Forbidden Planet
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Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is transformed in this landmark science-fiction film with groundbreaking special effects. Space men travel to a planet ruled by expatriate Pidgeon who has built a kingdom with his daughter and obedient robot Robby. There the good doctor is plagued by his mad quest for knowledge through his "brain booster" machine, and by Freudian "monsters from the id" as his daughter discovers other men and learns to kiss.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] nifty interstellar meller."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Offers some of the most amusing creatures conceived since the Keystone cops."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The tragicomic tone would have done the Bard proud, and at even only 98 minutes, Forbidden Planet is positively epic."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"Classic '50s sci-fi flick is campy fun."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Still great, relevant sci-fi"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"An engaging 1956 science fiction gloss of Shakespeare's Tempest."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"An ingenious script, excellent special effects and photography, and superior acting, make it an endearing winner."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A smart script and-ahead-of their-time effects elevate this one from a cult classic to a landmark of the genre."
‑ , Film4
"Its most interesting moments are mired in human frailty--in sex, death, betrayal, jealousy, and intoxication."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Even half a century down the line, this movie remains a masterpiece of its genre."
‑ Will Harris,
"Imaginative gadgets galore, plus plenty of suspense and thrills, make the production a top offering in the space travel category."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There's a reason this film is called the granddaddy of all science fiction."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A superb sci-fi flick, Forbidden Planet offers an unusually intelligent script, exciting direction by Wilcox and generally good acting from a decent if rather dull cast."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A cinematic marvel for the ages, Forbidden Planet possesses a look and feel that was far ahead of its time."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
" enduring best-of-breed favorite, a CinemaScope spectacle that's terrifically entertaining, smartly written, memorably cast, briskly paced, and production-designed to the hilt."
‑ Mark Bourne,
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