Gulliver's Travels Reviews

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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 3, 2011
[A] dumb excuse for a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
December 28, 2010
There is laziness at every turn -- in the writing, in the acting, in the filmmaking. Don't reward these yahoos.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 27, 2010
I will tell you there's a cast credit for a character described only as "Butt-crack man." Consider yourself warned.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Craven
Arizona Republic
December 27, 2010
The film stumbles along a predictable path, and there is an audible wince when Gulliver says, "These little people have grown large in my heart."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 25, 2010
Like its protagonist, Gulliver's Travels is big, dumb, and slow-moving, a lumbering oaf of a movie that just barely makes it to feature-length via a groaningly unnecessary production number set to Edwin Starr's "War."
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 24, 2010
Some films are phoned in. The staggeringly awful "Gulliver's Travels" was texted.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 24, 2010
"Gulliver's Travels" is one of those movies that falls between complete disaster and loads of fun. Mild amusement is probably about right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 24, 2010
It all feels so lazy and familiar that adults may find themselves hoping Black will start to challenge himself again -- and the more swiftly the better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 24, 2010
What were they thinking? What were they smoking? What were they singing on the way to the bank?
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 24, 2010
For a novel written nearly 300 years ago by a dour Irish cleric with a mad-on about the material world and a satiric mindset dark enough to flirt with misanthropy, it's amazing how well Gulliver's Travels travels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 24, 2010
Somewhere by the middle, the souffle collapses, and the movie becomes sleep-inducing. Gulliver doesn't have much to do in Lilliput, and we notice that before he does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
December 24, 2010
Gulliver's Travels strips the source material down to its recognizable parts and then builds something completely new out of them. Unfortunately, the result is entirely Lilliputian in ambition, even for a children's movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 24, 2010
Black was already the world's biggest little kid, and he might be the only actor who could have made this movie such nimble fun. No matter how thin the concept, Black always manages to make it his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 24, 2010
I mean - really - do you have a burning desire to see Jack Black's buttocks? Blown up, in the land of Lilliput, to 12 times their normal size? I didn't think so.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 23, 2010
A murderously unfunny rethink of the groundbreaking literary satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 23, 2010
A migraine inducement that you'd think Jack Black had gotten out of his system years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 23, 2010
The chief sin committed by Gulliver's Travels is not that it's a poor adaptation but that its entertainment value is almost nonexistent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 23, 2010
I was but seldom inspired to peals of true laughter, though I did relish that part when Mr. Black, confronting a fire raging in the Palace of Lilliput, douses the blaze through heroic use of such means as Nature has provided him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 23, 2010
Kids might enjoy some of Black's wacky antics, but adults will tire of them fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 23, 2010
[Black] doesn't have much going for him besides pop-culture references and his own looming girth..
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 23, 2010
This is live action, and despite the 3-D, it's sorta old-fashioned, not that that's a bad thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 23, 2010
Even at 83 minutes (plus a three minute cartoon) it's a drag, another 3D movie for kids in which the 3D adds nothing, merely subtracting from parents' wallets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly
December 23, 2010
Black, looking like an unwashed clothes pile and capering in familiar "Uncle Jack" style, is a good babysitter.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 23, 2010
The verdict on Jack Black's mock-rock take on Gulliver's Travels? Not too Swift.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 23, 2010
The movie was needlessly converted to 3-D. The images are not blurry and distracting as some 3-D conversions have been, but neither are they terribly impressive, adding nothing but a few extra dollars to the price of a ticket.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 23, 2010
The cast is enjoyable, with Jason Segel (as Gulliver's lil' pal, Horatio) and Emily Blunt (the local princess) a witty cut above for this sort of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
December 22, 2010
A classic ready-made for the era of big-budget 3D spectacle gets the least classy treatment imaginable.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 22, 2010
An effects-driven children's movie enlivened by Jack Black but deadened by over reliance on those effects.
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David Fear
Time Out
December 22, 2010
Even past youth-friendly adaptations kept enough of the book's bite that you could recognize the Swiftian satire. This update is merely a swift kick to the nuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 21, 2010
A movie of such stupendous uninspiration that, watching it, I didn't know whether to be affronted or hornswoggled. Movies this monumentally dreadful, after all, don't come along every day.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
December 21, 2010
...the traditional problem of big-budget family entertainment arises, where the grown-up jokes are too grown-up for the younger kids in the audience and the jokes for kids are too insipid and simplistic to appeal to grown-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
December 21, 2010
Mostly it veers between the very mildly chucklesome and plain not funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5