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20 Million Miles to Earth

20 Million Miles to Earth

1957
Sci-fi
1h 22m
The first spaceship to visit Venus crash lands in the sea, freeing a small native Venusian creature called the Ymir. Eventually growing to enormous size, it threatens the city of Rome. (imdb)
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20 Million Miles to Earth

1957
Sci-fi
1h 22m
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Avg Percentile 36.43% from 213 total ratings

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Rated 16 Jan 2021
50
29th
Harryhausen's monster fights an elephant. That's about all you need to know, I'd say.
Rated 28 Oct 2011
57
10th
The monster is great but the rest is mediocre. It's all just an excuse to show us some rampaging and elephant fighting.
Rated 18 Jan 2008
80
41st
Really, the score is for Harryhausen's monster and effects. The story is more shallow than most Godzilla movies and the acting is horrendous. Plus, the Italian characters are borderline offensive. However, the monster makes this worth at least one watch.
Rated 08 Jun 2007
40
23rd
Kind of like a pornographic film -- the story and characters are as dull as dust, and are clearly there just as filler inbetween FX sequences
Rated 23 Sep 2012
4
55th
One of the best of its monster movie kind, even with its laughable attempts at science & filler human roles (although, there's certainly a good deal of entertainment in its camp '50s appeal). All their flaws actually serve to make the monster more empathetic. It's clear that they lifted the story of King Kong, with a bit of sci-fi to make it seem new, but I really don't care. It's damn fun and the Harryhausen effects are killer.
Rated 21 May 2018
92
65th
Loved the Ray Harryhausen creature. Fun 50s sci-fi!
Rated 05 Apr 2010
37
17th
Like everyone else says, it's absolutely useless except for the Harryhausen effects, of which there are lots. I felt more interest and sympathy for the monster than I did for any of the people, really; he gives it mannerisms and easy to read emotions that make its increasingly heightened emotional state impossible to miss. And yes, the depiction of non-Americans in this is pretty bad.
Rated 28 May 2015
6
49th
The over-the-top screams of the creature are hilarious.
Rated 31 Dec 2018
60
28th
In a world gone cgi mad, it's nice to watch some Harryhausen magic on occasion. Also, whatever havoc the creature wreaked, we had it coming. That includes the dog. F'ing dog started it. OK... maybe not the elephant, but man, what a fight!
Rated 06 Jun 2015
65
23rd
One of the few times I genuinely empathized with the monster. Very dull plot, unlikable human characters, but nothing I wasn't expecting. The Ymir was the reason I watched it, and he was well worth the watch.
Rated 08 Jun 2022
75
65th
For all its genre schlock, this is definitely on the better end of 50s monster movies. I'm not comparing with the likes of The Incredible Shrinking Man or Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, I'm more talking in terms of "best of the bad". The hokey acting, half-assed logic & melodrama is very entertaining, and I feel like there was at least some attempt at a narrative that deviates slightly from the norm (even if it turns into King Kong). A must for Harryhausen fans - his work's on full display here.
Rated 25 Nov 2021
72
42nd
Standard 50s KING KONG rip-off would be easily dismissible if not for Harryhausen's quite astonishing monster effects, making the Ymir at least as convincing a monster as Kong before him. The human cast are a pretty forgettable bunch, with the granite-jaws and straight faces not bringing a great deal to this story. Still worthwhile for genre aficionados simply for the effects.
Rated 22 Jun 2008
82
76th
More fun from Harryhausen, not one of my favorites but has some of Ray's best work which I think was helped by the B&W photography. There's a lot of excellent matte work here, truly remarkable.
Rated 09 Apr 2009
0
15th
Cheeseparing monster fiction which doesn't wake up till the last five minutes, and looks pretty silly even then.
Rated 02 Dec 2013
50
36th
Great special effects can't compensate for its total lack of anything else.
Rated 17 Aug 2013
63
54th
There is no subtlety here -- see, last lines are kind of a lesson about human beings being incapable of planning a decent and peaceful future --, but every frame that is filled with Harryhausen's artwork looks impressive and beautiful. This is pure -- pure in the sense of naive and amusing entertainment.
Rated 17 Dec 2022
60
35th
Check your brains at the door; it's not the most cerebral monster flick. We're told and shown that firearms (and fire) don't work on the creature, yet the military keeps hoping for a different outcome. The plot is a bit of a mixture of Frankenstein and King Kong, but nowhere near as good. The Harryhausen effects are beautiful, although the rear projection is quite noticeable in the b&w version. Dull, but worth seeing once.
Rated 16 Apr 2012
43
5th
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Rated 13 Jun 2015
70
21st
the acting is horrible bad, but the animation for the time is great i think and this is why it got this high rating.
Rated 03 Nov 2023
62
25th
If you thought women were the worst imports from Venus..
Rated 16 Mar 2011
36
19th
That some quality garbage with cool visual effects. Science part to this fiction is horrible. But then you have a huge green reptile snacking on sulfur, kicking elephants pale ass and destroying Coliseum - that would make any film watchable.
Rated 20 Jul 2012
55
49th
Pretty good.
Rated 20 Jun 2008
50
2nd
Merely worth it for the scene where the creature fights an elephant. Other than that, worthless.
Rated 09 Jul 2016
60
41st
It has many of the hallmarks of the numerous run-of-the-mill monster movies from the 1950s, like the unimaginative story, silly exposition and questionable acting, but Harryhausen's effects are stupendous, and rescue the film from mediocrity.
Rated 11 Dec 2009
57
26th
Science-fiction rides again!
Rated 27 May 2013
45
14th
Just shit in every regard. I feel bad for Harryhausen.

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