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Rita Kempley - Style section, "Sadly empty exercise."

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Only moderately amusing."


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'Mars Attacks!'

Scene from this movie When a squadron of flying saucers is detected heading toward Earth, the American president (Jack Nicholson) consults with his top military brass, press secretary (Martin Short) and a scientist (Pierce Brosnan). Concluding that the aliens' impending arrival is a positive thing for mankind, he announces the news in a fireside TV broadcast. The world awaits these Martians with eager anticipation.

Things pick up considerably when the Martians come. Pretending at first to come in peace, the hostile visitors fire on a large crowd of well-wishers then, on a second visit, attack the U.S. Congress. The world realizes it's time to kick some alien butt. But first, the invincible Martians' weaknesses need to be identified. -- Desson Howe
Rated PG-13


Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Jack Nicholson; Glenn Close; Annette Bening; Pierce Brosnan; Danny DeVito; Martin Short; Sarah Jessica Parker; Michael J. Fox; Rod Steiger; Jim Brown; Lisa Marie; Paul Winfield
Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Filmographies: Jack Nicholson; Glenn Close;
Annette Bening; Pierce Brosnan;
Danny DeVito; Martin Short;
Sarah Jessica Parker; Michael J. Fox