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Earth to Echo (PG)

Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.

The critical consensus

Does for E.T. what Super 8 did for Close Encounters. As lovably '80s as Reece's Pieces and pop socks.

****(*)Andrew Osmond, Empire Online, 21/07/2014

Earth To Echo’s a sweet, well-meaning adventure with a good heart, but the plot’s so familiar you almost expect alien Echo to ask to “phone home” at any moment.

***(*)(*)Rob James, Total Film, 21/07/2014

Echo is pretty cute – it looks like a robo-owl and sounds like a Furby – but his film still feels like an echo of classic Steven Spielberg material, done cheaper, not better.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 20/07/2014

Doesn't reverberate with any pathos or depth.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 24/07/2014

It is a smart, visually dynamic film, but audiences may miss Spielberg's wonderment.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 24/07/2014

A sentimental, lightweight yarn.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 25/07/2014

Worth seeing for those who haven't seen it all before.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 27/07/2014

There’s nothing here we haven’t seen before but it’s performed with charm.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 27/07/2014

Even the most easily pleased kids will be relieved when Echo finally goes home, not least as it will allow weary audiences to gratefully do the same.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 30/07/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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