky. Tedious. Rated 1/5 Stars • Rated 1 out of 5 stars 07/08/24 Full Review Beth M This movie is still tremendous! Really wonderful on the big screen! Took our 22 yr old son to give him the big screen treat! He loved it! Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/08/24 Full Review Audience Member Just got out of the 47th anniversary re release. My 4th favorite Steven Spielberg movie. Maybe John Williams most underrated movie score. Grew up with this movie and this was my third time seeing a re release of this movie on the big screen . The cast is great, the special effects are amazing, love the humor. 10/10 EPIC FANTASTIC movie. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/08/24 Full Review Audience Member Great movie. Still holds up all these years later. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/07/24 Full Review Audience Member Pointless movie. No drama and no real suspense. Just a really slow build up, to what would be now, a disappointing ending Rated 1/5 Stars • Rated 1 out of 5 stars 06/08/24 Full Review Sachin E Apart from the amazing cinematography and visual effects, there isn't much in the film. Storyline is mid, characters and dialogues are not well written and the several cringe moments make it less appealing. Rated 2.5/5 Stars • Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 04/13/24 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steven Spielberg Director Richard Dreyfuss Roy Neary François Truffaut Claude Lacombe Teri Garr Ronnie Neary Melinda Dillon Jillian Guiler Cary Guffey Barry Guiler
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Synopsis Science fiction adventure about a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs.

Director
Steven Spielberg

Producer
Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips

Screenwriter
Steven Spielberg

Distributor
Columbia Pictures

Production Co
Columbia Pictures, EMI Films, Julia Phillips and Michael Phillips Productions

Rating
PG

Genre
Sci-Fi

Original Language
English

Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 16, 1977, Wide

Rerelease Date (Theaters)
Jul 7, 2024

Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 1, 2012

Box Office (Gross USA)
$3.1M

Runtime
2h 15m

Sound Mix
Surround, Dolby Stereo

Aspect Ratio
Scope (2.35:1)
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