Christmas on Mars (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Christmas on Mars (2008)



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Movie Info

The film takes place during Christmastime on Mars, as the colonization of the Red Planet is underway. But, when an oxygen generator and a gravity control pod malfunction, Major Syrtis and his team fear for the worst. Syrtis hallucinates about the birth of a baby, and many other strange things. Meanwhile, a compassionate alien superbeing arrives, inspiring and helping the isolated astronauts.


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Critic Reviews for Christmas on Mars

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

Warmth and humor, Flaming Lips calling cards, are nowhere to be found.

October 31, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

This mostly black-and-white, dreamlike yuletide fable does possess its own dorky DIY charm.

September 22, 2008 | Full Review…

Many rock bands have a moment when they flirt with cinema, but the best efforts are...endearingly ragged projects, destined for cult status. For the Oklahoma group the Flaming Lips, that movie is Christmas on Mars.

September 12, 2008 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It's mainly pregnant with pauses that too frequently suck all the fun/oxygen out of each scene, like some art-film parody.

September 10, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Christmas on Mars


This could've used some editing. And some acting. There are some great (budget) visuals, and disturbing, creepy atmosphere, but nothing else worth mentioning. It's the type of film one should watch high in order to enjoy it to it's fullest. Unfortunately, I was stone sober and this movie was pretty much a challenge to sit through.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer


haha, oh the Flaming Lips, we love you.

Kyle Meisch
Kyle Meisch

Super Reviewer

It really has that cheesy 50s-60s sci-fi film feel, with all the purposefully cheap sets, and (possibly purposeful) bad acting. You also have that snail's pace that is common of the sub-genre, but within the slow movement you actually have some serious mood being built. The film is shrouded in a heavy, creepy, and dreamlike feel that really sucks you in. It's no Kubrick, but it's still one heck of an experiment.

Patrick Dolan
Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer

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