Mars Attacks!
Mars Attacks! (1996)

This quirky science fiction comedy is a characteristic feature by iconoclastic director Tim Burton, known to moviegoers for Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. The storyline affectionately harkens back to… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 13, 1996
DVD Release Date: June 24, 1997
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tim Burton's alien invasion spoof faithfully recreates the wooden characters and schlocky story of cheesy '50s sci-fi and Ed Wood movies -- perhaps a little too faithfully for audiences.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Perhaps they don't create quite enough deeply funny earthlings to go around, but a thoroughly meanspirited big-budget movie is always a treasurable rarity.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Just a parade of scattershot gags, more often weird than funny and most often just flat.

Josh Larsen

...a sadistically silly spoof that uses a cheesy ray gun to blow away the tropes of science-fiction past.

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Todd McCarthy

oaded with wit, nifty little ideas and an extraordinary sense of design, but its allure is of quite a particular nature, much closer to that of Ed Wood than of Burton's earlier, and far more commercially successful, works.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Only moderately amusing.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Yes, it's over-the-top, but there's a terrifying truth in how politicians would want to spin this or media would want to angle it.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Unfortunately, it's not very good.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Hilarity never seemed so tedious.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An over directed and poorly written farce...

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Yaaa-hooo! Now here's a alien movie for ya, yessiree! Burton's half-tribute, half nudge in the ribs to the old sci-fi of the 1950's not only does… More
Samuel Riley
A superb cast including Jack Nicholson, Danny Devito and Tom Jones is topped with the unique humour that is created by Tim Burton. While the Martians are cruel,… More
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Carlos Magalh„es
Burton intended this as an homage to a bad thing that was not taken seriously by anyone in the first place - and this dreadful movie only shows that he took the… More
Chris Weber
This may be one of Tim Burton's more underrated and lesser films, but this zany homage to cheesy 50s alien invader films is nonetheless very well done,… More
Lucas Martins
Tim Burton's trash parody of Sci-fi picture from the 50's is a kinda funny and scary black comedy, but the script is not very entertaining and make… More