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Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 27 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39

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  1. Jun 15, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I think the people who rated this film low,were probably expecting some action film,& dont 'get' what this film is meant to be about,or religious types,who dont their beliefs challenged.This film never claimed to be an action movie.Its a subtle & thought provoking film,that challenges the ideas & presents other theories of what started life on earth.The acting was top notch,& i was gripped from beginning to end.& so what if the Aliens were not bad guys! not every film has to be sinister,& it was refreshing to see the mystery at the end was not sinister at all,but something else.a paragon. Expand
  2. Oct 5, 2011
    I don' really remember the precise details of "Mission to Mars" (I was a kid back then). But I do still remember the wonderful performance of Tim Robbins as well as his prominent sacrifice for his team. Overall, I believe I liked it.
  3. Oct 2, 2012
    Mission to Mars is a nicely detailed science-fiction exploration movie. It harkens back to the spirit of 1950's Sci-Fi, where slimy monsters and gun fire was not an automatic box-check and the simple wonderment of the stars alone was enough to carry a movie. That said, it's best not to look for any sense of realism in Mission to Mars, as just like all those classic 50's flicks, things aren't developed much past Flash Gorden. If however, you feel like an Errol Flynn style voyage of discovery, Mission to Mars is a delightful ride. Expand
  4. Aug 30, 2013
    So, this movie earns the five stars that I gave it entirely through its beautiful (and fairly accurate) portrayal of near-future space exploration technologies. The ships used and the problems (like micro-meteorites) encountered by the ships illustrated fairly plausible space exploration scenarios. The films ancient humanoid progenitors-to-mankind where visually interesting both in their appearance and the majestic appearance of their technology. However, where it loses stars is in its treatment of ethics in the storyline. As the movie progresses towards the great revelation of mankind's (and all Earth lifes') extraterrestrial origin the gruesome deaths of the astronauts in the first quarter of the movie are all but forgotten.

    To me this would have brought up some grave concerns about the ancients. For one, the fact that they built a security system which triggers a bloody, Jigsaw-esque booby trap after one incorrect response to a query that people are unlikely to understand over a billion years after the security system was created makes them either a) incredibly inept or b) horrifyingly cruel. In either event the fact that they only want to explain their history to their direct descendants makes them xenophobic to the extreme. So, why would any of the astronauts want to go visit them?
  5. May 4, 2012
    Brian De Palma au service d'un film de science-fiction, le tout basé sur des faits scientifiques, était un projet des plus alléchants! Malheureusement, il semblerait que le réalisateur soit resté dans la Lune, nous livrant ici un produit bien en-dessous des attentes et de son talent. A commencer par un scénario, plutôt brouillon et un peu trop hollywoodien (sur les bons sentiments), qui empêche de faire croire à ces faits scientifiques (certaines séquences et révélations étant tirées par les cheveux : le ver de sable, la révélation finale, la nature du "son"...). Avec en plus des effets spéciaux inégaux et un Ennio Morricone pas au mieux de sa forme. Mais il faut bien reconnaître que les scènes spatiales sont bien plus intéressantes que les moments sur Mars, superbement réalisées! Et le casting reste honorable. Malgré cela, le film semble incomplet (pour ne pas dire bâclé et parfois grand-guignolesque), se laissant quand même regarder, mais pas avec l'oeil que l'ont aurait souhaité... Expand
  6. Mar 3, 2014
    I enjoyed Red Planet a bit more, because Mission to Mars is a bit less interesting and has sometimes strange background sounds. The ending is also strange. But it has no stereotype characters and a good plot.
  7. Mar 25, 2014
    A space movie that is about hope, awe, and wonder rather than the anti-human-aliens and space-horror fest that has been the norm in this genre for the last 35 years. A rare gem in science fiction cinema.

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 36
  2. Negative: 14 out of 36
  1. 20
    De Palma's film is a mess from its anxious start all the way through to its new-agey end, relying heavily on cribs from Kubrick and Cameron and even the recent "Apollo 13."
  2. One of the most gorgeous science-fiction movies ever - and probably also one of the most realistic in detail and scientific extrapolation
  3. The picture is equally long on eye-dazzling camera work and New Age sentimentality.