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Outland (1981)


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 14
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 4
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 2


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 8,231



Movie Info

For Marshal O'Neil (Sean Connery), the Jupiter moon Io is just another dingy mining town on the final frontier. When his wife leaves him and takes their son with them, it merely confirms that though he's traveled millions of miles, his life is going nowhere. Then he notices that miners are dying in strangely psychotic ways -- walking in space without spacesuits, carving up prostitutes. With the help of Dr. Lazarus (Frances Sternhagen), his investigation reveals that the miners are ingesting a … More

R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Jul 3, 2001
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Outland

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (10) | DVD (5)

While there are several mile-wide plot holes and one key under-developed main character, the film emerges as a tight, intriguing old-fashioned drama that gives audiences a hero worth rooting for.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The failure of director-writer Peter Hyams to put any weight whatever behind the moral issues (crude as they are) makes this merely violent nonsense.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Because both dialogue and direction are none too exciting, one's tired eyes wander endlessly over the space base sets.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A movie of unexpected pleasures.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The early-going intrigue maintains interest, but once the film starts shamelessly riffing on High Noon, all the excitement fritters away.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012
Creative Loafing

...not a great movie but a reliable one, with another solid performance from Sean Connery, who always makes a staunch, stalwart protagonist of truly heroic proportions.

Full Review… | July 10, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Connery and Boyle are fine, but the wholesale lifting of High Noon's plot certainly undermines interest.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Outland is essentially High Noon in outer space, and one of the most entertaining sci-fi flicks ever made.

January 25, 2006

This harrowing sci-fi flick has mellowed with age over the years, but Sean Connery's performance is still good, and the first couple of acts are still quite engaging.

Full Review… | August 14, 2005

Outland works as a sturdy morality play set uin an unsual environment.

Full Review… | January 31, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Hyams has directed a few sci-fi action thrillers including Capricorn One, Sudden Death, Timecop and 2010. This isn't his best.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4 enjoyable sci-fi action flick.

Full Review… | December 9, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

Exciting science fiction.

Full Review… | January 23, 2002

This not-so-fast paced actioner is worthwhile watching if only for the Alien inspired sets and costumes.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Audience Reviews for Outland

Update the classic High Noon, say, set it in space, cast uber-charismatic Sean Connery as the lead, and lose all that time wasting moral implication stuff = well, two out of three ain't bad. Who knew that all that moral stuff was actually the heart of the piece, and not the action???
And w/o those important considerations, the piece just ain't got the legs.
It does have Sean Connery though.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

A sci-fi version of High Noon set in deep space, with an early 80's vision of the future, a great soundtrack, and some great performances. Connery is great, Sterhagen brilliant and Berkoff at his psychotic best. Underrated by many and passed off as just another sci-fi but it's a really good thriller, a logical progression respectfully done with obvious affection to the original.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

I liked Connery in this, but the story isn't good, and the rest of the cast is forgettable. I don't recommend this movie.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer


High Noon meets Alien with a pinch of noir. Fun and effective. Very watchable. Obviously an influence on the new BSG.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Outland Quotes

You're a dead man.
– Submitted by Jesse K (17 months ago)
Think it over!
– Submitted by Jesse K (17 months ago)

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