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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
Violence
5 out of 5
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

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: 2
    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

Fresh: The film's penchant for repetition is faithful to its '50s source material and is the very quality that turns Mars Attacks! into such a marvelously unstable comedy.

- Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A superb cast including Jack Nicholson, Danny Devito and Tom Jones is topped with the unique humour that is created by Tim Burton. While the Martians are cruel, the have some superb scenarios that may unsettle you or have laughing along with it. Think of 'Mars Attacks!' as a tribute to B-Movies of the 1950's and you may enjoy this.

- samoriley, Sunday, September 9, 2012

4 stars

A superb cast including Jack Nicholson, Danny Devito and Tom Jones is topped with the unique humour that is created by Tim Burton. While the Martians are cruel, the have some superb scenarios that may unsettle you or have laughing along with it. Think of 'Mars Attacks!' as a tribute to B-Movies of the 1950's and you may enjoy this.

- samoriley, Sunday, September 9, 2012

1 star

Burton intended this as an homage to a bad thing that was not taken seriously by anyone in the first place - and this dreadful movie only shows that he took the idea too literally. As a parody it is even worse, not bad enough to be good and with an idiotic humor that hardly works.

- blacksheepboy, Wednesday, August 15, 2012