Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Excellent Today, at the time of its 40th anniversary, the movie stands up remarkably well. The story is fresh and compelling, the special effects are as remarkable as anything that CGI can do, and the music represents some of John Williams' best work. Close Encounters is the complete package, and it shines as brightly in its latest iteration as it did in its first.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent It is as good as you remember it and serves as a reminder of a time when blockbuster entertainments were still willing to show real ambition. For those of you who have never seen it before—or have never seen it on the big screen—do not pass up this opportunity to see it the way that it was meant to be seen.
Slant MagazineFull Review Very Good The film is the first masterpiece of what would become an increasingly technocratic ‘80s movie-house takeover. On many levels the least fashionable American touchstone of the 1970s, Close Encounters is also arguably among the few that truly offered any hope of transcending its era.
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