Sahara Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 7, 2005
No one seems to know what they're doing, or worse, much care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 7, 2005
This is a Mystery Science Theater 3000 special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 7, 2005
The characters are too thin, the violence too careless, the suspension of disbelief required too strenuous, the treatment of non-whites too stereotyped.
| Original Score: C+
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
April 10, 2005
Like a lightweight novel suitable for beach reading, Sahara is mildly entertaining, but I can't recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 6, 2005
The whole concept is just too stupid to go along with, and would make the movie bad enough on its own if it wasn't a contender for the most racist film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
April 7, 2005
A little Indiana Jones, a little James Bond, a little Tom Clancy -- it all adds up to an action-adventure flick with little to distinguish it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 7, 2005
What it is is a big summer action movie that would have been hot stuff about 30 years ago but looks tired and worn today despite a perky, attractive cast that refuses to wilt in the desert sun.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 11, 2005
It drove me crazy. It made National Treasure look like a documentary.
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
April 8, 2005
Then again, women still swoon with lust whenever McConaughey steps in front of the camera, no matter how rancid is the project he deems fit to appear in right now.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 7, 2005
As dry and lifeless as its sun-burnt locale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 7, 2005
A little inventiveness is one thing, but this movie strains credibility at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 8, 2005
A mediocrity wrapped inside a banality, toasted in a nice, fresh cliche.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 7, 2005
The most exciting adventure based on a third-rate paperback and directed by the son of a movie mogul ever produced! Which is to say, not actually exciting at all.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 11, 2007
A pretty offensive comedy about Africans who range from primitive to demonic that, sorry, is just not funny.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
June 7, 2005
With this strong of a cast this film should have been much better.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 8, 2005
The one-liners, mostly bland, are used so liberally that they water down the action.
| Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 18, 2009
For an adventure movie based on chase scenes in exotic locations "Sahara" never takes hold because director Breck Eisner and his team of screenwriters can't agree on what the story's about or what tone should resonate against it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 8, 2005
Unlike Raiders of the Lost Ark, which this movie wants so desperately to be, there's nothing here to engage the brain along with the eyeballs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
April 9, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 7, 2005
A testosterone-drenched escapade that misses because it lacks the tension to make it a thrill ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
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Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
April 27, 2005

Boston Phoenix
April 9, 2005

ComingSoon.net
April 11, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
May 13, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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