Sputnik

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Effective space alien horror with a Soviet-era twist, Sputnik proves there are still some scary good sci-fi thrillers left in the galaxy.

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Summoned to a secluded research facility, a controversial young doctor examines a cosmonaut who returned to Earth with an alien parasite inside of him.

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Critic Reviews for Sputnik

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (85) | Rotten (12)

  • "Sputnik" is a reminder of the mixed-bag experience that so many of them offer: It's an efficient, effects-driven ride with snippets of real ideas, but never quite willing to take them out of this world.

    August 21, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

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  • I found this movie a little bit generic... I am really tired of these slithery things that just screech a lot. We really need new creature animation.

    August 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Sputnik's genre pleasures are modest, but like the best sci-fi, it gets you thinking.

    August 14, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Duller than it sounds.

    August 14, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Strong performances, strikingly spare production design and somber cinematography convey a sense of something important going on. That's no small achievement in what proves to be a creature feature with flair.

    August 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The performances and characterizations add heft, and the very Russian vibe of soulful heaviness sets it apart from its American cousins.

    August 13, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 11, 2020
    Slow moving Russian tale about a cosmonaut that returns from space with an alien parasite living inside of him...one that the government thinks it can weaponise. In the meantime, the host is slowing dying. It took me awhile to get through the thing. Yawn.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2020
    Like a lot of these kinds of thrillers the most obvious reference point is "Alien" however "Sputnik" finds some unique ways to shake up that movie's plot structure. Also, for the first time in a long while, the creature design matches the great concept.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2020
    The sci-fi, creature feature is normally cornered by the American market so it's encouraging to see a Russian take on things which adds a new level to low-cost B-movie making. Egor Abramenko's?Sputnik starts very strongly and manages to maintain the intrigue and intensity for the majority of its running time. It's clever enough to know that taking its time and building the tension moment from moment is the best way to hold your attention. And it works. It's a solid sci-fi/horror that benefits from a strong story, engaging performances and impressive production value. It's just a shame, that in the final 20mins, it abandons it's methodical approach and the characters' motivations became silly and contrived. Despite this unfortunate unravelling, however, there's still much to recommend it.
    Mark W Super Reviewer

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