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Mission to Mars Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    34

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    In the presence of profound questions, the filmmaker goes profoundly shallow.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    You can feel the movie going wrong in the first scene.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I can't recommend Mission to Mars.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    One of the most gorgeous science-fiction movies ever - and probably also one of the most realistic in detail and scientific extrapolation

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  • See all Mission to Mars reviews at Metacritic.com

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 8+

So-so sci-fi; may be too intense for some kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that characters are in peril and there are a number of tense moments and several deaths, one graphic. Creationists will also be upset by the way the plot develops.

  • Families can talk about the choices made by the characters, including one who commits suicide to save the lives of others, and about the prospects of space exploration and colonization. And it is worth pointing out to kids who watch today that they are the same age as the characters in the movie, who would have been children back in the year 2000. Point out the brief home movie footage showing two of the characters circa 2000, around 11 years old, and already dreaming of going to Mars, and ask kids what their dreams are, and help them think about what they will need in order to get there.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Characters in peril, some killed.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Mild.

  • language false2

    Language: A few strong words.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking.

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