The Andromeda Strain (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Andromeda Strain (1971)



Critic Consensus: Although its urgent subject matter warrants less a deliberate pace, The Andromeda Strain brings Michael Crichton's techno-thriller to the big screen with striking intelligence and an engrossing sense of paranoia.

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A satellite crashes near a small Arizona town, bringing with it a deadly alien virus in this science fiction thriller based on Michael Crichton's novel. After the townspeople are wiped out by the contagion, a team of scientists bands together to eliminate the virus before it spreads nationwide.

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Arthur Hill
as Dr. Jeremy Stone
James Olson
as Dr. Mark Hall
David Wayne
as Dr. Charles Dutton
Kate Reid
as Dr. Ruth Leavitt
Kermit Murdock
as Dr. Robertson
Eric Christmas
as Senator from Vermont
Peter Hobbs
as General Sparks
Walter Brooke
as Corpse in water (uncredited)
Bill Dunbar
as First Airman
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Critic Reviews for The Andromeda Strain

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (11)

It is, in fact, quite a proficient example of the science fiction genre, though I can't help thinking that 130 minutes is too long for anything non-Kubrick.

June 2, 2020 | Full Review…

A real spellbinder.

June 2, 2020 | Full Review…

It all goes a bit sci-fi bonkers towards the end, with a high-tension countdown and green lasers blasting scientists who attempt to override a doomsday button. But, well, it is a movie after all. And an underrated classic.

March 19, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

the story is a fiction, but a fiction told with one eye on a realistic style of filmmaking (let's call it 'pathogen procedural'), and the other eye on the contemporary realities of both space travel and the Cold War...

June 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite its trappings, the plot employs nothing but the conventional weaponry of the grade-B thriller.

February 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Robert Wise brings his Academy Award-winning sobriety and meticulousness to a pulp tale that cries out for the slapdash vigor of a Roger Corman.

November 5, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Andromeda Strain


The first alien invasion could be of a virus. Could be. That's writer Michael Crichton's conjectural basis for this interesting foray into sci-fi. Luckily we here in the good ol' U.S. of A. probably have a super secret underground facility somewhere out in the desert ready to tackle just such a eventuality. Not only is it super secret, it's underground. And in the desert. It's probably run by a super secret computer, too. One that talks. And they can do just about anything there. Betcha. It's this kid-in-the-backyard-gee-whiz kind of wonder that starts this baby up, but too much of a good thing cuts into plot development, don't it ... maybe they can remake it.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Wise and Gidding (director and screenwriter) succesfully repeat the formula applied when adapting the psychological horror classic "The Haunting". A concise emphasis in human drama and scientific verosimilitud over a seemingly far-fetched subject. Tense and paranoid atmosphere that grows in its final stages, despite the overload of dialogue. An adrenaline-pounding thriller.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

A very serious sci-fi thriller about an alien virus on Earth. Somewhat boring in places, but overall a really good movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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