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'Prometheus' first reviews: What the critics are saying

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The first reviews of Ridley Scott's Prometheus have been released.

Many critics have praised the film's visuals and use of 3D, although the reaction has overall been mixed-to-positive.

Digital Spy's review will be posted this evening (May 30).

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Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian):
"Ridley Scott has counter-evolved his 1979 classic Alien into something more grandiose, more elaborate – but less interesting. In place of scariness there is wonderment; in place of tension there is hugely ambitious design; in place of unforgettable shocks there are reminders of the original's unforgettable shocks.

"There are also some shrewd and witty touches, and one terrifically creepy performance from Michael Fassbender, who steals the film with the chilling, parasitic relentlessness of that first gut-bound alien."

Tim Robey (The Daily Telegraph)
"There's entirely too much to process in a first viewing of Ridley Scott's Prometheus -- some of it good, some of it great, almost all of it mental.

"This elaborate science fiction freakout takes gradual shape as a hot, writhing chop suey of ideas, not all of which necessarily belong in the same pot. Watching Scott slice and dice the ingredients -- and much of his cast, to boot -- is thrilling one minute, faintly deflating the next."

Justin Chang (Variety):
"Ridley Scott's first sci-fi since Blade Runner remains earthbound in narrative terms, forever hinting at the existence of a higher intelligence without evincing much of its own. Yet a key difference between this film and its predecessor is one of volume.

"Incongruously backed by an orchestral surge of a score, the film conspicuously lacks the long, drawn-out silences and sense of menace in close quarters that made Alien so elegantly unnerving. Prometheus is one chatty vessel, populated by stock wise-guy types who spout tired one-liners when they're not either cynically debunking or earnestly defending belief in a superior power."

Todd McCarthy (The Hollywood Reporter):
"A visual feast of a 3D sci-fi movie... Technically, Prometheus is magnificent. Shot in 3D but without the director taking the process into account in his conceptions or execution, the film absorbs and uses the process seamlessly...

"[This is] a film that caters too much to imagined audience expectations, when a little more adventurous thought might have taken it to some excitingly unsuspected destinations."

Mark Adams (Screen Daily):
"Prometheus should thrill, challenge and provoke audiences ready for [Scott's] signature brand of intelligent and visceral film-making.

"The effects are brilliantly woven into Scott's film, with cinematographer Dariusz Wolksi delivering some beautiful moments... A Ridley Scott film is always perfectly shot, intelligently edited and easy on the eye, and Prometheus is no different."

Watch the latest trailer for 'Prometheus', which debuted exclusively during Channel 4's Homeland on April 29, 2012.


Robbie Collin (The Daily Telegraph) via Twitter:
"Prometheus is, um, absolutely nuts. Not perfect by a stretch but there are ideas here you wouldn't expect a studio to touch with a 10ft pole."

Steven Weintraub (Collider) via Twitter:
"Prometheus is the type of big budget sci-fi that studios rarely make. Extremely well done. Don't read reviews. Just go see it.

AP Galaxy, who are collating all reviews released so far, stated: "29 out of 37 reviews are overall positive. The film currently holds a 78% fresh score with a 6.8 average rating. The rating is calculated on a base-5 rule along with unrated reviews (positive considered a 100%, mixed negative a 40%, mixed positive a 60%, and negative a 0%)."

Watch Michael Fassbender talking to Digital Spy about Prometheus below:

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