Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
The cult television series Mystery Science Theatre 3000 transfers its brand of science-fiction wisecracking to the big screen with relatively few changes. The concept is the same in series and film: an innocent man (Michael J. Nelson, playing Mike Nelson) is stranded in outer space by a mad scientist, who subjects the poor slob to "experiments" that involve watching the worst movies ever made. In order to survive this cinematic torture, Mike and his two companions, sarcastic robots Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, mercilessly heckle the film in self-defense. In this case, the target is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"[The wisecracks], more often than not, don't go over. But those that do still add up to lotsa laughs, and the sheer weight of them eventually builds an atmosphere of mild lunacy that it's useless to resist."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"One of the film's more likable aspects is its certainty that nothing's sacred."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"You have to love Best Brains for doing their best to reward the fans."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The TV show might be funnier but this is pretty solid introduction to the MST3K phenomenon."
‑ , Film4
"As we were saying to Andy Rooney the other day, don't you just hate it when you go to see some old movie and find the front two rows filled with college students who think they're extremely clever and don't care who knows it?"
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"So, how does movie differ from TV show? The answer is, thankfully, not a lot."
‑ John F. Kelly, Washington Post
"Part of the appeal of the program is in the wisecracking. But the movies themselves are also crucial."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This Island Earth is actually a GOOD movie ... For the first (and last) MST motion picture, the honor should have gone to a universally acknowledged turkey like Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster or Ed Wood's immortal Plan 9 from Outer Space."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"In the theater, whenever Mike, Crow or Tom Servo flub a punchline or resort to a fart joke, you almost want to lean forward and shush them."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Anything Mystery Science puts a smile on my face!"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Helping to make these pleasantries funny is their spur-of-the-moment quality, the same quick spontaneity that characterizes chance remarks overheard at raucous movie houses. Capturing that bright and unexpected quality is what the MST3K crew does best."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"I guess there are some concepts that don't excel in the translation from the small screen to the big one."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The good news for fans is that MST3K: The Movie, for all its flaws, at least works as an okay facsimile of the real thing."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"The translation is a little bumpy, but this is Mystery Science Theater we're talking about here: even a less concentrated effort is guaranteed to be a pants-wetting night of endless laughs and infectious bad movie grimacing."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Sophomoric laughs, sure, but funny."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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