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Lost in Space (1998)

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33

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 6

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audience

24

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 173,205

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Movie Info

This $90 million science fiction adventure is adapted from the television series, created by Irwin Allen, which originally ran on CBS from 1965 to 1968. The original series employed a Swiss Family Robinson in outer space premise; sent to colonize a planet in the Alpha Centauri system, the Robinson family was thrown off course by a stowaway and was left wandering from planet to planet (and changing along the way from a black-and-white series to a color series). The 1998 remake is set in the year

Oct 6, 1998

New Line Home Entertainment

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All Critics (72) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (35) | DVD (21)

I was never a big fan of the original TV show, so this movie didn't slay any sacred cows for me.

January 19, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Strictly for fans of the TV show or sci-fi buffs.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...the motion picture tries hard to recapture that former tone, and, yes, even retains the same lines.

September 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The casting splits you down the middle -- you don't know whether to be grateful that you at least have good actors to watch, or to regret that they're given nothing to do.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

It's a special-effects bonanza with space battles, spider aliens and virtual reality sequences, but this remake of the popular 1960s TV series seriously lacks humor.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

The acting is generally average, but Stephen Hopkins's directing is virtually non-present.

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

Sloppily slapped-together blockbuster wannabe.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

As TV-to-movie adaptations go, 'Lost In Space' is probably one of the more respectable entries in the field, with expensive production values adding a classy sheen to what's essentially cheesy material.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

A hodgepodge of influences and devices without its own look or effective narrative structure.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

One expedition that should have been scrubbed long before the final countdown.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Lost in Script

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

Able to exist on its own terms as an imaginative and active space adventure, while still catering to fans of the original

January 1, 2000 Full Review
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It's a ride, nothing more.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

Mildly entertaining outer space adventure marred by some atrocious performances.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Lost in Space

Hey you remember Matt LeBlanc? he was in 'Friends' for virtually the entire of the 90's and just like Jennifer Aniston he simply can't shake his 'Friends' persona, yes...him -_-

So this is an adaptation of the rather lame US TV series of the same name which always kinda seemed like a rip off of 'Star Trek' with kids. Being you typical 90's action flick the film is chock full of terrible cgi from a really nasty looking space alien monkey thing to lots of shockingly bad looking light/space effects.
There is a combination of model work which in places does look reasonable but alas most other areas of the film such as the sets are really poor and rubbery in appearance, whilst costumes are merely dull and unoriginal.

The plot is a complete jumbled jigsaw of a mess involving the age old notion of time travel, unfortunately you really have to have a tight plot to pull this off annnnd this doesn't. You don't care about any of the characters down to stale acting, Lacey Chabert looks as if she's been swimming the whole time and is oddly quite sexy with her squeaky voice, she was 16 at the time I believe, should I be locked up?. Even Hurt can't inject quality into this pantomime, Oldman fares somewhat better but there really isn't anything he could of done.

The original series was camp family space age fun so of course the film was never gonna be serious sci-fi but clearly they wanted it to be semi serious. This was the problem because the whole thing is basically a cartoon or as I like to think of it 'Batman and Robin' in space...with Matt LeBlanc who was clearly added to capitalize on his moment in the limelight. Just another attempted fast food franchise rolled off the Hollywood factory line, badly conceived, poorly made and vanished into obscurity.
April 24, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Lost in Space is a fairly decent film. I first saw it when it was originally released, and I expected to hate it. However, I was surprised. The cast are good here, and they are good to watch on-screen. Though the film is not perfect, Lost in Space is a decent, entertaining film that will appeal to anyone looking for a good Sci Fi yarn. This film will most likely appeal to fans of the TV series, instead of straight forward Sci-Fi film fans. I didn't hate this film, but it was almost a dud for me. There's entertaining bits here and there, but by the time the credits roll, you realize that there's something missing to really make this film truly good. Director Stephen Hopkins crafts a decent film for sure, but this is an imperfect film that could have been much better. The film has script limitations and it's evident that the film has a strained feel right from the get go. The film manages to be entertaining, but it's not quite perfect. I liked the film for what it was, but it could be so much better than this. If you enjoy Sci Fi films then this is a must see, however it has plenty of imperfections, and like I said so many times before; this film could have been better. But for the most part, this is an entertaining film that anyone might like if you're in the right mood. Lost in Space is enjoyable and manages to be a fun, entertaining two hours despite all its flaws. Like I stated, this film will probably appeal more to fans of the show, I never seen the show, but I thought it was pretty decent for what it was. The film isn't as bad as people have claimed it would be; I have seen far worst than this.
January 1, 2012
TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

This is, of course, the film adaptation of the TV series from the 60s. Most adaptations from TV in this decade have failed to meet our expectations, but I think this is one of the better ones. It's exciting, entertaining, and it has a bunch of good actors.
November 21, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

Lotsa money and big name talent, and so what could go wrong? How about trying to be too many things to too many people? The elements are there, particularly the element that wishes to speak to the fans of the old tv series, but eventually it all disintegrates into a jumble of all too much.
October 8, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

    1. Will Robinson: You could help him; you're a doctor!
    2. Dr. Zachary Smith: Yes... I'm a doctor.
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