Not since Catwoman has a genre film received this much publicity and this many poor reviews at the same time. Since we can’t be convinced to see it and no one issued us passes, we’re going to open the discussion with quotations from name reviewers:
“…the cinematic equivalent of root canal.”
–Rob Vaux, Mania
“It’s finally here: The most boring alien-invasion movie ever.”
–Joe Neumaier, The New York Daily News
“The film starts out pretty poorly and goes downhill….”
–Jim Mourgos, MovieWeb
“If all you want is a combination of some slightly above-average special effects and the worst screenplay not credited to Akiva Goldsman, you’ll adore Skyline. In the realm of wars of the worlds titles, it barely bests Plan 9 from Outer Space. As slick, computer generated eye candy, it more or less passes the test. But since the spectacle is interrupted by scene after scene of community college level acting and grade school plotting, the ‘wow’ factor can’t win us over.”
–Bill Gibron, Filmcritic.com
“Typically, the creatures hypnotize people with the pretty blue Christmas lights they have hanging on their bodies, and then hoover them into their gnarly clam-shell of a space ship.…Occasionally, they’ll even go zombie – sneaking up from behind their victims and sucking out their brains, though from what we see of the humans in the film, it would be a poor source of nourishment.”
–Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail
“It’s terrible. Actually, many of the FX scenes are terrible as well – the FX looks great, but everything happening on screen around the FX is bone headed or moronic or poorly shot. And that’s pretty much the film in a nutshell: bone headed, moronic and poorly shot. And terribly acted as well, just for good measure. There’s not a single believable moment in Skyline, and I don’t mean that I couldn’t believe in an alien invasion. I mean that not one human being in the film comes across like a human being of any sort, that none of the dialog rings true or is delivered well and that some of the actors can’t even exit an airplane convincingly.
-Devin Faraci, Badass Reviews
Let’s get one thing clear right from the off: Skyline is a terrible, terrible movie. The dialogue is abysmal… the acting is even worse… and the plot makes absolutely no sense.
–Tom Huddleston, Time Out London
Eventually it turns out that all the running and hiding and chopping (there’s an ax) was beside the point, which is the sort of thing that can make you angry if you care about the characters, but in this case is kind of a relief.
–Mike Hale, The New York Times
“Were we meant to laugh out loud?”
–Liz Braun, Sun Media.