This Island Earth
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For reasons that defy logic, the excellent This Island Earth was held up for ridicule as an allegedly bad movie in the film version of TV's Mystery Science Theater. If not the best science-fiction film of the 1950s, Earth is certainly one of the most intelligent and elaborate. The story begins when the image of Exeter (Jeff Morrow), a huge-domed scientific genius from the planet Metaluna, appears on an experimental 3D television screen. Exeter invites several noted scientists from around the world to work on a top-secret project at Exeter's earthly mansion. Among those accepting the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pioneering sf drama about space travel is rich in storytelling, atmosphere, visual design and color."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"...even though its increasingly camp elements have aged poorly, it deserves respect as one of the more ambitious, grandiose, and important science fiction adventures of its time."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Slower-moving than it needs to be, but hardly the object of scorn MST3K would have us believe"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Big budget, elaborate sci-fi. Nice to look at, but rather slow."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Worth consideration from anyone who enjoys their profundity with a side of cheese."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"Pretty impressive sci-fi for 1955, a near classic."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"An appalling film, but good fodder for the mocking in "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie""
‑ Steven Snyder, Greater Milwaukee Today
"Intelligently directed by Joseph Newman."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Eye-filling sci-fi, although it's even better as the basis of 'MST3K: The Movie'"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Inexplicably well-regarded, as ludicrous and simple-minded as they come"
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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