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: 55% 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.

Mark Salisbury
Empire Magazine

A giddily madcap, surreal, sardonic satire that sets out to be deliberately cheesy.

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Ryan Gilbey
Independent (UK)

The science-fiction comedy Mars Attacks! is a contrived B-movie pastiche with some spicy ingredients alien to other Tim Burton films: attitude, cynicism, misanthropy.

Caroline Golum
Screen Slate

Mars Attacks! may well be the last whiff of that Burton magic so cherished by generations of angsty teens.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Oh, those Martians! They are funny, mean little buggers, and they're worthing checking out.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The cast is so large that most of the actors don't stick around very long, but each has his or her moment to shine.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Director Tim Burton fashions a hilariously twisted form of the alien invasion movie by skewering every silly sci-fi flick that ever had a budget smaller than its brain.

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Peter Rainer
New Times

It's a destructo orgy without any phony-baloney sanctimony about the fellowship of man -- or spaceman.

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David Ansen

Both a tribute to schlock sci-fi and a deconstruction of it, this sleekly cheeseball $70 million production is all attitude. It's not Burton's best by a long shot, but I came out smiling.

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Kathi Maio
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Mars Attacks! plays its loony action for intentional laughs.

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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