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The directorial debut of horrormeister John Carpenter comes in the way of Dark Star a parody of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, 2001--A Space Odyssey. The story follows four hippyish techno-nerds in their mission through deep space to destroy planets and ward off boredom and loneliness as they attempt to hold on to what little they can remember of Earth. When their weapons system malfunctions, they are forced to deal with a "smart" bomb trapped in the launching mechanism, and the acting captain must debate phenomenology with the device in order to dissuade it from destroying them… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"There are some funny routines here, though Mr. Carpenter doesn't seem to have cared much about integrating or sustaining them."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"... a grungy, darkly humorous declaration that, in the end, boredom and human slovenliness trumps technology and high ideals."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Hats off nonetheless to young whippersnapper John Carpenter, whose studenty tale of space tedium, aliens and molasses-black humour remains approximately a thousand times better than the director's last 15 years."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
"Isn't nearly as funny as it once was...but it nonetheless has its amusing moments."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"The dim comedy consists of sophomoric notations and mistimed one-liners."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A berserk combination of space opera, intelligent bombs, and beach balls from other worlds."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It wouldn't be a cult classic if everybody liked it, now would it?"
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Uneven but enjoyable."
‑ , Film4
"Conta com idéias e momentos interessantes e divertidos, mas a precariedade técnica acaba comprometendo a experiência."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Sheer delight."
‑ , Time Out
"An enjoyable lightweight outer-space hippie spoof."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"John Carpenter's guerilla undermining of the pomposity of space odysseys"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"An intermittently hilarious satire on 2001."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's the wonderful combination of sly humor and intelligence that characterizes Carpenter's best work."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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