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Mars Attacks!

action & adventure, comedy, sci-fi & fantasy


Director TIM BURTON unleashes MARS ATTACKS!, a vicious, affectionate, brightly-colored homage to 1950s alien invasion movies, starring JACK NICHOLSON, GLENN CLOSE and PIERCE BROSNAN

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    52%
  • Audience Score
    53%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Alien-invasion satire for older tweens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know this movie was based on a notorious series of trading cards that were censored for gruesomeness, and director Tim Burton doesn't hold back: abundant cartoony violence includes people being turned into skeletons by a death ray, vivisection (and whimsical re-assembly) of living humans, Martians' brains swelling and bursting, and cruelty to (computer-generated) animals. In addition the filmmakers have added some prostitutes to the blend. There is a subtle anti-authoritarian tone that kids have the smarts to save the world after all the annoying adults are wiped out.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the differences between this movie and Independence Day, and ask kids which one they enjoyed more, and why.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    52%
    reviews counted: 16
    see all Mars Attacks! reviews
  • Audience

    53%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Unfortunately, it's not very good.

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Rotten: Only moderately amusing.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Rotten: A stillborn affair that could have been -- and should have been -- a whole lot hipper and funnier.

- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I love this movie, it's stupid but again it's a goofy comedy, what do you expect? I love how they kill the alien with Sam Whitmore's Indian love call. Classic!

- citawijaya, Thursday, November 4, 2010

3 stars

a really wierd funny movie, its not great but its good. B

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Saturday, July 24, 2010

4 stars

A hilarious take on the idea of an Alien Invasion. While I consider this a comedy, it has a very dark side to it. It is quite violent and surprisingly twisted. The stylized aspect worked well, they were straight out 50s pulp tales. Even the acting was incredibly campy, but it worked very well for the tone of the film.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, January 19, 2010