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The Core Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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This is one shelved project that should have stayed on the shelf.

| Original Score: 2/5

March 28, 2003
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly

Call it Armageddon inside out.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

May 20, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I have such an unreasonable affection for this movie, indeed, that it is only by slapping myself alongside the head and drinking black coffee that I can restrain myself from recommending it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2003
James Berardinelli
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So howlingly awful that it has unwittingly found a place in that elite group of films that can claim to be 'so bad they're good.'

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 25, 2003
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Often big, dumb, explosion movies are fun to watch and do very well at the box office. But this one suffers from very bad timing

| Original Score: C+

March 27, 2003
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This is a big, dumb, explosion movie.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 28, 2010
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

This film will self-destruct.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 27, 2003
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

Hillary Swank and Aaron Eckhart lead the latest adventure to save the world from natural forces... YAWN.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: D+

October 7, 2003
James Rocchi

Geological disaster flick is smarter than you'd think ... which isn't saying much.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 2/5

March 28, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[I]t's not campy enough to be consistently entertaining, and it's certainly not exciting or smart enough to be a first-rate sci-fi epic like a Deep Impact.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 31, 2003
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Core would be a better movie if it were worse.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2003
Todd Gilchrist

Amiel's film is a messy, speculative chamber piece augmented by indistinct visual effects and performances that seem to be playing directly to the blue-screen backgrounds instead of to the actors who were hired to make the highfalutin conceit plausible.

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June 4, 2003
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A lumbering mishmash of recent disaster flicks that's as aggressively loud and obnoxious as it is tiresomely stupid.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2003
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Is it bad? Oh yes. But it's the best kind of bad: a wonderful exuberant bad that only well-meaning-yet-misguided moviemakers can provide.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C

April 7, 2003
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

A mostly static excursion with a weak premise when it comes to explaining what went wrong with the planet, and an even weaker remedy offered for making it right again.

Full Review Source: Long Island Press

September 16, 2003
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The big letdown are the stultifying visuals that look more like 80's theme park motion-ride effects. Now boarding Core Tours!

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: C+

May 7, 2003
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A magical film: it never runs out of new and delightful ways to be completely inane.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 2/10

December 23, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The details in the film leave a lot to be desired, and the script rips open many more holes than it seals up.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2003
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

Despite the boisterous production values of this overwrought and unevenly irreverent disaster B movie, The Core never really shows us anything worth exploring under its nonsensical albeit volatile crusty surface.

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2/4

April 5, 2003
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

I never thought I'd see the day when I would write that someone like Qualls acts circles around Tucci, Jenkins or Lindo, some of our best actors.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 24, 2003
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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April 22, 2003
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
Wilson Morales

Some science fiction films are supposed to be fun. These are throw away films; films to take to your mind away from the things we face in real life. Go with this thought and you will enjoy The Core. If not, then this film is a complete mess with no hope

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March 29, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
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October 18, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
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March 28, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
April 1, 2003
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David Edelstein
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April 22, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
June 8, 2003

Baltimore Sun
March 28, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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March 28, 2003

This is London
March 29, 2003
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Premiere Magazine
April 1, 2003

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June 20, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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