Mission To Mars
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Brian De Palma directed this science-fiction suspense story. When the United States sends its first manned mission to Mars, hopes are high for new scientific discoveries, but many of those hopes are dashed when the Mars crew meets an unexplained disaster; three members of the mission are killed, and a fourth (Don Cheadle) loses all radio contact with the Earth. A rescue mission sets out to bring back the one survivor; in the process, they discover that Mars may not be a dead planet after all, and uncover some startling evidence about the fate of their predecessors. The rescue crew includes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite a few breathtaking snapshots en route, it can't quite figure out the aesthetic itinerary -- where it's heading and why."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Mainly coarsens 2001 in its mix of cosmic consciousness and 'naturalistic' product placement."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"So-so sci-fi; may be too intense for some kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The race for the worst movie of the year is on!"
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The too-many-cooks rule applies to this script, which borrows wantonly from sci-fi classics of the past."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"It'll give you an enjoyable tour of the Red Planet, complete with some thrills and sharp computer effects."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A film about space exploration that really knocks your eyes out."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Whatever's shoddy or limp about Mission to Mars, however conspicuous while the film unfolds, all becomes admirably pale as the full viewing experience recedes and the good stuff emerges in proud bas-relief."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Typically, while a good screenplay only requires a single author, this unimaginative, derivative dreck required at least four, even with the massive cribbing from 2001: A Space Odyssey."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"If Brian DePalma's Mission to Mars were a book, it would have a yellow cover and the title '2001 for Dummies.'"
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Mission to Mars is sentimental, corny, and at times irredeemably campy."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"This film is mind boggling and stupid, a derivative piece of doo-doo that's an embarrassment for all involved."
‑ Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com
"Mission to Mars' redemptive coda opened the door for the subsequent film's continuing figurative and literal sanguinity."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"There's some throwaway fancy camerawork at the beginning and a repeat of his shock-shot trick from Raising Cain, but otherwise De Palma's own ride appears to be largely on autopilot."
‑ Philip Strick, Sight and Sound
"It's the waste of the impressive ensemble cast on cheap, pedestrian dialogue and a tabloid-style hypothesis of Martian civilization that makes this Mission impossible to watch."
‑ Francesca Dinglasan, Boxoffice Magazine
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