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Alien vs Predator - US reaction

Compiled by: Jack Foley

IT PROMISES the mother of all battles, between two of the most terrifying monsters of recent years, but it would appear that Alien v Predator has bored the hell out of US critics.

The film, directed by Paul WS Anderson (of Event Horizon fame), pits human beings in the middle of a war between aliens and predators in a pyramid beneath the Arctic, but word from America has not been good.

Variety leads the way, stating that 'going from the noisily routine to the ludicrous, AVP's final reel or so are likely to produce howls'.

While the Chicago Tribune states that 'it's a murky, empty-headed dive into the depths of the Antarctic and the heart of monster movie cliches that leaves you praying for most of the cast to get killed off fast, to put them (and us) out of our misery'. was equally as let down, stating that 'Alien vs. Predator is a cool-looking lunchbox that's full of rocks'.

While the Dallas Morning News wrote it off as 'a transparent attempt to jumpstart two run-down franchises'.

Even felt let down, stating that 'AVP is a pretty movie to look at with its grandiose sets and top notch creature FX, but it's a lot like Anderson's previous works in that it's all facade and no foundation'.

While One Guy's Opinion lamented that 'in this contest it's boredom and stupidity that are victorious... though loud and brutally paced and edited, far more silly than scary'.

Slant Magazine rounds this overview up, however, by concluding that 'their confrontations play out in the exaggerated manner of professional wrestling'.

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