Jason and the Argonauts Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 5, 2014
Special-effects buffs generally cite this 1963 effort by Ray Harryhausen as the master's masterpiece, and his work does a great deal to enliven the tired plot and vacuous stars.
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
April 7, 2014
"Jason and the Argonauts" features some of Harryhausen's most memorable stop-motion creations, including the giant bronze statue Talos and a creepy army of swordfighting skeletons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
November 18, 2013
Made while Hollywood was plundering Roman history at vast expense, this British picture went further back in time and created a niche of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
November 18, 2013
The Gone With The Wind of stop-frame animation.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
August 19, 2013
All the fights are stunningly put together and still deliver in action terms. This may be an old story but it feels very much alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 20, 2013
A great adventure movie... presents spectacle in the most wide-eyed, awe-inspired register.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

Total Film
November 27, 2012
One of Ray Harryhausen's finest moments, the remarkable special effects are still pretty impressive even in today's CG-shaped world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 27, 2012
What a blast!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
November 27, 2012
For sheer old-fashioned, childhood rekindling adventure you really can't go past it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A stop-motion animation masterwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Hall
Film Snobbery
December 30, 2010
The sheer outlandish nature of the production sets it apart from many of the mythology-inspired films of its era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
October 16, 2010
For true Ray Harryhausen fans, Jason and the Argonauts will remain one of his greatest feats. And if you bring yourself back to the era, you'll find a world of wonder yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
August 11, 2010
(A) fantasia of the classic Greek myth with a brawny odyssey through lands of magic, all at the behest of the gods using humans as pieces in their competitive games and wagers.
August 2, 2010
In a cinema landscape populated with all kinds of digitally created creatures and setpieces, it's nice to take a look back and witness the birth of these ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
February 13, 2010
Easygoing satire of mythical determinism
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
The $3 million film has a workable scenario and has been directed resourcefully and spiritedly by Don Chaffey, under whose leadership a colorful cast performs with zeal.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 24, 2008
It mostly comes alive through the imaginative special effects by Ray Harryhausen, the maven of stop-motion animation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser
June 14, 2007
The film's engaging use of Greek mythology, entertaining supporting performances (the star, Todd Armstrong, is a bit bland), and outstanding model work (A six-headed Hydra! Seven fencing skeletons!) make it an ideal collector's classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Great fun, as these things go, with a Bernard Herrmann score to boot.
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Howard Thompson
New York Times
May 9, 2005
This absurd, unwieldy adventure -- if that's the word -- is no worse, but certainly no better, than most of its kind.
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