Mars Attacks! Reviews

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Josh Larsen
April 16, 2014
...a sadistically silly spoof that uses a cheesy ray gun to blow away the tropes of science-fiction past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 19, 2014
Yes, it's over-the-top, but there's a terrifying truth in how politicians would want to spin this or media would want to angle it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Alien-invasion satire for older tweens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
September 1, 2009
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.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 25, 2008
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.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 25, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
August 25, 2008
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.
Rob Gonsalves
September 27, 2007
Burton is at his funniest when the Martians are zapping away like brats playing a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 6, 2007
It has a silly juvenile appeal in its unrelenting and subversive camp satire of the pop culture scene.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
This may not be the best or funniest effort by Burton. It is his biggest, and a lot of fun, too.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
A frantic, funny love letter to an era of entertainment gone by, but also a top-notch example of modern comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Mars Attacks! is packed with memorable sights and hilariously ridiculous ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 19, 2002
When the film's energy kicks in, though, so does Burton's flair for black comedy.
| Original Score: 3/4
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A bizarre combination of eye candy, warped humor, social satire and comedic ultraviolence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
Mars Attacks will keep you laughing from first to last.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
This may not be a Christmas movie, but it sure captures the elusive spirit of the season, and the simple pleasure is contagious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shane Burridge
January 1, 2000
A skewed marriage of mainstream pop and Burton's own eccentricity
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
While Mars Attacks! may not have been as good as it could have been, it is definitely one of the better sci-fi flicks to have headed our way in quite a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alison Macor
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A holiday film with no conscience whatsoever, Mars Attacks! will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it definitely will make you wonder about Earth's ability to defend itself in the face of higher life forms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
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Washington Post
October 18, 2008
Fernando Lopez
La Nación
January 1, 2000

Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
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