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Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 155
Fresh: 94 | Rotten: 61

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


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 13

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

Oct 28, 2008


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All Critics (157) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (94) | Rotten (61) | DVD (9)

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.

July 21, 2008 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Perfectly charming as well as predictably eye-popping.

July 11, 2008
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Flat and predictable, though the visuals are often striking.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
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If 3D is indeed the future of movies, we're going to need something more substantial than Journey to the Center of the Earth to convince us.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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If, at this moment, the child next to you grabs your arm and hollers "Duck!", the movie will have been worth the ticket price.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment (1)
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The absence of star charisma in Journey denies the audience some focus in a movie that keeps changing backdrops and is ultimately no more than the sum of its wild-eyed parts.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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."

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

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.

August 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

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

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

...rather juvenile...with many of its shots intended more to show off the 3-D process than to further its story line.

October 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Brendan Fraser's playful force of personality rules, 3D or no 3D, one of the few funny guys who could grab attention away from a dinosaur in assault mode, in the center of the earth or anywhere else on the planet.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

The movie proves the perfect showcase for 3D. I can't say that it does the same for Fraser.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

It's all good clean fun: a rattling good yarn, in fact, with mostly nicely modulated performances from Fraser, Hutcherson and Bream, emphasising confidence, growth, solidarity and self-reliance.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Fraser salvages his reputation as a solid, matinee-style action hero in this family-oriented fantasy.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia) | Comment (1)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Brevig does a barely competent job of imitating the Indiana Jones movies, and seems more hindered than helped by his chosen format...

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Poor Brendan Fraser, he must have known he had nothing to work with here, he looks as if he's sleepwalking through the role, not a career highlight for him.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It's all curiously uninvolving, and it's only Fraser's goofy grin and slapstick physicality that hold any character interest whatsoever.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

As harmlessly entertaining as it is, this journey is a few screams and gasps short of a real 3D thrill ride.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

The utopian ecosystem setting - dominated by lush rainforests and vast oceans - is magnificent to gawk at, and the 3D cinematography makes fine use of the prehistoric wildlife and unexplained phenomena.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

The stars here are the novelties of 3D, which certainly make it fun %u2013 just a tad repetitive for anyone over 25, I suspect

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Giant fossilised mushrooms, flying fish with massive teeth, glowing bluebirds, a rollercoaster ride on an underground mine railway and magnetic floating rocks are some of the ingredients of this 3D adventure take on Jules Verne's classic sci-fi novel . .

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

If you can turn off your mind, and I know that is pretty easy for most of us, then you'll get a kick out of this 3D journey.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

In 2-D, Journey to the Center of the Earth would be okay, I guess, but you'd be more apt to notice the cardboard characters, or the thin plotting, or the way each grave danger seems to be easily solved. In 3-D, however, it's a complete blast.

August 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Colourful good fun on the big screen, especially in 3D. Although only kids will fall for the bloodless violence and corny plot points.

July 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

This flick is strictly kids' stuff, but with the 3D enticement, it makes for an enjoyable, lightweight good time.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for Journey to the Center of the Earth

A pointless and awful adaptation that makes Henry Levin's version (which I did not like) look like a masterpiece. It's tired and badly written, the only thing they got right was to hire Brendan Fraser who is the actor equivalent of a big dumb lovable dog. Why cast the most unlikable boy in the movie business today (Josh Hutcherson) is anyone's guess, does anyone actually like his acting? You'd be better off watching the dozen or so films it rips-off (Temple of Doom, Jurassic Park, etc) or better still, read the book.
February 11, 2013

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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.
December 20, 2012

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.
July 4, 2012
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    1. Sean Anderson: Haven't you ever seen a dinosaur before?
    2. Trevor Anderson: Not with skin on it!
    – Submitted by Brandon M (2 years ago)
    1. Trevor Anderson: What are you doing?
    2. Sean Anderson: I am Googleing at thirty thousand feet.
    – Submitted by Bobby J (3 years ago)
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