• The Core
    2 minutes 29 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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The Core Reviews


Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Newsday
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Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

May 28, 2003
David Edelstein
Slate
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April 22, 2003
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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April 22, 2003
Ed Park
Village Voice
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Undigestible fusion of worst-case earth science and leaden pacing.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 1, 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
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Jules Verne this isn't, but it makes for fairly diverting escapist fare.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2003
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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There's a marked absence of panic in The Core.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

March 28, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Scientists may shudder, but at least some good actors are getting work.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The Core works because the characters are idiosyncratic enough to seem authentic but not so zany that they seem contrived.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Unblushingly tacky and derivative.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2003
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
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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When taken as an old-fashioned adventure with a comic-book plot, The Core works well. But at 130 minutes it wears out its welcome, and like Earth's balky core, it sputters and stalls.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C+

March 28, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The Core is formulaic Hollywood swill done on such an epic scale of incompetency, it must be seen.

| Original Score: F

March 28, 2003
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The Core is such a feat of go-for-broke heroism and you-gotta-be -kiddin'-me ridiculousness that it almost qualifies as a feel-good diversion -- with just a quarter of the runaway jingoism of your average disaster extravaganza.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2003
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A two-hour pleasure cruise.

March 28, 2003
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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No one's going to confuse The Core with art -- or even a good film -- but it's 25 minutes longer than The Hours and I had at least 25 times as much fun.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2003
Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
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Despite its predictability, The Core offers a healthy serving of suspense and special effects.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 28, 2003
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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The Core follows such a familiar path that you can predict not only which crew members are going to be martyred, but in what order.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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March 28, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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March 28, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The Core may not rock your world, but it has its moments.

| Original Score: C+

March 28, 2003
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Sloppily made, poky, extra cheesy adventure.

March 28, 2003
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The only pressing burden in this deep interior world is the question: What in or on Earth is a cast this good doing in a movie this ridiculous?

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

March 28, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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For all its predictability and cornball heroics, this adventure is as sleek and efficient as its inner-spacecraft.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3/4

March 27, 2003
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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The brazen silliness of The Core is becalming and inauthentic, like taking a bath in nondairy coffee creamer. The Earth core's inability to turn is mirrored in the cast's inability to give the picture any spin.

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

March 27, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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If The Core finally has to be classified as a mess, it is an enjoyable one if you're in a throwback mood. After all, a film that comes up with a rare metal called Unobtainium can't be dismissed out of hand.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 27, 2003
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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An enjoyable, forgettable film.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

March 27, 2003
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Core is unabashed Hollywood spectacle, but with a cast of up-from-indie actors that makes the cataclysmic kitsch all the more fun to behold.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 27, 2003
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
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The first half-hour of The Core is hip enough to its own moribund formula that for a brief, shining moment, there's hope the film will actually be a goofy gas instead of the effects-bound lump it becomes.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 27, 2003
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Good science fiction awakens a sense of awe, and even mediocre sci-fi sometimes manages wonder. But The Core does neither.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 27, 2003
Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Preposterous? Absolutely, but director Jon Amiel seems to be in on the joke, pausing at regular intervals to laugh at the disaster genre in which he is engaged, then resuming the suspense and reeling us back in again.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

March 27, 2003
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It's a schlockier Armageddon crossed with Fantastic Voyage, minus the fun.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

March 26, 2003
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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More palatable than most pictures of its ilk due to its keen awareness of its own preposterousness, a self-knowledge exuberantly expressed by a mostly live-wire cast.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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It's a popcorn movie with brains.

March 26, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
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