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Galaxy Quest (1999)

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89

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 114
Fresh: 102 | Rotten: 12

Intelligent and humorous satire with an excellent cast -- no previous Trekkie knowledge needed to enjoy this one.

86

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 4

Intelligent and humorous satire with an excellent cast -- no previous Trekkie knowledge needed to enjoy this one.

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Movie Info

For four years, the courageous crew of the NSEA Protector donned their uniforms and set out on thrilling and often dangerous missions in space - then their series was cancelled. Twenty years later, the five stars of the classic '70s series "Galaxy Quest" are still in costume, making appearances at sci-fi conventions for legions of die-hard fans - but some of those fans are a little more far out than the actors could have ever imagined. A group of aliens who have mistaken intercepted television

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Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Robert Gordon, David Howard

May 2, 2000

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All Critics (117) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (102) | Rotten (12) | DVD (30)

Effects and production design are splendidly integrated into the overall enterprise, which is even more enjoyable for being so unexpected.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Boldly going where few parodies have gone before.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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The drolleries take precedence over the special effects.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The movie's humor works best when the illogic of the TV show gets in the way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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It's a clever premise but not one that lends itself to an hour and 42 minutes of high jinks.

January 1, 2000 | Comments (2)
Chicago Tribune
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It'll beam you way, way up.

January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A fantastic science fiction comedy

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Hilarious, fast, funny, fresh fun for the family.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Galaxy Quest works not just as a parody or a send-up of a type of film. It works as a basic space adventure as well.

January 9, 2010 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Before Tropic Thunder, there came this clever and satisfying spoof of "Star Trek" and its enduing fan phenomenon.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Despite a premise that sounds far from promising, GALAXY QUEST turns out to be an amusing adventure that ofers both good comedy and reasonably exciting science fiction.

May 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

While gently spoofing the old Star Trek series and honoring it, Galaxy Quest creates and inhabits its own uniquely lovable universe.

May 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

An enormously entertaining pop-culture ride.

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A hilarious spoof of Trek and Trek fandom. While Galaxy Quest could have easily taken potshots at geeks, rather the film acts as more of a celebration of these sometimes misguided devotees.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's hip, it's funny and it is one of the better ensemble efforts -- both in front and behind the camera. I had a fun time.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A frivolous but funny comedy with great special effects and admirable performances. This should become a lasting classic, even for people who don't watch Star Trek, which it so cleverly spoofs.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

A sparkling blend of sci-fi and comedy that affectionately spoofs every Star Trek cliché known to man, Romulan, or Klingon.

December 10, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Relentlessly pokes fun at the rabid fans of sci-fi geekdom and the has-been actors that they deify . . . yet gives the geeks and has-beens get a chance to become real heroes

March 18, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Even if you've never seen a Gene Roddenberry creation, it's still a hoot.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

There are genuinely imaginative special effects which manage to be recognisably in the spirit of the cheesy originals.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Star Trek spoof boldly mocks where no one has mocked before.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

An irresistibly silly, fluffy, giddy bit of fun.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

More frequently than not, however, the screenplay by David Howard and Robert Gordon opts for safe and bland over satiric, leaving us with a movie that's watchable but frustrating since it's so rife with unexplored potential.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Comments (2)
Kalamazoo Gazette

The idea of actors being mistaken for their roles was used in "The Three Amigos," but "Galaxy Quest" mines the comic potential better.

June 18, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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May 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
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Audience Reviews for Galaxy Quest

In all fairness this could easily be an unofficial sequel to the Star Trek franchise, a freak alternate universe thingy hehe. A cool satire or parody of the classic sci-fi franchise that mocks and homages whilst being immensely enjoyable to boot.

I never really thought I would like a Tim Allen film, he's never been my cup of tea and his films aren't exactly gold dust. This has to be his best and funniest film to date with a terrific Shatner type performance as the Captain. I love the way he oozes around the conventions basking in the glory that is he. The show revolves around him, it would fold without him, grasping at all the attention that comes his way...brilliantly done.

The rest of the crew is also created, cast and visualized perfectly. The best for me being Rickman as the tired failed dramatic actor 'Dane aka...'Dr Lazarus'. Alongside Allen with his ego trip Rickman is so so damn hilarious, the way he cringes at all the fans, shuns the ridiculous questions, the attention and rolls his eyes whilst squirming at the geeks that swarm around him.

Kudos to the extras that played the geeks and nerds. I dunno if they were actual fans of Star Trek or general sci-fi (I'm guessing they were) but I'll bet they were regulars to conventions. Whoever they were they really nailed the whole image and reputation these type of folk have . The interaction with Rickman's character in one sequence is flippin' comedy gold!.

The whole crew line up is excellent but the way the film floats between the in-film TV show and the real situation they are all thrown into is sheer quality. Surely the best humour must be how Allen's crew must adapt and recreate how to actually take command of a real starship, fire torpedoes, land, use communications etc...like they pretend to do in their show.

What is really hilarious is how its all so accurate to Star Trek! its so darn close you forget they are taking the piss. I love how Shalhoub tries to explain to Allen that their engine is basically screwed but in the most basic babyish terms he can. The way Rockwell points out that there's a red thingy moving towards the green thingy on the radar screen, and that he thinks they are the green thingy. Also the way he has constant panic attacks as he knows he's the expendable crew member that always bites the dust in these types of situations (redshirt).

The only crew/cast member that I didn't think fit was Weaver as 'DeMarco'. I realise the whole point of her character is she does nothing in their show but poor old Weaver does pretty much nothing in the film also. Its odd to see her so sexed up too, the blonde doesn't suit her methinks, I reckon they should of cast more of a bimbo for that role myself (in reality), space slut played by a real life slut of sorts. Mitchell was another character that didn't have as much of the screen time but the sequences where he's trying to fly the ship, especially as they leave space dock, are priceless.

I don't think it was too hard to nail the look of this film at tall, it only needed rickety sets and the odd bit of CGI. The 'TV in-show' scenes were nicely crafted to look cheesy, the actual sets for the real ship were also slightly leaning towards cheesy so no problems there. CGI in space was average but that went along with the films vision where as the makeup and prosthetics for the evil 'Sarris' by Stan Winston was both childish yet really cool. He pretty much looked like a missing mutant character from a 'TMNT' kids film, a typical action figure type design which kinda looked like the bad guy from 'Suburban Commando'.

Gotta love the way Allen's character slimes his way around 'Sarris' his first time in space yet not realising its all real, yes its obvious humour but come on...its funny stuff.

Such a perfect sent up of Star Trek, if I were one of the real Trek cast I probably would have been rather embarrassed to watch it. Its not suppose to look fantastic and its not suppose to be grand or serious in any way obviously. The humour is very silly, childish in parts yet devilishly wry, dark, sarcastic and ironic in others. If you love Star Trek or sci-fi you can't fail to enjoy this.

'Quellek... by Grabthar's hammer... by the Sons of Warvan... you shall be... avenged'
April 19, 2014
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

A flat-out hilarious mockery of "Star Trek" and how a very similar show fools an entire race of aliens who mistake the show for "historical documents", and need the crew's help to escape a menacing villain. Sure, it tailors to its PG audience at times and comes across as a little corny, but for the most part this is a terrific satire on cult shows that people take way too seriously. Tim Allen is a fine fit as the lead, with Sigourney Weaver proving to possess some versatility in the form of comedy. Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell, and Tony Shalhoub are all also fantastic. Most of all, this movie is insanely re-watchable, maybe that's just me being I was pretty young when I saw this film, so the nostalgic bridge is definitely still firmly intact.
July 26, 2012
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Another one of my favourite Rickman movies, and i do like seeing Weaver and Rickman work together! A very enjoyable sci-fi comedy to love.
Its funny and cringy at times but with great comic timing from all characters involved to make your stomach hurt with laughter!
A very good sci-fi comedy with a fabulous cast!
March 23, 2012
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

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I cannot help but love this movie because it is so integrally linked to my childhood. I was still in primary school when it came out and I remember going to see it with my Mum at the cinema. And as they say the rest is history. As a Trekkie now, as well as a sci-fi addict in general I have to say that I notice jokes watching this intelligently hilarious parody as an adult, that I completley missed as a child. Certainly a no brainer with very little integrity and some cringe worthy cliches, but Galaxy Quest manages to skate close enough to the truth, without ever letting you forget it is a lie. A very good film.
November 6, 2011
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    1. Guy Fleegman: oh that is just not right
    – Submitted by Kenneth V (14 months ago)
    1. Alexander Dane: By Grapthar's hammer, you shall be avenged!
    – Submitted by Daniel H (22 months ago)
    1. Guy Fleegman: HEY! Don't open that! It's an alien planet! Is there air? You don't know!
    – Submitted by Alex W (23 months ago)
    1. Gwen DeMarco: Let's get out of here before one of those things kills Guy.
    – Submitted by Brandon A (23 months ago)
    1. Jason Nesmith: Never give-up, never surrender.
    – Submitted by Daniel R (2 years ago)
    1. Jason Nesmith: Am I too late for Alexander's panic attack?
    – Submitted by The Artist Formerly Known a (2 years ago)
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