“The film is a well judged blend of humour, fantasy, adventure and wish fulfilment, enjoyable by kids and adults alike.
“ I really enjoyed it at the theater and so did my parents at the time.
“ An exciting romp into the limitless imagination of childhood.
“ My Take: Special effects-laden, but mostly dull juvenile affair.
“Over all, the film is very entertaining.
“ and The Goonies gave me, that's one thing i love about 80's movies they use to have new and exciting stories of materials used or nor used before with a unique style, the kids were wonderful in the movie and special effects very good for the time it was made, i love how River Phoenix refers to Poltergeist when he imitates the little girl by saying.."They're Here"...
“ Well-written, imaginative, exciting, beautiful film that could stand on par with anything Spielberg has done.
“Probably still worth watching - that is, if you prepare yourself for a climax that really sucks!
“ Hawke is disheartened by their incoherence, but realizes that they're so confusing because human life makes no sense to them (e.
“It certainly has its sweet charms, I think Ethan Hawke right away had an engaging screen presence (as far as untrained child actors go).
“ Explorers is a fun and inventive science fiction comedy that just happens to lend good time to being a cool, coming of age tale covering a number of adolescents hobbling along in lives chock-full of social awkwardness; high-school strife and imperfect relationships with parents.
“ The film starts out sweet and energetic, watching the three outsiders come together and the process of building their unique space-travel machine is exciting, funny and imaginative.
“ It is a good movie to fall asleep to.
“ bored, bullied and sexually frustrated, while his intellectual curiosity is lived vicariously through his science nerd best friend Wolfgang, Ethan Hawke's tween-geek character finds himself bored with the predictability of life on our planet and longs for adventure in a vastly larger universe.
“Ok, not only does this movie make almost nooooo sense, it is completely pointless.
“ it is awfully vast and seemingly empty.
“ Dante directs these scenes very well, the dream sequences have a surreal, engaging beauty, and there is a refreshing lack of over-sentiment in the dialogue exchanged by our heroes.
“" says one bored tweener to another on a lazy afternoon while looking at the sky.
“ While the creature effects were rather mundane, virtually everything else in the film was pretty cool, even if it does look silly today.
“ everything about this movie shouts quality the effects are superb and even now the basement lab seen with the small ball is visually stunning.
“ Sadly, it's the budget deficit that prevents EXPLORERS from being a true genre classic, but you can still rely on Dante to deliver an entertaining movie for the most part.
“ That's the perfect movie to show to your 8 year old son on a boring/raining sunday afternoon.
“ Young Ethan Hawke has the central role, and he's rather engaging whipping up ideas for cosmic travel--and enjoying every minute of it.
“conundrums are fascinating and often what prompts us philosophically and inquisitively.
“ The cast of tykes, (fresh-faced Hawke, in particular, with lots of lively enthusiasm) are game enough and the "kids leaving their current mundane existence for a great adventure" formula is universal..how most of us as kids fantasized about participating in a journey of some kind, a way of escaping an unhappy or unfulfilling childhood.
“ And the more it sinks in, I enjoy the message more about why the aliens are how they are; come to think of it, it has more in common with The Twilight Zone than your typical 80s coming of age saga.
“ Phoenix is enjoyable thanks to his cool geek character nice to see that American school cliché being turned around.
“Overall then this is an enjoyable family sci-fi for about 80 minutes then for the last 20 minutes it is an annoying and stupid mess with a basic message made in a weak way.
“ During the 2/3, it is original, fresh, imaginative, creative, clever, very enjoyable and timeless.
“When meeting the aliens, one learns to not take so much for granted, one has an unexpected adventure and flirtation with a troublesome girl alien, and one learns to believe more in himself and also learns a bit more empathy for his dad after meeting the father of their alien friends.
“ Sub-Spielberg relic with too many bored pre-teens...
“ Three friends, who love anything to do with aliens, UFO's and space, watch late night movies like "The War of the Worlds" and fall asleep with the TV on.
“ Maybe "Explorers" isn't anything special, but it's still pretty fascinating.
“ This entertaining film displays emotion , sense of irony , ordinary schoolroom antics , parental troubles , puppy love , rip-roaring adventure and results to be pretty funny .
“ It took the movie on a slightly different tangent, but it was totally entertaining and I thought it fit.
“ I love how one of the kids had a dream about designing a circuit board, and after creating it realizes it creates a spherical force field that has virtually no speed limit, and is impossible to slow down (blasting through an entire stack of books with ease, leaving a perfect hole).
“ The movie in question being the young adult Sci-Fi adventure Explorers (1985) directed by the ever entertaining Joe Dante.
“ Overall, this film is worth watching if you catch it on TV.
“ I had the pleasure of seeing this movie with my parents when I was ten and I really enjoyed it.
“ But this part is too long and drawn out and, by this point, really detracts from all the niceties of the earlier half of the film: of Ben having his dream, of the boys exploring that magic little blue ball, and then of taking it all for a test ride afterwards.
“ The "climax" is too long and rather uncomfortable (and hardly a climax).
“ Fantastic, imaginative, entertaining--halfway through.
“ It's such a great build-up to an exciting adventure...
“ Explorers was a fun movie to watch when I was young, and it's still entertaining to watch as an adult.
“ Ben (Hawke) is the latter of those three, a kid with a wild imagination and a quirky tendency to fall asleep during these warm summer nights with the windows wide open and the television still blasting out old sci-fi movies such is his nature to read; live and breathe both science fiction and extra terrestrials to the point of exhaustion.
“ probably, also by a certain amount of dissatisfied boredom with their current surroundings.
“ Worth watching!
“ It's fun and entertaining.