Ghosts of Mars
Ghosts of Mars (2001)

Writer and director John Carpenter returns to the mixture of science fiction and horror that made The Thing (1982) a success. Natasha Henstridge stars as Lt. Melanie Ballard of the Martian Police Force, a member of a law enforcement team… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 4, 2001
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21%
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24%



Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars is not one of Carpenter's better movies, filled as it is with bad dialogue, bad acting, confusing flashbacks, and scenes that are more campy than scary.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Written, directed, and edited with the offhand shoddiness of a day worker thinking about his evening beer.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Schlocky, sluggish shoot-'em-up.

Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A rather sturdy modernized mash-up of Assault on Precinct 13 and Escape from New York.

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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz

Someday we're all going to look back on this one and l-a-a-a-augh.

Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

A flawed but worthy effort from an auteur whose near-misses are more entertaining than many others' hits.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Cheesy D grade popcorn guilty pleasure...

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Bruce Fretts
Entertainment Weekly

The acting is so pallid that you're never sure the cast members quite get the jokes.

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

A tired and dispiriting affair that takes forever to get going.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Mad Max Heads for the Angry Red Planet on a Pitch Black Night of the Living Dead.

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Flixster Audience Score: 24% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Yep back near the millennium there was a bit of a Mars movie rush. Alongside a couple other action thrillers earlier in 2000 this horror thriller was obviously… More
Film Crazy
I really enjoyed this movie, i may of enjoyed this movie for al the worng reasons because as storys go this isnt that great as it doesnt explain an awful lot… More
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Alex roy
Ghosts of Mars is a decent John Carpenter outing, but it's clear that Carpenter has run out of ideas for something original in the horror genre. The best… More
Luke Baldock
I wish I could somehow demonstrate how shockingly awful this movie was. I was constantly stricken with the face of a man walking in on a dog on chicken orgy. It… More
Tim Salmons
I've never been a huge fan of John Carpenter. His stuff has always been hit and miss for me. Sure he created some great classic stuff, but Ghosts of Mars… More

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