I haven't watched the original cut of Alien 3, but I've seen the ending and based on that alone I think it warrants a lot of criticism. Besides, the movie kinda shits completely on the ending of Aliens, which is a beloved movie, for the sake of creating another dread-filled movie more akin to the first one. Personally, I really like it as I prefer that style of Alien movie, but it's not really the right way to handle an ongoing series.
The way it screws the ending of Aliens is definitely a flaw that it is rightly criticized for, but I still feel it's effective in creating a powerful atmosphere, an interesting setting, and an entertaining group of characters. I feel like we kinda agree in that it was a bad way to handle an ongoing series but taken on its own merits its still a good movie.
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