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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie Reviews

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

In the theater, whenever Mike, Crow or Tom Servo flub a punchline or resort to a fart joke, you almost want to lean forward and shush them.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 13, 2008
James Berardinelli
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I guess there are some concepts that don't excel in the translation from the small screen to the big one.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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They've hit a fatal snag. The feature they selected happens to be a pretty good one -- certainly much better than Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie by just about any criterion one could think of.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly

My guess is this highly specific art form will not survive this trip from late-night TV to the big screen. Still, fans of this genre should get plenty of what they came for.

Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2003
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

| Original Score: 2/5

August 6, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A bad idea for a TV show becomes a worse idea for a movie.

| Original Score: 0/5

December 4, 2003
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

What is the worst thing that can happen to you in a movie theater? Sitting next to a group of people who not only talk incessantly back to the screen, but who say nothing but inanities and bathroom humor. Well, welcome to your worst nightmare.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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[It's] is a tough call to recommend for everyone. But for a goofy time laughing at stupid comedy with otherwise intelligent people, it might be just the ticket.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

The good news for fans is that MST3K: The Movie, for all its flaws, at least works as an okay facsimile of the real thing.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 4, 2013

TV Guide's Movie Guide

As we were saying to Andy Rooney the other day, don't you just hate it when you go to see some old movie and find the front two rows filled with college students who think they're extremely clever and don't care who knows it?

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 5, 2007

Mike and the droids are adept at poking fun at the bad movies they're forced to watch by evil scientist Dr Forrester (also played by Beaulieu), though This Island Earth is cut above the vast majority of films featured on the original TV show.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 2, 2014
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The incorporated tale of large-craniumed alien scientists, bug-headed mutants and a heavily mascaraed heroine in a pointy-brassiered jumpsuit proves fine fodder for the MST3K writers and performers.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 2, 2014
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

June 4, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Part of the appeal of the program is in the wisecracking. But the movies themselves are also crucial.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Weinberg

Played on the big screens, but it's basically a B+ episode. Stick with Manos & Mitchell.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Eric D. Snider

| Original Score: 4/5

June 9, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie is about a third as funny as it thinks it is. Still, that's pretty funny and about twice as funny as most American comedies these days.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3/4

September 2, 2014
Todd McCarthy
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[The wisecracks], more often than not, don't go over. But those that do still add up to lotsa laughs, and the sheer weight of them eventually builds an atmosphere of mild lunacy that it's useless to resist.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 20, 2008
Brian Orndorf

The translation is a little bumpy, but this is Mystery Science Theater we're talking about here: even a less concentrated effort is guaranteed to be a pants-wetting night of endless laughs and infectious bad movie grimacing.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

May 7, 2008
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