The Last Days On Mars Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
December 19, 2013
Alas, the film quickly loses its offbeat charm and devolves into a routine monster movie.
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
December 13, 2013
Appealing as that might sound to the walking-dead obsessed, this modest, low-budget sci-fi thriller is fatally lacking in entertainment value.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 12, 2013
In the ways that "The Last Days on Mars" is like a horror movies, it's typical, and in the ways it's different, it's mostly flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
December 12, 2013
"The Last Days on Mars" seems like it could deliver ... thought-provoking goods - at least until the plot devolves into Zombies in Outer Space.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 12, 2013
[A] low-budget, highly predictable, but well-acted Red Planet thriller ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 8, 2013
The acting is convincing across the board, especially Schrieber's, despite being saddled with such dialogue inanities as saying "you're gonna be all right" to a crewmate who is zombifying before his very eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
December 6, 2013
Fails to live up to the awesomeness of its own campy premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 6, 2013
Although this film presents an interesting cast, they never feel like a crew.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
December 6, 2013
The Last Days on Mars ultimately confirms what science has already spent billions of dollars establishing: There's just no life here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2013
Lean, muscular and on the money, The Last Days on Mars takes a familiar story and tells it so tautly that we are pleased to be on board.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 5, 2013
Once it turns into a horror movie, "The Last Days on Mars" loses its originality and becomes the usual us-against-them battle between the dead and the undead.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
December 5, 2013
Had The Last Days on Mars had the sort of artistic ambitions that matched the level of its cast, or if it had fully committed to being a fun, trashy, sci-fi monster movie, it'd be a more interesting watch.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 5, 2013
Ruairi Robinson's derivative thriller renders even alien zombification as airless as a vacuum-sealed space capsule.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
December 5, 2013
Robinson's go-to style for action sequences is a frenetic whirlwind of quick cuts and random angles that makes Michael Bay look like Michael Powell.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 4, 2013
Here's hoping Robinson adds a little more extra to the terrestrial next time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
December 3, 2013
The first half plays out by the numbers, with undead astronauts popping open the fragile bubble protecting the crew, but there's some grandeur to the second ...
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 2, 2013
A murkily derivative sci-fi-horror entry that basically amounts to Red Planet of the Dead.
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William Goss
MSN Movies
August 29, 2013
I had to wonder, could I be watching the next remarkably brainy piece of sci-fi, this year's Moon? But then the first space zombie gutted a concerned colleague with a power drill, and in that moment, I knew exactly what I was in for.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
May 31, 2013
A study of just how to screw up what ought to be an awesome movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
May 23, 2013
Far more sober than that premise suggests, the unapologetically derivative sci-fi outing doesn't have the scripting muscle to deliver on its early promise. But the solid cast keeps it reasonably gripping nonetheless.