Dark Star
Dark Star (1974)

John Carpenter directed this wigged-out spoof of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film originally began as a 45-minute U.S.C. student film project by Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon that was eventually expanded into a feature length production.… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: April 1, 1974
DVD Release Date: March 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A loopy 2001 satire, Dark Star may not be the most consistent sci-fi comedy, but its portrayal of human eccentricity is a welcome addition to the genre.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

By introducing human eccentricities into the cold structure of SF, Carpenter creates a vision of the technological future that is both disillusioned and oddly affirmative in its insistence on the unscientific survival of emotional frailty.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

There are some funny routines here, though Mr. Carpenter doesn't seem to have cared much about integrating or sustaining them.

Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... a grungy, darkly humorous declaration that, in the end, boredom and human slovenliness trumps technology and high ideals.

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Variety Staff

The dim comedy consists of sophomoric notations and mistimed one-liners.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A berserk combination of space opera, intelligent bombs, and beach balls from other worlds.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

It wouldn't be a cult classic if everybody liked it, now would it?

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Time Out

Sheer delight.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An enjoyable lightweight outer-space hippie spoof.

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Fernando F. Croce

John Carpenter's guerilla undermining of the pomposity of space odysseys

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
lame spoof
Aj V
Carpenter's first movie is a dud! It's supposed to be a spoof of 2001, but it's even more boring, as the jokes are obvious and unfunny. I hated… More
Sophie Burgess
I suppose it would have been entertaining for its time (despite Star Wars) and I did find it a slow but thoughtful and interesting piece. I can see the… More
Conner Rainwater
It's really sad, I wanted to like this movie so much. You'd think a sci-fi John Carpenter movie would be at least fun, but this is really just a lame… More
Ken Stachnik
Probably the best space satire featuring a crazed beach ball. Loved the ending.
Daniel Mumby
John Carpenter has earned a reputation as a director who constantly breaks the rules of Hollywood cinema. From the unexplained serial killing of Hallowe'en… More