Cocoon (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes


Cocoon (1985)



Critic Consensus: Though it may be too sentimental for some, Ron Howard's supernatural tale of eternal youth is gentle and heartwarming, touching on poignant issues of age in the process.

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This comic fantasy is the story of some elderly folks who encounter aliens when they find a swimming pool filled with large pods that possess the power to restore youth and vitality. Now they have to choose between eternal life or the acceptance of their own impending death.


Don Ameche
as Art Selwyn
Wilford Brimley
as Ben Luckett
Hume Cronyn
as Joe Finley
Steve Guttenberg
as Jack Bonner
Jessica Tandy
as Alma Finley
Jack Gilford
as Bennie Lefkowitz
Maureen Stapleton
as Mary Luckett
Gwen Verdon
as Bess McCarthy
Herta Ware
as Rose Lefkowitz
Clint Howard
as John Dexter
Jorge Gil
as Lou Pine
James Ritz
as DMV Clerk
Ivy Thayer
as Waitress
Fred Broderson
as Dock Master
Mark Cheresnick
as Salvatore
Bette Shoor
as Realtor
Rance Howard
as Detective
Charles Voelker
as Band Leader
Clarence Thomas
as Policeman
Ted Science
as Policeman
Andy Mark Simpson
as Coast Guard First Class BM
Robert Slacum Jr.
as Coast Guard
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Critic Reviews for Cocoon

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (5)

An amiable, life-affirming fantasy-comedy about the rejuvenation of crotchery oldsters whose main distinction is offering roles to senior actors like Don Ameche (who won an Oscar), Hume Cronyn, and Jessica Tandy

August 6, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Cocoon weaves a mesmerizing tale.

June 4, 2007 | Full Review…

Director Ron Howard brings a quality of gentleness and whimsy to the performances, but basically this is a highly calculated project brought in by those two old pros, producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown.

June 4, 2007

Essentially, this is sci-fi with a heart, albeit one made entirely of cheese.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It has no real competition as this season's reigning fairy tale.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5

Not even Harry Belafonte's natural onscreen charm, or John Travolta's diligently maintained hairline, could save this film.

December 7, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cocoon


This 1980s sci-fi comedy doesn't really try to make you think it could be about a deadly alien invasion or serious threats to our old-timer protagonists. It is just trying to have a good time with the idea of a few elderly people feeling young again thanks to the cocoons retrieved from the bottom of the sea and stored in a pool. Of course things get exciting anyway, as the keepers of the cocoons are trying to take them home into space. It is still a feel-good movie through and through. In its best moments it oozes the same kind of movie magic that made the Spielberg films of the era so special. In its less outstanding scenes, the film drags on a little and the special effects just didn't age that well. That doesn't change the fact that it is fun to witness the charming cast's adventure even after all those years.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

I'm really surprised this isn't as well known as other, similar films like Close Encounters, as this is a cutesy and heart warming story of not only growing up, but growing old. A great cast that carries the piece very well and makes you want to run up and hug them. To top it off, it has an amazing and satisfying end.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


Christian C
Christian C

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