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Journey to the Center of the Earth Reviews

Stephen Garrett
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Cole Haddon
Film.com
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C+

May 6, 2011
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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 Source: New Yorker

July 21, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Perfectly charming as well as predictably eye-popping.

July 11, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Flat and predictable, though the visuals are often striking.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

July 11, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

July 11, 2008
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 11, 2008
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Journey shows that Brevig knows exactly what visual effects can do -- and more important, what they can't.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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A movie that's faithful to an idea, and to a sense of adventure, more than to a specific work.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

July 11, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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I don't know if 3-D could improve all movies (nothing could make The Love Guru funny) but it sure works here.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Journey may be an utterly weightless movie, but in the end it floats rather nicely.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It has a just-rebellious-enough kid, just-goofy-enough hero, a cute competent heroine and plenty of bumper-car chase scenes and house-of-shocks surprises.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Unusual for this genre, the script doesn't insult the audience's intelligence, and it mercifully soft-pedals its message about the virtues of reading.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The cast hits the right notes.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

July 11, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Clean, lightweight escapism with a top-notch gimmick.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A virtual theme-park simulation and possibly a milestone of immersive entertainment.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2008
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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That dinosaur looks like it's popping off the screen! Cool!

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

July 11, 2008
Mike Pearson
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A popcorn movie that delivers precisely what it promises. The dialogue is tepid and the outcome is preordained, but it moves at the brisk pace of a carnival ride, leaving you breathless and ready for another spin.

Full Review Source: Denver Rocky Mountain News | Original Score: B+

July 11, 2008
David Germain
Associated Press
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With crisp images and depth that makes you feel you could reach out and stick your hand into the middle of the action, the movie projected in digital 3-D form actually makes that theme-park ride kind of fun.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Much of Journey plays like a thinner version of an Indiana Jones movie " a series not noted for its stoutness to begin with.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

July 11, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a fairly bad movie, and yet at the same time maybe about as good as it could be.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

July 11, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Eric Brevig, making his feature directing debut after a long career as a visual effects supervisor, lurches from one CG set piece to the next, though he's helped along by Fraser's easy comic touch.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 11, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The gimmickry can't lift the boats of a threadbare storyline. What the proselytizers and the investors forget is that if the characters and emotions aren't three-dimensional, the rest of the movie will always look flat.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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If Journey to the Center of the Earth is not a ride, then what is it? One thing it may not be, quite, is a movie.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 11, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Journey to the Center of the Earth is terrific family entertainment, an action comedy on a par with Night at the Museum and National Treasure.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 10, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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I can't tell you how this film looks in 2-D, which is how the majority of the nation's customers will partake of it. I saw it in 3-D. I liked it. It's dopey, but I liked it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 10, 2008
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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Episodes of Land of the Lost were more inspired.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 10, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's old-fashioned family-friendly B-movie cheese, served up in this Brendan Fraser/Jules Verne action epic for kids.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

July 10, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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In generating what amounts to a 90-minute theme park ride, the filmmakers lost track of the need to tell a compelling story to supplement the eye candy.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

July 10, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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The real star here is the pair of 3-D glasses you're handed when you walk into the theater. With them, Journey is a kick (if not much more).

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 10, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Wandering around the earth's stalactite-dripped core exerts a primal appeal even in a dumb kiddie joyride like this one.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

July 9, 2008
Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
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Three dimensions are one too many for this flat tale of geological grandiosity.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

July 9, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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It would be barely passable under normal circumstances, but in 3-D it's a circus of excellent FX.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

July 7, 2008
Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
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As a 2-D movie, or inevitable DVD, it probably fails. As a 3-D experience, though, it rocks.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 1, 2008
John Anderson
Variety
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Probably has the highest screams-per-capita ratio in the history of action-adventure pics, and a better thrill-per-minute deal than most.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 30, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's just a lot of fun.

June 30, 2008
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