Lost in Space
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This $90 million science fiction adventure is adapted from the television series, created by Irwin Allen, which originally ran on CBS from 1965 to 1968. The original series employed a Swiss Family Robinson in outer space premise; sent to colonize a planet in the Alpha Centauri system, the Robinson family was thrown off course by a stowaway and was left wandering from planet to planet (and changing along the way from a black-and-white series to a color series). The 1998 remake is set in the year 2058, when the United Global Space Force sends Professor John Robinson (William Hurt) and family --… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

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"A galactic slump of a movie that stuffs its travel bag with special effects but forgets to pack the charm."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Much of the movie plays like a live-action video game, and the sequel-ready ending feels akin to falling off a cliff. But with its appealing mix of heart and adventure, Lost in Space is great fun for children of the '60s or the '90s."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Lost in Space glides along smoothly on special effects and punchy editing. At about the one-hour mark, however, the movie abandons itself to the noise, chaos and empty spectacle of the new-style Hollywood blockbuster, where story ceases to matter."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Lost in Space isn't so much a movie version of an old TV show as a mind-blowing, multi-media video game that threatens to blast audiences into submission with bleeps and blips, fiery explosions, clever gizmos and ear-splitting sound effects."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"The actors are good sports. The standout, inevitably, is Gary Oldman."
‑ M.V. Moorhead, New Times
"After seeing Lost in Space, my first impulse was to say that it had been made by a bunch of sorcerers' apprentices who didn't know how to tell a story with their high-tech tools. But why give apprenticeship a bad name?"
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Time-travel cliches... dialogue that's neither self-mocking nor serious, and an ostentatious though not particularly exciting production design keep the movie from taking off."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"The overreachers who made this super-scale mess failed to realize one essential truth about great science-fiction cinema: Sometimes the low road is the best road, even in outer space."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun
"The movie's father-son dynamics smack of too much therapy and some of the effects have an insubstantial computer-generated look, but the whole thing is fun for 11-year-olds of all ages."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A charmless if flashy affair."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"The new robot is a disappointment. Instead of the endearingly low-tech fireplug of yore that warned Will Robinson of encroaching danger, the new machine is all bells and whistles and no fun at all. Kinda like the movie itself."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"Once again an idea for a big budgeted feature film has been pulled from old issues of TV Guide."
‑ Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com
"These Robinsons should have gone into therapy, not space."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"It's too long and a bit clunky, the special effects sometimes slip, and the plot seems at times to be made up as it went along. But Lost in Space remains appealing, with a great robot, a genuine sense of adventure and a good bit of ambition."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"Watching Lost in Space was akin to trying to run underwater."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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