I hadn't seen E.T. since I was a kid and as a kid, I didn't like it that much. However, after just seeing it as an adult, I now see why it's considered a classic. The first thing I was most impressed with (that I didn't really pay attention to as a kid) was the incredible acting performances of the three kids, especially Drew Barrymore's who had all the funniest line. The obvious strength of this movie is how it plays on one's emotions (which is why I probably didn't like it as a kid) and how the movie is able to transfer both Elliot's and E.T.'s together in a very simple yet complex way. The movie does move in a slow steady pace but it does pick up momentum and if you buy into the relationship that Elliot and E.T. establish, then you'll find that the ending is a perfect ending.