Lost in Space Reviews

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 17, 2014
A galactic slump of a movie that stuffs its travel bag with special effects but forgets to pack the charm.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 17, 2014
After seeing Lost in Space, my first impulse was to say that it had been made by a bunch of sorcerers' apprentices who didn't know how to tell a story with their high-tech tools. But why give apprenticeship a bad name?
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 17, 2014
The new robot is a disappointment. Instead of the endearingly low-tech fireplug of yore that warned Will Robinson of encroaching danger, the new machine is all bells and whistles and no fun at all. Kinda like the movie itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 17, 2014
Much of the movie plays like a live-action video game, and the sequel-ready ending feels akin to falling off a cliff. But with its appealing mix of heart and adventure, Lost in Space is great fun for children of the '60s or the '90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
September 17, 2014
Time-travel cliches... dialogue that's neither self-mocking nor serious, and an ostentatious though not particularly exciting production design keep the movie from taking off.
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September 17, 2014
Once again an idea for a big budgeted feature film has been pulled from old issues of TV Guide.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
September 17, 2014
Lost in Space glides along smoothly on special effects and punchy editing. At about the one-hour mark, however, the movie abandons itself to the noise, chaos and empty spectacle of the new-style Hollywood blockbuster, where story ceases to matter.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 17, 2014
If all you want is special effects, you may have come to the right galaxy. But if you're looking for old-fashioned goofiness, you'll be shouting, "Beam me up, Scotty!'' Or whatever the Lost in Space equivalent of that is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun
September 17, 2014
The overreachers who made this super-scale mess failed to realize one essential truth about great science-fiction cinema: Sometimes the low road is the best road, even in outer space.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 17, 2014
The film is set 60 years from now, yet its vision of the future is badly dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
September 17, 2014
These Robinsons should have gone into therapy, not space.
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John Krewson
AV Club
September 17, 2014
[Lost In Space features] a horrible, horrible computer-generated space-pet creature that's a cross between a leech and a boiled howler monkey.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
September 17, 2014
Lost in Space isn't so much a movie version of an old TV show as a mind-blowing, multi-media video game that threatens to blast audiences into submission with bleeps and blips, fiery explosions, clever gizmos and ear-splitting sound effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 17, 2014
The movie's father-son dynamics smack of too much therapy and some of the effects have an insubstantial computer-generated look, but the whole thing is fun for 11-year-olds of all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
September 17, 2014
It's too long and a bit clunky, the special effects sometimes slip, and the plot seems at times to be made up as it went along. But Lost in Space remains appealing, with a great robot, a genuine sense of adventure and a good bit of ambition.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
September 17, 2014
Boasting state-of-the-art gimcracks and a solid cast, the motion picture lifts off easily enough. Only it's not long before you realize that mission control forgot to load the Tang.
M.V. Moorhead
New Times
September 17, 2014
The actors are good sports. The standout, inevitably, is Gary Oldman.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 17, 2014
I don't know about you, but my eyes glaze like doughnuts when people start time-traveling, showing up in two places at once, or one place twice -- which is what happens here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
September 17, 2014
A charmless if flashy affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 17, 2014
Watching Lost in Space was akin to trying to run underwater.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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