Red Planet

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34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics What's this?

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Universal acclaim- based on 86 Ratings

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  • Summary: Mission Commander Kate Bowman (Moss) is the pilot and commander of the most important mission of the 21st century: saving the human race. It's 2050, Earth is dying, and colonizing Mars is the only alternative to obliteration. (Warner Bros.)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 11 out of 27
  1. 75
    To like that kind of story is to like this kind of movie.
  2. 50
    It does boast loads of cool gadgetry and some impressive special effects. It's not much, but at least the movie always gives you something to look at.
  3. Fails to generate the elementary visceral thrills we've come to expect from science-fiction thrillers, let alone a compelling human drama.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    40
    Moss -- in her first big role since "The Matrix" -- is the main reason to see Red Planet, a badly written and visually scenic space opus.
  5. 38
    The characters aren't convincingly written, rarely if ever behave like believable humans, and consequently don't matter to us in the least.
  6. A leaden, skimpily plotted space-age Outward Bound adventure with vague allegorical aspirations that remain entirely unrealized.
  7. There still is no life on Mars. Red Planet is airless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Patrickb
    Aug 2, 2008
    10
    Best Mars movie there is. Some unrealistic science facts.. yeah.. but also some part of it IS realistic and fun to watch, I especially like Best Mars movie there is. Some unrealistic science facts.. yeah.. but also some part of it IS realistic and fun to watch, I especially like the ship design how they actually make an artificial intelligence and make it work with G-forces, oh well. Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm writing because I absolutely loved this movie and cannot for the life of me understand why the user scores, at least, are not much higher. It has a fine cast, excellent production values, mostly credible science, an intriguing and suspenseful plot mixed with action that is not for its own sake, a theme of survival and accomplishment in a bleak universe that is very serious, and some credible romance at the end. Just wonderful. This is a classic, right up there with "The Fifth Element", watchable again and again over the years. I confess that there is a major credibility glitch at an important turn in the plot -- with a lot of equipment already on the ground, nobody saw to it that there was an oxygen detector to report that they weren't all going to die after all. They could have injected a word or two saying that their oxygen detectors were fried in the solar flare that caused their premature escape launch to the planet. But I don't care. I supplied that piece of information myself. As for the critics, always remember what a bunch of snobs they are, save for a few with eclectic tastes, notably here the great Roger Ebert (long may he liv). Anytime I see a great disparity between the user scores and the critics', I know that either Metacritic isn't counting the latter fairly (which often happens) or the users have seen the worth of a movie the critics were blind to. We should be grateful that a movie like this was made. I sure am. Expand
  3. Feb 28, 2016
    8
    Most movie critics are hard against Red Planet because of its standard characters and modest dialogues, giving it as low as 3 or 4 points fromMost movie critics are hard against Red Planet because of its standard characters and modest dialogues, giving it as low as 3 or 4 points from 10. From my point of view Red Planet is definitely not as bad as that. I would give it (only) 2 points bellow max 10 and its drawbacks are two:

    - there are quite a few unrealistic moments in the movie (breathable atmosphere made by bugs impossibly fast; lifting off from Mars in an old, unpressurized sample return vehicle and others);

    - some things the movie left unexplained (for example - how the habitat got destroyed?).

    Despite those minuses, Red Planet has got the best visuals of Mars for over a decade when modern Martian movies came out (totally crappy, but visually enjoyable "The Last Days on Mars" and of course gorgeous "The Martian").
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  4. Mar 3, 2014
    7
    Red Planet has interesting characters and a pretty good story about trust, love and the future of mankind. I don't know what the critics areRed Planet has interesting characters and a pretty good story about trust, love and the future of mankind. I don't know what the critics are talking about. Expand
  5. Jul 18, 2013
    6
    Predictable yet entertaining despite a few factual errors, ropey CGI and missteps, not as stupid and clichéd as you might have heard. SomePredictable yet entertaining despite a few factual errors, ropey CGI and missteps, not as stupid and clichéd as you might have heard. Some nice design elements and an excellent soundtrack by Graeme Revell! Features numerous tropes popular in films of its kind; mission goes t*ts up 20 minutes in? Check. Noble sacrifice? Check. Could have been better, but decent fare for what it is. Expand
  6. TM
    Sep 10, 2007
    1
    A basic tenet of scifi flicks is that they should at least get the science right. Great ones take accurate science and extrapolate to create A basic tenet of scifi flicks is that they should at least get the science right. Great ones take accurate science and extrapolate to create fantastic but not improbable results. This movie can't even bother to get the genetic code right (A,G,T,P???)or to figure out that insects aren't nematodes much less be creative about life and human existence might happen on Mars. Expand

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