1997 • 149 minutes
1.31K reviews
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Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey star in this gripping story of a radio astronomer who receives the first extraterrestrial radio signal ever picked up on Earth.

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1.31K reviews
Just Visiting
August 3, 2018
The "trip" is a very interesting visual experience. Still a good watch 20 years later, despite this film containing the cheesiest scene ever -- an Alien posing as her dead father on a beach -- and one of the most outrageous message ever (choosing a scientist to meet Aliens only if he or she believes in God). Unfortunately, seeing what's going on in today's world, that scene in Contact can be understood as just a small exaggeration.
October 3, 2014
... But full of the same sweeping science that is so fantastically engrossing that one could easily mistake it for magic. I truly believe that, if the time comes that we encounter ET's before the age of reason demolishes the age of religion, we will be very unfortunate in that this will be exactly what happens politically. Everyone owes it to their intellectual growth to see this film and, if possible, read the book that it was quite faithfully based upon. RIP Dr. Carl Sagan.
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V Tancredi
August 28, 2017
This is a beautifully shot and acted movie about our first contact with aliens. I've come back to watch scenes from the movie every now and then, years and years later, especially the beach scene. It can be slow paced, but it is intellectually deep, based on the book of the same name by Carl Sagan. The only slightly unbelievable thing for me is the somewhat Deus Ex Machina actions of the mysterious billionaire benefactor. Aside from that it is well worth sitting back and enjoying this as a fine meal. If you're looking for a Marvel popcorn movie, try something new. You might like it.