The Core Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 28, 2003
This is one shelved project that should have stayed on the shelf.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Call it Armageddon inside out.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 28, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 25, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 27, 2003
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+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
This is a big, dumb, explosion movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 27, 2003
This film will self-destruct.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
Hillary Swank and Aaron Eckhart lead the latest adventure to save the world from natural forces... YAWN.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
James Rocchi
Netflix
March 28, 2003
Geological disaster flick is smarter than you'd think ... which isn't saying much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 31, 2003
[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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 28, 2003
The Core would be a better movie if it were worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
June 4, 2003
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.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 28, 2003
A lumbering mishmash of recent disaster flicks that's as aggressively loud and obnoxious as it is tiresomely stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 7, 2003
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 | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
September 16, 2003
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.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 7, 2003
The big letdown are the stultifying visuals that look more like 80's theme park motion-ride effects. Now boarding Core Tours!
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 23, 2012
A magical film: it never runs out of new and delightful ways to be completely inane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 28, 2003
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
April 5, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 28, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 24, 2003
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 22, 2003
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
March 29, 2003
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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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 28, 2003
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PopMatters
June 8, 2003

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March 28, 2003

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March 28, 2003
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March 28, 2003

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March 29, 2003

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March 31, 2003

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April 1, 2003

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April 20, 2003

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June 20, 2003

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July 2, 2003
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June 24, 2006
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