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6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 53
  2. Negative: 12 out of 53

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  1. Aug 30, 2013
    5
    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 theirSo, 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?
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  2. May 4, 2012
    4
    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,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
  3. Mar 3, 2014
    6
    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.
Metascore
34

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.