EW Staff
April 26, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
73 minutes
performer
Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu
director
Jim Mallon
author
Michael J. Nelson
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B+

It feels bigger than the original show — and smaller, too. Here, as in any of the program’s 120-odd episodes, we watch a grade-Z movie — in this case, the 1954 utopian sci-fi potboiler This Island Earth — unspools in its entirety. In the corner of the screen sits our defense against the trash: three silhouetted figures, a space prisoner (Michael J. Nelson) and his robot pals, who supply an exuberantly sarcastic running commentary on the awfulness of what we’re seeing. MST3K: The Movie has more than its share of gonzo laughs. It turns out, though, that when you take the show out of the living room, transforming it into cinema, the sophomoric devilry seems less casual in its glee. B+

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