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Red Planet Review

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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

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

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    You can always judge a sci-fi thriller by its aliens. What does Planet offer -- Space roaches.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Watching the movie, it's hard to imagine why anyone would dream of going back there.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    The slogan for Red Planet could be "In space no one can hear you yawn."

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    To like that kind of story is to like this kind of movie.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Teens may enjoy this by-the-book space thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that young teens will enjoy this by-the-book space mission thriller, but there are perilous situations and some mature content, so we recommend it for only the most mature in this group. Parents should be aware of some strong language, brief female nudity, and sci-fi violence.

  • Families can talk about the real-world explorations of Mars.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: One astronaut hits another, causing him to fall off a cliff. AMEE the robot, in military mode, fights with the astronauts, killing one and injuring another. Sensitive viewers will squirm when roachlike bugs swarm over astronauts' bodies and break through

  • sex false3

    Sex: Brief partial nudity when the female commander gets out of the shower.

  • language false3

    Language: Infrequent mild to moderate profanity and one extreme expletive near the end.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The astronauts use the ship's lab to distill vodka.