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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
September 2, 2014
For many, a little of this joking will go a long way; devoted fans, however, will wish for a double-bill. Count me closer to the latter group.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
September 2, 2014
There are still enough bad makeup jobs, pretentious lines, and coy sexual situations to give the chattering puppets plenty of fodder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 2, 2014
If you're in the mood for some knuckleheaded comedy at the expense of -- in mad scientist Dr. Forrester's words -- "a stinky cinematic suppository called This Island Earth," then get thee to some place playing MST3K.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Janet I. Tu
Seattle Times
September 2, 2014
It's a fun enough way to pass the time. And fans of the TV version of MST3K certainly won't be disappointed. But it would be just as much -- if not more -- fun watching it in your own living room with a bunch of rowdy pals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 2, 2014
[MSTies] can rest assured that the movie is about as funny as a typical episode of the show that is, pretty darn funny in a sly and satirical sort of way. For others, the movie can serve as a good introduction to the whole MST3K phenomenon.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 2, 2014
As the gags pile up remorselessly, and the viewer strains to keep up with the story line and the cutting subtext, a furious but benign apnea takes hold. You can't enjoy a good long laugh because you'll miss too much.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
You still feel that every delirious allusion, every snidely on-the-mark observational quip, is tickling a different part of your cerebral cortex. Yet the movie lacks the manic highs of the show's best episodes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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John F. Kelly
Washington Post
June 5, 2007
So, how does movie differ from TV show? The answer is, thankfully, not a lot.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Helping to make these pleasantries funny is their spur-of-the-moment quality, the same quick spontaneity that characterizes chance remarks overheard at raucous movie houses. Capturing that bright and unexpected quality is what the MST3K crew does best.
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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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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January 1, 2000
The illusion that it's just a bunch of wiseguys making fun of a movie is what prevails. It's a pretty impressive special effect.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
From the opening spoof of 2001: A Space Odyssey to the end-credit yuks, MST3K:TM seizes your funny bone like a rabid mongoose and never lets go.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
One of the film's more likable aspects is its certainty that nothing's sacred.
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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
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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.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A flat-out hilarious celebration of B-moviemaking mastery.