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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: 80%

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"For many, a little of this joking will go a long way; devoted fans, however, will wish for a double-bill. Count me closer to the latter group."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"It's a fun enough way to pass the time. And fans of the TV version of MST3K certainly won't be disappointed. But it would be just as much -- if not more -- fun watching it in your own living room with a bunch of rowdy pals."
‑ Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times
"Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie is about a third as funny as it thinks it is. Still, that's pretty funny and about twice as funny as most American comedies these days."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Fans (O.K., MSTies) will find new and larger sets and slightly better special effects."
‑ Jonathan Takiff, Philadelphia Daily News
"Mike and the droids are adept at poking fun at the bad movies they're forced to watch by evil scientist Dr Forrester (also played by Beaulieu), though This Island Earth is cut above the vast majority of films featured on the original TV show."
‑ Scott Hamilton and Chris Holland, Radio Times
"There are still enough bad makeup jobs, pretentious lines, and coy sexual situations to give the chattering puppets plenty of fodder."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"[MSTies] can rest assured that the movie is about as funny as a typical episode of the show that is, pretty darn funny in a sly and satirical sort of way. For others, the movie can serve as a good introduction to the whole MST3K phenomenon."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The show provides a prodigious number of giggles, and it's so short (well under 90 minutes) that you'll have plenty of time to rent the original This Island Earth and test out wisecracks of your own."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The incorporated tale of large-craniumed alien scientists, bug-headed mutants and a heavily mascaraed heroine in a pointy-brassiered jumpsuit proves fine fodder for the MST3K writers and performers."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"You have to love Best Brains for doing their best to reward the fans."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"If you're in the mood for some knuckleheaded comedy at the expense of -- in mad scientist Dr. Forrester's words -- "a stinky cinematic suppository called This Island Earth," then get thee to some place playing MST3K."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"As the gags pile up remorselessly, and the viewer strains to keep up with the story line and the cutting subtext, a furious but benign apnea takes hold. You can't enjoy a good long laugh because you'll miss too much."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The film is a vindication of bad taste, and of the principle that mocking well is the best revenge."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"This may only be a moderately funny example of the movie-spoofing series, but this MST3K feature is still the funniest movie to appear in theaters this year."
‑ , People Magazine
"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
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