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Evolution (2001)



Critic Consensus: Director Reitman tries to remake Ghostbusters, but his efforts are largely unsuccessful because the movie has too many comedic misfires.

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The spirit of the mega-hit Ghostbusters (1984) is intentionally recalled with this effects-heavy sci-fi comedy from the same director, Ivan Reitman, co-starring Dan Aykroyd and debuting on the 17th anniversary of the earlier film's release. When a meteor bearing single-celled organisms crashes to the Earth, the life forms are initially confined to a cave. Before long the creatures are evolving at an exponentially rapid rate, resulting in fearsome aliens running amok and possibly spelling mankind's doom, or at least the end of man's domination over life on Earth. Investigating the phenomenon is a community college professor, Ira Kane (David Duchovny), his geologist friend Harry Block (Orlando Jones), wannabe fireman Wayne Green (Seann William Scott), and government scientist Allison Reed (Julianne Moore). Evolution also stars Ted Levine, Ethan Suplee, and Katharine Towne.

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Ted Levine
as Gen. Woodman
Dan Aykroyd
as Gov. Lewis
Gregory Itzin
as Cartwright
Ashley Clark
as Lt. Cryer
Pat Kilbane
as Officer Johnson
Ty Burrell
as Flemming
Richard Moll
as Fire Training Inspector
Steven Gilborn
as Judge Guilder
Wayne Duvall
as Dr. Paulson
Michael Chapman
as Sheriff Long
Kyle Gass
as Officer Drake
Lucas Dudley
as Sgt. Toms
Steven Pierce
as Sgt. Larson
Wendy Braud
as Nurse Tate
Stephanie Hodge
as Jill Mason
Morgan Nagler
as Dressing Room Shoplifter
Andrew Bowen
as Road Worker
Steve Kehela
as Reporter
Kenny Blank
as Student
John Cho
as Student
Tressa Pope
as Student
Chris Wylde
as Student
Marty Belafsky
as Military Policeman
Lee Weaver
as Military Policeman
Tom Davis
as Governor's Aide
Gary Kent
as Governor's Aide
Timothy R. Layton
as Guard Gate Soldier
Angelo Vacco
as Officer Thompson
Tom Woodruff Jr.
as Lead Primate Creature
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Critic Reviews for Evolution

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (38)

Uneven, unfocused with some inspired silliness.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It has been said many times that there are no new ideas in Hollywood.

December 12, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

An enjoyable caper that might be a little too intense for kids.

June 25, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Likeable despite its silliness, Evolution delivers a solid entertainment package.

June 25, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Seems to have been made without a writer.

June 12, 2001

Neither the sci-fi nor the comedy are strong enough to sustain the movie.

June 11, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Evolution


Wayne Grey: Ka ka, ka ka! Kakaaa! Tukki Tukki! Tukki Tukki! Harry Block: Wayne, I think we've established that "Ka Ka" and "Tukki Tukki" don't work. Those lines always cracks me up!

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


Out of all the popcorn films I have seen recently Evolution has to be my favourite, It is by no means a completely original brilliant piece of cinema but it is a good fast paced comedy to sit back into and enjoy. Duchovny and Jones work well together and the film keeps you laughing throughout.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer


A terrible attempt to make a new Ghostbusters. Sometimes fun, but nothing good, silly gags, awful screenplay, Evolution is a weak try to do sucess again with comedy and sci-fi of Reitman. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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