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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie Reviews

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 13, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
I guess there are some concepts that don't excel in the translation from the small screen to the big one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
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.
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
August 6, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 4, 2003
A bad idea for a TV show becomes a worse idea for a movie.
| Original Score: 0/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
[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 | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
September 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5

TV Guide
June 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 2, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
September 2, 2014
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 4, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Part of the appeal of the program is in the wisecracking. But the movies themselves are also crucial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Played on the big screens, but it's basically a B+ episode. Stick with Manos & Mitchell.
| Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
June 9, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
September 2, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
May 20, 2008
[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.
Brian Orndorf
May 7, 2008
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 | Original Score: A-
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