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Journey to the Center of the Earth Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Enjoyable hokum sci-fi tale that's based on an 1864 Jules Verne story.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

October 11, 2012
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Fun for the whole family, and—instead of the 2008 3-D version's Brendan Fraser—offers James freakin' Mason, who can pull off urbane and befuddled at the same time. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

May 22, 2012
Randy White
Common Sense Media

A fanciful sci-fi tale for the whole family.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2011
Vic Holtreman

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D is a great film to take the kids to, or if you're a fan of 3D - otherwise don't bother.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 15, 2008
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

well paced film entertains

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B-

July 10, 2008
Emanuel Levy

By standards of the time, the special effects of Hollywood's first (but not the only) version of Jules Verne's sci-fi classic were good and nominated for Oscars; they lost out to Ben-Hur, which swept all the awards.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

June 29, 2008
Josh Larsen

Twentieth Century Fox pulled out all the stops - and the giant mushrooms - for this silly spectacle...

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 23, 2008
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Still captivating despite the obviously dated effects.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 6, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Mason is charming, caustic and debonair, and the whole affair is captivating, silly fun.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 5, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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It's one of the very best Hollywood adventure movies, with lots of monsters, underground oceans, sinister villains, and touches which would have delighted Jules Verne himself.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Mark Bourne

...distinguished by its curious casting mix of Mason and pop croonster Pat Boone, some striking CinemaScope vistas, and Bernard Herrmann's orchestral score with cathedral-sized pipe organs.

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April 6, 2006
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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It's really not very striking make-believe, when all is said and done.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 25, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Big, glossy, entertaining if not exactly compelling.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 26, 2003
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Fun sci-fi flick.

| Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2003
Kurt Dahlke
Apollo Guide

A rollicking adventure with characters you care about and a plot that doesn't insult you. It's a perfect fit for any movie fan's library.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 86/100

October 25, 2003
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (

Great fun.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 24, 2003
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A guilty pleasure adventure with OK special effects, but more kiddie than adult oriented.

| Original Score: 2/5

September 11, 2003


It's got everything, and it's status as one of the best of the adventure movies made in 50s Hollywood remains intact.

Full Review Source: Film4

July 29, 2003
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...solid family fun...good juvenile entertainment that adults can appreciate, too.

| Original Score: 7/10

March 23, 2003
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 28, 2004
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