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Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)



Critic Consensus: Modern visuals and an old fasioned storyline make this family adventure/comedy a fast-paced, kitschy ride.

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Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Eric Brevig makes his feature directorial debut with this adaptation of the classic Jules Verne fantasy starring Brendan Fraser. When an ambitious science professor (Fraser) develops a decidedly unconventional hypothesis, the mere mention of his name is enough to elicit laughter within the academic community. However, during a subsequent excursion to Iceland, the professor and his nephew make a major scientific discovery that sends them miles beneath the surface of the Earth, where they discover not only strange new worlds, but also encounter creatures so alien they appear to be from another world entirely. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for intense adventure action and some scary moments)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael D. Weiss, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 28, 2008
Box Office: $101.7M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Brendan Fraser
as Trevor Anderson
Josh Hutcherson
as Sean Anderson
Anita Briem
as Hannah Ásgeirsson
Garth Gilker
as Sigurbjörn Ásgeirsso...
Seth Meyers
as Alan Kitzens
Jean Michel Paré
as Max Anderson
Jane Wheeler
as Elizabeth Anderson
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Critic Reviews for Journey to the Center of the Earth

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (37)

Most of the movie, directed by Eric Brevig, is as daft, outlandish, and speedy as it needs to be, and, for all its newfangled effects, touchingly old-fashioned in its reverence for the Jules Verne novel that inspired it.

Full Review… | July 21, 2008
New Yorker
Top Critic

This latest adaptation of Journey to the Centre of the Earth is clean cut entertainment recommended for a family night out, although some scenes may frighten the little ones.

Full Review… | July 22, 2015
Matt's Movie Reviews

Brendan Fraser's physical dexterity and comic timing are laid out in good order here, and "Journey" is pretty much a Frasermobile. Without him, it just doesn't go anywhere.

Full Review… | July 5, 2011
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Journey relentlessly dishes out the action and offers the bespectacled audience plenty of goopy, grabby 3-D jolts, but it all resembles a run of the mill video game. Brevig can't shake the material loose from its unbridled artificiality."

Full Review… | June 2, 2010

Whilst 3D glasses might mask this lapse of originality by putting it all in your face, from a standard visual plane, the creative potential of Verne's novel appears to be inexcusably wasted.

Full Review… | August 2, 2009

Overall, everyone involved does well, but no one besides the 3D is doing much to drop your jaw.

Full Review… | February 11, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Journey to the Center of the Earth


Surprisingly light and easy to watch. completely fantastic fare with decent effects, something kids will enjoy and ooooh and awwwe over.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


The tweeners will appreciate this redo of the Verne classic, filled with special effects galore, from a tweener perspective, but nary a character to relate to at all. Fraser nicely helms this effort w/o effort. Eh.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Here's a perfectly fine, fluffy family movie. Brendan Fraser stars as a science professor who gets stuck with his nephew(Josh Hutchinson) for 10 days. When he is dropped off so is a box of Fraser's late brother Max's'. The box contains a book called "Journey to the Center of the Earth" with notes/directions on how to get to the center of the Earth. So they set off on an adventure to see if the book was real. Shot in 3D(I didn't watch it in 3D), it has a lot of 3D specific special effects, but it never goes too overboard. The effects as a whole, are okay, but nothing spectacular. Well, my one year old did like the dinosaur:-) Really a movie for everyone in the family, as the adults will be entertained, and the kids will be in awe, and love the adventure elements. Perfect for a morning watch when nothing else is on, and you just wanna escape for 90 minutes.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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