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Mission to Mars Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
So-so sci-fi; may be too intense for some kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
July 14, 2009
Whatever's shoddy or limp about Mission to Mars, however conspicuous while the film unfolds, all becomes admirably pale as the full viewing experience recedes and the good stuff emerges in proud bas-relief.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
August 27, 2006
Mission to Mars' redemptive coda opened the door for the subsequent film's continuing figurative and literal sanguinity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The race for the worst movie of the year is on!
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Typically, while a good screenplay only requires a single author, this unimaginative, derivative dreck required at least four, even with the massive cribbing from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Strick
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
There's some throwaway fancy camerawork at the beginning and a repeat of his shock-shot trick from Raising Cain, but otherwise De Palma's own ride appears to be largely on autopilot.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The too-many-cooks rule applies to this script, which borrows wantonly from sci-fi classics of the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
If Brian DePalma's Mission to Mars were a book, it would have a yellow cover and the title '2001 for Dummies.'
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Francesca Dinglasan
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
It's the waste of the impressive ensemble cast on cheap, pedestrian dialogue and a tabloid-style hypothesis of Martian civilization that makes this Mission impossible to watch.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Despite a few breathtaking snapshots en route, it can't quite figure out the aesthetic itinerary -- where it's heading and why.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 7, 2002
Bears the distinct imprint of helmer De Palma, still one of the best visualists to work in the action/adventure genre.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
The film just doesn't offer anything new to the genre, so why bother making it?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
Silly, turgid and devoid of even the hints of original thinking, Mission to Mars is a testament to shameless creative theft.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Widgett Walls
April 2, 2001
All I can really say for the film is this: they meant well.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Andrew Howe
Film Written Magazine
April 2, 2001
Avoid at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
February 15, 2001
I gave up on this barren mission before it ever left earth.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
There doesn't seem to be an original moment in the entire movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The film is worthwhile only to those who are in desperate need of a nap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
January 1, 2000
Mission to Mars establishes a new gold standard for embarrassing alien encounters.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's as if the director, the gifted Brian De Palma, rises to the occasions but the screenplay gives him nothing much to do in between them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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