Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
For Marshal O'Neil (Sean Connery), the Jupiter moon Io is just another dingy mining town on the final frontier. When his wife leaves him and takes their son with them, it merely confirms that though he's traveled millions of miles, his life is going nowhere. Then he notices that miners are dying in strangely psychotic ways -- walking in space without spacesuits, carving up prostitutes. With the help of Dr. Lazarus (Frances Sternhagen), his investigation reveals that the miners are ingesting a lethal drug that speeds their work efforts. He learns that the company that runs the town is… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While there are several mile-wide plot holes and one key under-developed main character, the film emerges as a tight, intriguing old-fashioned drama that gives audiences a hero worth rooting for."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A movie of unexpected pleasures."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Connery and Boyle are fine, but the wholesale lifting of High Noon's plot certainly undermines interest."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Outland works as a sturdy morality play set uin an unsual environment."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Exciting science fiction."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The failure of director-writer Peter Hyams to put any weight whatever behind the moral issues (crude as they are) makes this merely violent nonsense."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The early-going intrigue maintains interest, but once the film starts shamelessly riffing on High Noon, all the excitement fritters away."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Outland is essentially High Noon in outer space, and one of the most entertaining sci-fi flicks ever made."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"Hyams has directed a few sci-fi action thrillers including Capricorn One, Sudden Death, Timecop and 2010. This isn't his best."
‑ , Film4
"This not-so-fast paced actioner is worthwhile watching if only for the Alien inspired sets and costumes."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Because both dialogue and direction are none too exciting, one's tired eyes wander endlessly over the space base sets."
‑ , Time Out
"...not a great movie but a reliable one, with another solid performance from Sean Connery, who always makes a staunch, stalwart protagonist of truly heroic proportions."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"This harrowing sci-fi flick has mellowed with age over the years, but Sean Connery's performance is still good, and the first couple of acts are still quite engaging."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"...an enjoyable sci-fi action flick."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
More reviews for Outland on Rotten Tomatoes