Parents' Guide to

Mars Attacks!

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Alien-invasion satire for older tweens and up.

Movie PG-13 1996 106 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 11+

Poorly written film

This film is simply poorly written and doesn’t understand how to do good spoof comedy. None of the A list gets a chance to shine due to the lack of the material and the sheer number of them. Way too many characters! It’s probably fine for 11 and older but it’s not very good.
age 15+


Suitable for teens and adults that collects old b movies on VHS. Can be gory for some, and since this is an Tim Burton movie not for every taste. Nice for a viewing on Halloween with silly space comedies.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (25 ):

Director Tim Burton's dark sense of humor makes Mars Attacks! a must for the sort of young viewer who would rather read Famous Monsters of Filmland than Sports Illustrated. Remember "Sid," the twisted neighbor boy from Toy Story who liked to torture his playthings? This is his sort of alien-invasion film. Adults can enjoy it too, if they don't mind the subversive tone. But with an all-star cast and too many subplots, the movie threatens to turn into a collection of sketch-bits rather than a coherent whole.

Though the Martians are doubtlessly the villains here, you do get a sneaky anti-establishment message -- that the extraterrestrial holocaust will have a positive side effect of exterminating corrupt and worthless authority figures while sparing the cool kids and the few adults who listen to them.

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