Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

In this film, based on the television series, Evil Dr. Forreseter plans to take over the Earth by subjecting people to an endless barrage of bad 1950s sci-fi films. Test subjects Mike Nelson and his robots are not easily brainwashed and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 19, 1996
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie may be thin and uneven, but it's hilarious in enough of the right spots to do the show's big-screen transition justice.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Janet I. Tu
Seattle Times

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.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

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.

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

There are still enough bad makeup jobs, pretentious lines, and coy sexual situations to give the chattering puppets plenty of fodder.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

[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.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

The film is a vindication of bad taste, and of the principle that mocking well is the best revenge.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
From the cult TV series, a man and his two robots trapped in space mock one of the worst movies ever made--only in the one-off feature version the film is THIS… More
David Ladd
If you, the viewer, are not familiar with Mystery Science Theater 3000, better known as MST3K, I recommend that you rent/buy/borrow, beg, or steal tapes and… More
Lewis C.
I love Mystery Science Theater, but the movie version does not compare well with the television series. This Island Earth just doesn't offer many… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
It's not my brand of humour. Their commentary during bad B-films I didn't quite find funny. It was hard watching some of the movies they showed.
David S
My first exposure to the MST franchise, I had to watch it a second time around to get it better (first time was at night on tv when I was half-asleep) and… More
Cindy I
Hilarious! If you're a fan of the show this is a must-see. And see it even if you're not. A little bit racier than TV, as they could get away with… More