Settlers - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Settlers Reviews

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June 19, 2021
Settlers has a lot of familiar genre antecedents, but not much of a clue of what to do with them.
July 22, 2021
There's plenty of potential that remains in the work of Rockefeller and Settlers might have succeeded with a bigger budget, but for now it's best to leave this science fiction effort far behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 26, 2021
There might be slightly more beneath the surface than a Virgin Galactic rocket or Amazon-funded BezosShip in this drama, but it's hard to find gold within when there's nothing inside but inert red dust all around.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
July 22, 2021
Settlers, the impressively realized directorial debut of Wyatt Rockefeller, has all of the elements on the core science fiction checklist, it is properly a western.
July 31, 2021
[It] seems like it was an idea that was originally conceived as a short film, but somehow it got stretched into dull junk that trudges to an unsurprising and lackluster end ... There are plenty of better and more memorable movies about life on Mars.
July 30, 2021
Everything feels derivative and there's no real narrative heft to cling on to.
July 22, 2021
Succeeds only in telling a clumsy cautionary tale of homesteading and violence on the planet Mars.
July 24, 2021
Settlers is so bare in world-building details that its characters float untethered, and a major mid-film reveal seems like a narrative shortcut.
July 20, 2021
The thing about withholding plot information is that you must generally divulge that which you've held back at some point. [Rockefeller] never does.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
July 22, 2021
It also finds room for some decent human drama ... And yet, by the end of the film, I struggled with feeling like I got much out of this.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
July 27, 2021
The power of suggestion is always a plus, but the film maintains a frustrating minimalist tack, with a lack of specificity that leaves its larger themes to dissipate into the expanse.
July 30, 2021
Settlers may well appeal to those who prefer their science fiction a bit more grounded and thoughtful but the film's glacial pace and lack of momentum suck the life out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 24, 2021
At first, Settlers is intriguingly atmospheric, but the film's lack of concrete detail eventually becomes needlessly frustrating for viewers.
July 23, 2021
Ultimately, though, Settlers is more about setting a mood and painting a picture of hopelessness than explaining what happened before the story...it feels incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 21, 2021
Rockefeller hopes to detail his dramatics in the dead air of this effort, coming up with something just short of interesting, though technical achievements are outstanding for an obviously low-budget offering.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 30, 2021
There is life on Mars and it's a godawful small affair, according to this determinedly sombre sci-fi film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 23, 2021
Even though it does not really work, as they say, Settlers does at least offer viewers the chance to witness the beginnings of a filmmaker whose obvious talents and ambitions will hopefully pay off before too long.
July 23, 2021
A somber drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 23, 2021
It has all of the human drama. It has the stress and the tension and the emotion, but it doesn't give any of the backstory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 23, 2021
As a result, we're left to wonder whether these characters aren't playing a terrible end game...
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