Sahara Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 14, 2005
Despite the vast beauty of location settings in Morocco and Spain, the vast lack of chemistry between the two stars is appalling.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
April 12, 2005
Sahara is many things, but it is not a movie. It is the skull-splitting cacophony of 21 producers and four screenwriters (that we know about, anyway) standing in the same room shouting into their cell phones.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 11, 2005
It drove me crazy. It made National Treasure look like a documentary.
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Christy Lemire
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
April 9, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 8, 2005
McConaughey's no Harrison Ford. And no one cracks the whip of originality.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 8, 2005
A mediocrity wrapped inside a banality, toasted in a nice, fresh cliche.
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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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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 8, 2005
Entertaining but flawed popcorn fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 8, 2005
This one has everything: stereotyped characters, shaky camera work, absurdly inappropriate pop songs on the soundtrack, a confused tone, misplaced zaniness and a nonsensical story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 8, 2005
Let's hope today's 10-year-old boys aren't too jaded by Matrix reruns to enjoy this for the good clean fun that it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 8, 2005
Productions this guiltlessly corny need real personalities to sell them, and unlike the dull National Treasure, Sahara has a few.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 8, 2005
Eisner is not remotely up to the challenge. Spending millions on action scenes does not mean you get them right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 8, 2005
It's about good ol' boys on a rip-snorting adventure, and to that end, it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 8, 2005
Stands as one more bit of throwback entertainment that's better than I expected -- and not much more.
| Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 8, 2005
McConaughey and his co-stars make the case that fun, however fleeting, is still fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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April 8, 2005
Whatever it lacks in substance it makes up for in gloss, humor and thrills, and a good time should be had by all.
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
April 8, 2005
Good-natured enough to entertain here and there, but that otherwise loses its way long before the characters complete their implausible quest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 8, 2005
I enjoyed this movie on its own dumb level, which must mean (I am forced to conclude) in my own dumb way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
April 7, 2005
Eisner shows himself to be a solid helmer of complex and beautifully staged action sequences with a sure ear for character interplay and an exact eye for glorious widescreen framing with nods to images from Lawrence of Arabia.
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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
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2005
It's a little hard to have silly fun when you are constantly being reminded that Hotel Rwanda and similar stories have been playing out down the road.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 7, 2005
Getting the girl, finding the gold and saving the world from a plague are just afterthoughts here. The main objective is to have fun, and in that regard, Sahara accomplishes its mission handily.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 7, 2005
A largely entertaining version of Clive Cussler's novel, with Matthew McConaughey delivering the goods as the adventurous Dirk Pitt.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 7, 2005
We flip through the usual catalog of close-call explosions, firefights and chases in which the weaponry is as lovingly photographed as the bronzed McConaughey and gorgeous Cruz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 7, 2005
Feels like a carbon copy of the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 7, 2005
If you like movies that are big, dumb fun, they don't come much bigger -- and they certainly don't come any dumber (or funner!) -- than Sahara.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 7, 2005
Spectacularly silly and perversely entertaining.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 7, 2005
It may not be Raiders of the Lost Ark, but Sahara, the screen adaptation of Clive Cussler's sprawling African adventure yarn, is a movie that keeps half a brain in its head while adopting the amused, cocky smirk of the Indiana Jones romps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 7, 2005
The film is passably entertaining, in no small part because of Steve Zahn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 7, 2005
There's no disguising the fact that Sahara has all the heft of marshmallow.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 7, 2005
This is a Mystery Science Theater 3000 special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 7, 2005
Feels as plodding and fruitless as trekking the length of a desert on a pogo stick with a busted spring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 7, 2005
A big, goofy, entirely disposable, tons-o-fun Hollywood Action Flick.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
April 7, 2005
How many leaps of logic do you allow an action movie before that thin strand of suspended disbelief snaps?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
April 6, 2005
This perfectly distracting, ultimately unsatisfying film feels like a James Bond flick in which the stand-in got the lead.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 6, 2005
Insanely busy, exceedingly long, and sometimes endearingly preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: C+