Contact is that rare big-budget motion picture that places ideas, characters, and plot above everything else.
Contact delivers on more than a pure visual level, reiterating the idea that greatest progress is made taking "small steps" towards enlightenment.
David SterrittChristian Science Monitor
Its discussions don't go very deep, and moviegoers with strong religious values may wonder why it comes down for humanism over spirituality.
Stephen HoldenThe New York Times
The movie, adapted from a novel by Carl Sagan, presents one long chain of teasingly open-ended questions about reason versus faith and technology versus religion, and ends up tentatively embracing mysticism over rationality.
Faithful to Sagan's brand of popularized science, the film never reaches beyond Hollywood spectacle and sentimentality.