The other day I wrote a review of Wise Blood, a Criterion Collection movie I didn't like based on a Flannery O'Conner book I didn't like. The Man Who Fell to Earth is another Criterion Collection movie. Based on Walter Tevis's sci-fi novel of the same name, which I liked better than Wise Blood (review here), the movie is terrible. I hated it even more than Wise Blood. Another strike for the Criterion Collection. Or, Criterion Collection fans might say, another strike for me.
The first part of the movie stays pretty true to the novel. Thomas Newton, a humanoid alien, falls to earth and blends in. The casting here is perfect: the humanoid David Bowie. Newton obtains patents for alien technology, becomes extremely wealthy, then commences work on a space ship to take him to his home planet and bring his family back to earth.
In some people's estimation, certainly in the estimation of the Criterion, this is a classic. In my estimation, no.
Bottom line, 1 star.