Lists: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Girls with Guns, Monster movie, Space journey

Brief Synopsis: "When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story... all contact is lost with the planet and colonists. They enlist Ripley and the colonial marines to return and search for answers."

Overall Ranking: 85 (Rank from 1986: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 81.82%
Regular 18.18%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review
3Guys Adam100
CineKatz Vivek100
CinemaVisitor Erik100
Mark Chapman100
Drezzy100 - Personally, I think this one is better than the original. James Cameron knows how to pace an action film, the cast is perfect, and the special effects still hold up today.
Josh of Classicblanca98
Steve Habrat95 - Cameron's Aliens smartly builds upon Ridley Scott's classic while leaving its own fingerprint on the franchise.
(full review)
Dave Examines Movies94(full review)
Darren of Movie Reviews 10193
Jim Carrier91
Cassidy Haynes91
Usman Ashraf90 - This is an interesting follow up to the original. Whereas the original was more of a psychological thriller with this one alien taking out each human with stealth and ease, this sequel is all action with packs of aliens coming up against humans head on. It's different from the original, but it's also a lot more fun!
BTS Brian90
Thomas Pollock90
Sober Film Critic James Brown88(full review)
Bryan Lienesch87 - From its scope to its imagination to its just overall sense of purpose, James Cameron's sequel is SO much better than Ridley Scott's first installment.
Tim Belloff85
Adam Shaftoe85
J Collins80
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80
Patrick Devitt80
A Moot Point with Aling Lukring80(full review)

People Involved

  • Sigourney Weaver (Lieutenant Ellen Ripley)
  • Carrie Henn (Rebecca "Newt" Jorden)
  • Michael Biehn (Corporal Dwayne Hicks)
  • Lance Henriksen (L. Bishop)
  • Paul Reiser (Carter J. Burke)
  • Bill Paxton (Private W. Hudson)
  • William Hope (Lieutenant S. Gorman)
  • Jenette Goldstein (Private J. Vasquez)
  • Al Matthews (Sergeant A. Apone)
  • Mark Rolston (Private M. Drake)
  • Colette Hiller (Corporal C. Ferro)
  • Daniel Kash (Private D. Spunkmeyer)
  • Cynthia Dale Scott (Corporal C. Dietrich)
  • Ricco Ross (Private R. Frost)
  • Tip Tipping (Private T. Crowe)
  • (Director)
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  • James Cameron (Director)

  • Other Movies in the Series

  • Alien
  • Alien 3
  • Alien Resurrection
  • Included in Achievement Trios...

  • James Cameron 101
  • Alien Trilogy