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Explorers turns out to be much ado about nothing, but it's so sublimely assembled we're willing to overlook the sappy climax. Young sci-fi geek Ben Crandall (Ethan Hawke) (could he possibly be based on director Joe Dante?) would give anything to travel in space. Thanks to his computer-happy pal Wolfgang Muller (River Phoenix), Ben gets his wish, together with best bud Darren Woods (Jason Presson). In the Great Beyond, the boys encounter an extraterrestrial (Robert Picardo), whose knowledge of earth is limited to what he's gleaned from 1960s TV sitcoms (this is unusual?) Lots of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Explorers itself is bubble-thin, but it glides by gracefully on the charm of its three young heroes and their vividly envisioned adventure in space."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Explorers remains a hopelessly schizophrenic film, obscenely eager to compromise its own originality."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Without an interesting story or characters, special effects aren't enough to sustain a feature film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A terrific little kid flick"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"An enjoyable, quintessentially 1980s science-fiction adventure, full of wit and crafty pop culture references."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"It looks terrific, moves along at a gallop, and is marvellously good-natured."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A strange, wounded beast, filled with wonderful sequences and homemade charm, but also confused and anticlimactic."
‑ Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve
"The offbeat teen comedy gets off to a good start, but when it takes off in space the spoof becomes too alien to be anything more nourishing than junk food for the soul."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The one that started it all! Started what? No idea!"
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"After so much build-up, the ending's a bit of a letdown, but as a kids flick, this is way above average."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Explorers,' which is lively but largely familiar until the point when it reaches its batty pinnacle, frequently shows off Mr. Dante's sense of humor to good advantage."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Their space trip may be familiar, but they make it fun."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"The birth of fanboy culture?"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A family feature on Acid. What a strange, strange film."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Hardly out of this world, but a pleasing spinkle of space dust"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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