Russell Lucas’s review published on Letterboxd :
After seeing CLOSE ENCOUNTERS theatrically, I more or less didn't see it again in whole for thirty-five years. Took Virginia to the rerelease last year and just watched it with Daisy, and I like the film more each time. Sure, the deliberate pacing and attention to character obviously stand out, but it's the film's theology, for lack of a better word, that impresses me. Dad Spielberg couldn't defend Roy Neary's decision to leave his family, but he didn't leave: the visitors chose him.