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3,212 Ratings

War of the Worlds

Directed by Steven Spielberg
United States, 2005
Sci-Fi, Action, Drama


An updated version of H.G Wells’ seminal sci-fi classic about the an alien invasion threatening the future of humanity. The catastrophic nightmare is depicted through the eyes of one American family fighting for survival.

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War of the Worlds Directed by Steven Spielberg

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2006 | 3 nominations including: Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

Irish Film and Television Awards

2005 | Nominee: Best International Actress (Audience Award)

Empire Awards

2006 | 3 nominations including: Scene of the Year

Critics reviews

Tom Cruise once again puts a lot of mileage on his running shoes, but the movie is heavy going, with none of the wit and comic relief we’ve come to expect even in Spielberg’s darker films.
January 03, 2017
No doubt aware that images of people running in terror from collapsing buildings now carry unavoidable topical baggage, Spielberg, with the help of screenwriters Josh Friedman and David Koepp, has refashioned H.G. Wells’ classic tale of interplanetary invasion into a unnervingly cathartic simulacrum of that Tuesday morning’s apocalyptic confusion and horror.
June 27, 2005
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Steven Spielberg’s shamelessly hokey version of the 1898 H.G. Wells yarn about murderous invaders from outer space starts off as a nimble scare show like Jaws. The special effects are good, and Tom Cruise isn’t bad as an alienated father fleeing with his kids. But such virtues are overtaken by a surfeit of narrow escapes and meaningful reflections about people’s behavior in war, complete with allusions to 9/11 and the Holocaust.
June 24, 2005
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