'Prometheus' review roundup: Does it live up to the 'Alien' legacy?

prometheus-teaser.jpg Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," a prequel of sorts to his seminal sci-fi film "Alien," starring Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace on a voyage to a distant moon, has finally hit theaters. It's one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, but does it live up to the hype?

General consensus is that the film is beautiful and superbly acted but ultimately a little to mythology-heavy for its own good. Check out what the critics had to say:

Rolling Stone
The film gets three out of four stars from Peter Travers, who writes: "The ending isn't squishy scary or deeply satisfying. Bummer. Otherwise, 'Prometheus' -- especially in its spellbinding first hour -- kicks ass so hard and often that it's impossible not to be thrilled by it....even when the script by Jon Spaihts and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof ties itself in knots trying to be profound, Scott -- returning to sci-fi for the first time since 1982's iconic 'Blade Runner' -- shows you what cosmic terror can feel like in the hands of a true visionary. Buckle up."

Entertainment Weekly
Lisa Schwarzbaum gives it a B+, summing it up this way: "All one needs to know to understand 'Prometheus' and honor 'Alien' is that women can be tough fighters. That the characters with the goofiest accents get killed first. That nothing beats a really primo close-up of a gooey ET creature just before it goes berserk. And that, in the great tradition of the best sci-fi films, space would be a lot more boring without intrepid human idiots who touch stuff even when told ''Don't touch that!' God bless them."

Movieline
Critic Stephanie Zacharek says that despite its great ambition, 'Prometheus' "groans under its own weight." She writes: "'Prometheus' isn't a piece of junk. It feels as if Scott has tried very hard to please us, his audience, in an honest if costly way. He surely knows how high the stakes are: With Alien, Scott gave us one of the great science-fiction films of all time...But 'Prometheus' is a world apart, a far more unwieldy picture that tries hard to defy this new, noisier age of movies and doesn't have the agility or the suppleness to do so."
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