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  • Summary: The extraordinary story of the astronauts of the Mars Recovery Mission, the nearly insurmountable dangers that confront the heroic crew on their journey through space, and the amazing discovery they make when they finally reach Mars. (Touchstone Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 36
  2. Negative: 14 out of 36
  1. One of the most gorgeous science-fiction movies ever - and probably also one of the most realistic in detail and scientific extrapolation
  2. 63
    I can't recommend Mission to Mars.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    You can feel the movie going wrong in the first scene.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    All such good intentions collapse by the third act, when Mission to Mars becomes a tediously late pastiche of chimerical nonsense from the early 1980s.
  5. 38
    A $100 million production of a 10-cent script, is so clunkily written, so bereft of any engaging ideas or emotions, you'd think De Palma would have sneered at it on first reading and passed
  6. It features well-below-par writing, acting, direction, special effects and music, while oozing a nauseating New Age sentimentality that undermines any tension in the underlying story.
  7. It's an experience as frustrating as watching Jeff Gordon drive a stock car through a bowl of oatmeal.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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
  3. DerekS.
    Oct 6, 2008
    I felt the movie was underplayed because of the ending. Overall the movie was good, though the acting in some parts was a little wooden. Special effects were top notch and I liked the premise. Expand
  4. 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. Collapse
  5. 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. Expand
  6. 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?
  7. 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

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