I can’t put it any better than this. Just look at those miserable unimaginative aliens (and notice how similar and anthropomorphic they are).
Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., AI, War of the Worlds, you’re not with the program Steven. These are four horrible alien movies (with ET maybe being the least worst). And you made the same errors over and over with War of the Worlds: holy crap, what a bad effort: the script, the simplicity, the ending, the effects, dakota fanning, tom cruise and that gremlin alien?!
So please mr Spielberg, small advice from an insignificant moviegoer: no more scifi for you, stick to making nice little harmless movies and don’t try so hard. I want more Jaws or Poltergeist or Catch me if you can or Back to The Future. Thanks.