An over directed and poorly written farce...
Tim Burton's tribute to the B sci-fi-alien genre of the 1950s is sharply uneven, but the top-notch cast, dark humor, and production values offer some pleasure.
| Original Score: C+
Alien-invasion satire for older tweens and up.
| Original Score: 4/5
The pinko commie Independence Day, Burton's film orders an invasion of little green men not to reinvigorate our all-American bloodlust, but to make us look like complete and utter boobs.
Perhaps they don't create quite enough deeply funny earthlings to go around, but a thoroughly meanspirited big-budget movie is always a treasurable rarity.
Since the movie is obviously designed to be a larky romp through low-culture cheese, it may seem mean-spirited to complain that in the end Burton's spectacle is a bit hollow.
| Original Score: 3/4
oaded with wit, nifty little ideas and an extraordinary sense of design, but its allure is of quite a particular nature, much closer to that of Ed Wood than of Burton's earlier, and far more commercially successful, works.
Burton's only failure.
Burton is at his funniest when the Martians are zapping away like brats playing a video game.
It has a silly juvenile appeal in its unrelenting and subversive camp satire of the pop culture scene.
| Original Score: B-
Unfortunately, it's not very good.
This may not be the best or funniest effort by Burton. It is his biggest, and a lot of fun, too.
| Original Score: B
A most unpleasant surprise to all those who based their expectations on Burton's previous work.
| Original Score: 3/10
Just a parade of scattershot gags, more often weird than funny and most often just flat.
A very disappointing effort by director Tim Burton.
| Original Score: 1/4
A frantic, funny love letter to an era of entertainment gone by, but also a top-notch example of modern comedy.
Only moderately amusing.
It's got attitude, goodness knows; it has stars by the fistful; and it certainly was made with technical skill. What it doesn't have is enough of a story to fill an hour and 46 minutes.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Mars Attacks! is packed with memorable sights and hilariously ridiculous ideas.
When the film's energy kicks in, though, so does Burton's flair for black comedy.
| Original Score: 3/4