Dark Star
Dark Star (1974)

This parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey finds four astronauts and two talking computers on an extended mission to destroy planets on the outer reaches of the galaxy. While waiting to reach their destination, they indulge in various pranks.… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 16, 1999
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
79%
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User Score
67%


Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A loopy 2001 satire, Dark Star may not be the most consistent sci-fi comedy, but its portrayal of human eccentricity is a welcome addition to the genre.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

By introducing human eccentricities into the cold structure of SF, Carpenter creates a vision of the technological future that is both disillusioned and oddly affirmative in its insistence on the unscientific survival of emotional frailty.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

There are some funny routines here, though Mr. Carpenter doesn't seem to have cared much about integrating or sustaining them.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... a grungy, darkly humorous declaration that, in the end, boredom and human slovenliness trumps technology and high ideals.

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Variety Staff
Variety

The dim comedy consists of sophomoric notations and mistimed one-liners.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A berserk combination of space opera, intelligent bombs, and beach balls from other worlds.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

It wouldn't be a cult classic if everybody liked it, now would it?

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Time Out

Sheer delight.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An enjoyable lightweight outer-space hippie spoof.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

John Carpenter's guerilla undermining of the pomposity of space odysseys

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
lame spoof
Aj V
Carpenter's first movie is a dud! It's supposed to be a spoof of 2001, but it's even more boring, as the jokes are obvious and unfunny. I hated… More
Sophie Burgess
I suppose it would have been entertaining for its time (despite Star Wars) and I did find it a slow but thoughtful and interesting piece. I can see the… More
Conner Rainwater
It's really sad, I wanted to like this movie so much. You'd think a sci-fi John Carpenter movie would be at least fun, but this is really just a lame… More
Ken Stachnik
Probably the best space satire featuring a crazed beach ball. Loved the ending.
Daniel Mumby
John Carpenter has earned a reputation as a director who constantly breaks the rules of Hollywood cinema. From the unexplained serial killing of Hallowe'en… More