Mars Attacks! Synopsis
Earthlings misread the intentions of martian visitors and die, in a parody of '50s sci-fi films.
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Dallas Observer

Part homage and part demolition job, Mars Attacks! is perhaps the funniest piece of giddy schlock heartlessness ever committed to film.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In its nothing's-quite-at-stake way, Mars Attacks! has Tim Burton's flaked-out spirit -- it makes you feel like a very knowing 8-year-old,...
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78

Austin Chronicle

A holiday film with no conscience whatsoever, Mars Attacks! will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it definitely will make you...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
A flashy nineties flick with a campy fifties feel -- it's playful, naive, clever, silly, often inventive, occasionally uneven and, compared...
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60

TV Guide

It may seem mean-spirited to complain that in the end Burton's spectacle is a bit hollow. But his genius has always resided in his ability...
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The result can be viewed as an uproarious satire of science fiction in the "Independence Day" mold, or as a rehash of "Gremlins" without...
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
Nicholson squeezes every wretched drop of buffoonery from this character, and it's distressing to watch him play an easy role for easy...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
This messy science fiction comedy blows most of its inspired moments because of its mean-spirited, deafening siege mentality, which turns...
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Mars Attacks! has the look and feel of a schlocky 1950s science-fiction movie, and if it's not as bad as a Wood film, that's not a plus: A...
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A stillborn affair that could have been -- and should have been -- a whole lot hipper and funnier. If you've seen the two- minute...
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Rated PG-13
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 12+ Alien-invasion satire for older tweens and up.
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