Lean, muscular and on the money, The Last Days on Mars takes a familiar story and tells it so tautly that we are pleased to be on board.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2013-12-05
The first half plays out by the numbers, with undead astronauts popping open the fragile bubble protecting the crew, but there's some grandeur to the second ...
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2013-12-03
Far more sober than that premise suggests, the unapologetically derivative sci-fi outing doesn't have the scripting muscle to deliver on its early promise. But the solid cast keeps it reasonably gripping nonetheless.
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 2013-05-23
Alas, the film quickly loses its offbeat charm and devolves into a routine monster movie.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2013-12-19
Appealing as that might sound to the walking-dead obsessed, this modest, low-budget sci-fi thriller is fatally lacking in entertainment value.
Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times, 2013-12-13
In the ways that "The Last Days on Mars" is like a horror movies, it's typical, and in the ways it's different, it's mostly flat.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2013-12-12
"The Last Days on Mars" seems like it could deliver ... thought-provoking goods - at least until the plot devolves into Zombies in Outer Space.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 2013-12-12
[A] low-budget, highly predictable, but well-acted Red Planet thriller ...
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2013-12-12
The acting is convincing across the board, especially Schrieber's, despite being saddled with such dialogue inanities as saying "you're gonna be all right" to a crewmate who is zombifying before his very eyes.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2013-12-08
Fails to live up to the awesomeness of its own campy premise.
Sara Stewart, New York Post, 2013-12-06
Although this film presents an interesting cast, they never feel like a crew.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2013-12-06
The Last Days on Mars ultimately confirms what science has already spent billions of dollars establishing: There's just no life here.
Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail, 2013-12-06
Once it turns into a horror movie, "The Last Days on Mars" loses its originality and becomes the usual us-against-them battle between the dead and the undead.
Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2013-12-05
Had The Last Days on Mars had the sort of artistic ambitions that matched the level of its cast, or if it had fully committed to being a fun, trashy, sci-fi monster movie, it'd be a more interesting watch.
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, 2013-12-05
Ruairi Robinson's derivative thriller renders even alien zombification as airless as a vacuum-sealed space capsule.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2013-12-05
Robinson's go-to style for action sequences is a frenetic whirlwind of quick cuts and random angles that makes Michael Bay look like Michael Powell.
Mike D'Angelo, AV Club, 2013-12-05
Here's hoping Robinson adds a little more extra to the terrestrial next time around.
Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York, 2013-12-04
A murkily derivative sci-fi-horror entry that basically amounts to Red Planet of the Dead.
Justin Chang, Variety, 2013-12-02
I had to wonder, could I be watching the next remarkably brainy piece of sci-fi, this year's Moon? But then the first space zombie gutted a concerned colleague with a power drill, and in that moment, I knew exactly what I was in for.
William Goss, MSN Movies, 2013-08-29
A study of just how to screw up what ought to be an awesome movie.
Jordan Hoffman, Film.com, 2013-05-31