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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

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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Positive messages
0 out of 5
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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®

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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

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

This may be one of Tim Burton's more underrated and lesser films, but this zany homage to cheesy 50s alien invader films is nonetheless very well done, hugely entertaining, and a whole lot of gleefully campy fun. It's actually rather dark and a little gruesome (this is a Burton film overall), but it comes across as kind of shocking since it is supposed to be a tribute film. The spirit of the old stuff remains, just in a revamped and glossy form better fit for the 90s. Still though, there's a lot of good gags, and the overall look and special effects are just awesome. As a bonus, they still hold up pretty nicely, too. The star studded cast is pretty awesome, and they generally do a good job, and it's clear they're having a lot of fun and not taking themselves too seriously, and that's a good thing. Probably the best part of the cast for me, besides the inclusion of two blaxploitation stars, is the inclusion of the voice of Slim Whitman, which is used to great effect in a wonderfully inspired solution to the problem of the invading aliens. All in all, a fun movie I definitely recommend.

- cosmo313, Tuesday, November 27, 2012

3 stars

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

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Saturday, July 24, 2010