"Not much behind the images" was how the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, summed it up in a headline.
To Vatican critics, the alien extravaganza is just "bland."
Cameron "tells the story without going deep into it, and ends up falling into sappiness," said L'Osservatore Romano. Vatican Radio called it "rather harmless" but said it was no heir to sci-fi masterpieces of the past.
"Everything is reduced to an overly simple anti-imperialistic and anti-militaristic parable," it said.
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