Mars Attacks!
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This quirky science fiction comedy is a characteristic feature by iconoclastic director Tim Burton, known to moviegoers for Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. The storyline affectionately harkens back to the deadpan sincerity of such '50s and '60s science-fiction films as The Day the Earth Stood Still and War of the Worlds. Flying saucers have been reliably seen over the capitals of the world, and the whole world awaits with bated breath to see what will transpire. Among those waiting is the President of the United States (Jack Nicholson), who is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

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"Perhaps they don't create quite enough deeply funny earthlings to go around, but a thoroughly meanspirited big-budget movie is always a treasurable rarity."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Just a parade of scattershot gags, more often weird than funny and most often just flat."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"...a sadistically silly spoof that uses a cheesy ray gun to blow away the tropes of science-fiction past."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Tim Burton's tribute to the B sci-fi-alien genre of the 1950s is sharply uneven, but the top-notch cast, dark humor, and production values offer some pleasure."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Since the movie is obviously designed to be a larky romp through low-culture cheese, it may seem mean-spirited to complain that in the end Burton's spectacle is a bit hollow."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"oaded with wit, nifty little ideas and an extraordinary sense of design, but its allure is of quite a particular nature, much closer to that of Ed Wood than of Burton's earlier, and far more commercially successful, works."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Only moderately amusing."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Yes, it's over-the-top, but there's a terrifying truth in how politicians would want to spin this or media would want to angle it."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Alien-invasion satire for older tweens and up."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Burton's only failure."
‑ , Film4
"Unfortunately, it's not very good."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Hilarity never seemed so tedious."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"An over directed and poorly written farce..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The pinko commie Independence Day, Burton's film orders an invasion of little green men not to reinvigorate our all-American bloodlust, but to make us look like complete and utter boobs."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Burton is at his funniest when the Martians are zapping away like brats playing a video game."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
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