This Island Earth
This Island Earth (1955)

For reasons that defy logic, the excellent This Island Earth was held up for ridicule as an allegedly bad movie in the film version of TV's Mystery Science Theater. If not the best science-fiction film of the 1950s, Earth is certainly… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 1, 1955
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Pioneering sf drama about space travel is rich in storytelling, atmosphere, visual design and color.

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Mark Bourne

...even though its increasingly camp elements have aged poorly, it deserves respect as one of the more ambitious, grandiose, and important science fiction adventures of its time.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Slower-moving than it needs to be, but hardly the object of scorn MST3K would have us believe

Rob Humanick

Worth consideration from anyone who enjoys their profundity with a side of cheese.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Pretty impressive sci-fi for 1955, a near classic.

Steven Snyder
Greater Milwaukee Today

An appalling film, but good fodder for the mocking in "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie"

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Intelligently directed by Joseph Newman.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Eye-filling sci-fi, although it's even better as the basis of 'MST3K: The Movie'

Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Inexplicably well-regarded, as ludicrous and simple-minded as they come

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Squarely in the fantasy sci-fi camp (as opposed to the kind of sci-fi based in reality) this 50's romp has the aliens here to enlist our help instead of… More
Aj V
This sci-fi movie is different from most 50s sci-fi movies. The story has to do with aliens bringing Earth scientist to their planet to help them. The… More
jay nixon
What was once probably cutting edge special effects are now laughably awful but for fans of 50's sci-fi that might be just the ticket. Goofy in its… More
Randy Tippy
Fifties sci-fi that's as cheesy as they come. Visitors from outer space recruit a couple of American scientists to assist in putting down an invasion of… More
Michael Gildea
If you're looking for a 50s example of style over substance, you've found it. This Island Earth (I'm still not sure how the title applies to the… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Cheesy as hell. one of those 50s comunist paranoia flicks. despite that, entertaining. view it for its "historical" value.