Explorers (1985)

Filled with classic Industrial Light & Magic special effects, Explorers is an adventure for the whole family. The story centers on a trio of boys who adore science fiction and dream of traveling to space. One of them is a computer whiz and… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 12, 1985
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a terrific young cast (including Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix) and some typically energetic work from director Joe Dante, Explorers soars past its '80s kiddie flick competitors with wit, good-looking effects, and tons of charm.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Explorers itself is bubble-thin, but it glides by gracefully on the charm of its three young heroes and their vividly envisioned adventure in space.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Explorers remains a hopelessly schizophrenic film, obscenely eager to compromise its own originality.

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TV Guide

Without an interesting story or characters, special effects aren't enough to sustain a feature film.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It looks terrific, moves along at a gallop, and is marvellously good-natured.

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

A strange, wounded beast, filled with wonderful sequences and homemade charm, but also confused and anticlimactic.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The offbeat teen comedy gets off to a good start, but when it takes off in space the spoof becomes too alien to be anything more nourishing than junk food for the soul.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Explorers,' which is lively but largely familiar until the point when it reaches its batty pinnacle, frequently shows off Mr. Dante's sense of humor to good advantage.

Peter Travers
People Magazine

Their space trip may be familiar, but they make it fun.

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Josh Larsen

The birth of fanboy culture?

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Ben Crandall: We come in peace. "The adventure begins in your own back yard." Explorers is a pretty good little sci-fi children's movie, and… More
Conner Rainwater
A kooky 80s classic about kid space exploration and aliens. Sure it makes little sense from a logistical standpoint, but it doesn't matter when it's… More
Phil Hubbs
Another classic kids flick from a time when imagination seemed to flow like a waterfall, made a year before 'Flight of the Navigator' and along the… More
danny d
one of those classic films from my childhood that i am now excited to share with me kids. early ethan hawke, and even better, early cindy mancini, this is one… More
Tim Salmons
An extremely fun little movie, even it is hampered a bit by the knowledge of "what could have been." I personally would love to see Paramount do a… More
Jason Owens
Rather uninspired and boring to me, especially when compared to other River Phoenix films and ones in this genre from the time period.