Settlers

critic Reviews

, 54% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Settlers is serious to a fault, but viewers seeking a non-sensationalistic look at space colonization may find this a rewarding voyage.
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    Larushka Ivan-ZadehTimes (UK)
    There is life on Mars and it's a godawful small affair, according to this determinedly sombre sci-fi film.
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    Linda MarricNew Scientist
    Above all, what sets this production apart from the rest is its unflinchingly honest and bleak view of the human condition.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    Settlers isn't perfect: some of the storytelling beats aren't hit as clearly as they could have been. But it's a quietly impressive piece of work.
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    Cordova has to navigate an incredibly tight channel to bring all of this across, and while he isn't entirely successful, watching him make the attempt is still frequently exhilarating.
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    Roxana HadadiPolygon
    Settlers is so bare in world-building details that its characters float untethered, and a major mid-film reveal seems like a narrative shortcut.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Ultimately, though, Settlers is more about setting a mood and painting a picture of hopelessness than explaining what happened before the story...it feels incomplete.
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    Richard von BusackSF Weekly
    It's a film without villains, only deluded or deceptive men, and it ends in a ferocious stalemate that counters the Biblical view of a man's duty to settle and dominate a bleak land.
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    Jeremy AspinallRadio Times
    It's a sombre affair that even a helpful WALL-E-type droid can't lighten, but the mystery is teased out enticingly thanks to ambient mood music from Nitin Sawhney.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    [It] seems like it was an idea that was originally conceived as a short film, but somehow it got stretched into dull junk that trudges to an unsurprising and lackluster end ... There are plenty of better and more memorable movies about life on Mars.
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    Robert W. ButlerButler's Cinema Scene
    When it comes to envisioning and creating a tangible world, Setters is terrifically seducive.
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