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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 256
Fresh: 199 | Rotten: 57

Though the plot elements are certainly familiar, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull still delivers the thrills and Harrison Ford's return in the title role is more than welcome.

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 49
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 17

Though the plot elements are certainly familiar, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull still delivers the thrills and Harrison Ford's return in the title role is more than welcome.

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Everyone's favorite archeologist adventurer dusts off his hat and trusty whip for yet another globetrotting trek as Indiana Jones returns to the big screen nearly 20 years after racing for the Holy Grail alongside his father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Harrison Ford reprises his role as the iconic, snake-loathing screen hero in a sequel that also finds Karen Allen returning to the series for the first time since 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim

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David Koepp

Oct 14, 2008

$317.0M

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Crystal Skull isn't bad -- there are a few dazzling sequences, and a couple of good performances -- but the unprecedented blend of comedy and action that made the movies so much more fun than any other adventure series is mostly gone.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (10)
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There's nothing but entertainment value here.

May 27, 2008 | Comments (43)
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The action is the movie's raison d'Ítre, of course, but the setups are wittier than the payoffs.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Crystal Skull is a fun ride, but if we have to wait 19 years for the next one, that's OK by me.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (4)
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A perfectly great bout of escapism with Indiana Jones at his best...

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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Want some real perspective? Ask me in ten years: hindsight has a nasty habit of being right. But for right now, on May 22, 2008? Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull is a movie worth getting excited for.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Senior citizens' special of the year, a popcorn movie made from, uh, mature corn.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

If anyone was worried that Ford was just too old to put the hat back on, Crystal Skull should lay that to rest. There's still life in the old franchise yet.

March 27, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

I'll answer the most important question first. Yes, there is a Wilhelm scream in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

August 31, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO | Comments (2)

Exhilarating

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Ford se jo%u0161 uvijek mo%u017Ee nazivati akcijskom zvijezdom

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Index.hr | Comments (3)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull -- the fourth movie about Henry Jones, Jr. -- is as comfortable as an old shoe. Or an old hat. Actually it is old hat. It's comfortable, but it's also worn and slack.

February 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Although it carries a certain level of slickness to it, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull shows that although the times have changed - both in the film and for the viewing audience - Indiana Jones hasn't. And that's a problem.

November 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Views | Comment (1)

...playful and entertaining, even if it looks, deliberately, as though we've seen it all before. (Blu-ray edition)

September 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

The thing I loved most about this movie is just how ludicrous the whole thing is.

August 31, 2008 Full Review Source: ABC News (Australia)
ABC News (Australia)

Give me an aged archaeologist with a whip any day over a gun-toting secret agent sipping Martinis under the code-name of 007.

August 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

Welcome back Indiana- the old Ford still runs like new!

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

When it's good it's great, and when it's bad, it's a typical Lucas misfire.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

A colossal disappointment by any measure, this latest Indiana Jones film focuses in on the character weaknesses of its creators George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.

July 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comments (5)
Cinema Sight

An iconic film character deserved a better story than this.

July 7, 2008 Full Review | Comments (3)
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

ena dioro ypertheama gemato entasi kai drasi hortastiki, apolaystiki ki aksiomnimoneyti oso tin proti fora, poy dikaionei tin katagogi tis anabionontas tin, kai kerdizei aksia mia thesi stin dipla stin thryliki trilogia tis

June 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Normally it's a terrible thing if a film only gives us one good character ... except when it's Indiana Jones, with a whip at his side. A terrible story can't totally ruin Jones. Thank God.

June 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL) | Comment (1)
Daily Herald (IL)

Packed with fights and chases--but then so were the old Tom and Jerry cartoons. The worst Steven Spielberg popcorn flick since 1941.

June 21, 2008 Full Review Source: KyleSmithOnline.com | Comments (24)
KyleSmithOnline.com

They just don't make them like they used to, and depending on which category you fall into, that's either a bad or good thing.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
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Audience Reviews for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Even though the time period of this film is set in the 1950's, I still felt an overwhelming sense of nostalgia as the opening credits rolled (the font used was the same one used for Raiders of the Lost Ark). The gag involving the Paramount logo dissolve was probably the funniest and maybe best one of the series, and, when the shot of Indy (in shadow) putting his fedora on his head happened, I got goosebumps all over my body. The man is back, and, though he may not be better than ever, he's still great. I don't have as many complaints as others do, but the overuse of CGI bugged me, some of it is pretty silly, even for this kind of thing, and the inclusion of aliens, while neat, wasn't necessary. We know you like aliens Spielberg, enough already! I think I'm more okay with this film than other people because I realize that it cannot (and couldn't) have the magic that the others did. Too much time has passed for that to be possible. The film is really thrilling though. It has tons of great action sequences and set-pieces, the pacing is perfect, and the 50's motif works well since Indy has aged. True, the absence of Nazis is a little sad, but there's only so much that can be done with Nazis. I thought that Soviet Communists, and A-Bombs were a nice change. I really enjoyed the religious supernatural elements from the previous films, but the sci-fi/fantasy elements work just as well. More great things include the return of Marion (It's great to see Karen Allen on the screen again), Shia LeBouf making for a great sidekick, and Cate Blanchett as a superb villain. Sallah is no where to be found, but, given the setting and the plot, having him in the film would have been awkward. People have been complaining about the "Monkey/Tarzan" scene, and to them, I say shut up. It's funny. It's an Indiana Jones film, not an intellectual film. It's goofy, fun entertainment. Who cares if it's cheesy. Bottom line: ignore the bad reviews and haters. It's a good film. It can in no way be compared to the previous ones, because they are in leagues of their own. Yeah, it doesn't have the magic of the others, but Spielberg and Co. weren't trying to outdo their previous masterpieces. It's a worthy film, a great addition to the saga, and an overall really fun cinematic experience.
June 27, 2013
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Chris Weber

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Many will definitely argue this addition to the 'Indiana Jones' saga was unnecessary and somewhat confusing. But as another film, you can't deny Spielberg's crisp direction and Harrison Ford's slick leading performance. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is visually a blockbuster success, though potholes could be avoided in its story and plot, it's still stable nonetheless. 4/5
May 7, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

It would have been better if they had just left Indiana Jones as a trilogy. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a colossal disappointment, not least because it doesn't feel at all like an Indiana Jones film. Where the other three films had Indy chasing down ancient religious artifacts that possessed mystical abilities, Crystal Skull is about aliens. Aliens? Yes, you heard me right, alien crash landing. We've gone from the Ark of the Covenant to outer space. Why why why why why?
All of the Indiana Jones films required a suspension of disbelief, but the things that Indiana Jones and his companions manage to escape unharmed from in this film are so ludicrous it takes all the fun out of the film. Indy survives a nuclear blast by hiding himself in a fridge, emerging from it in one piece? Shia Labeouf and Cate Blanchett swordfighting while standing in two different moving cars? Indy and his crew surviving three drops down waterfalls the size of Niagara? Forgive me, but how could any director, not least one as seasoned in the craft as Steven Spielberg remotely think these were good ideas?
Let's hope Lucas, Spielberg and Co leave this franchise alone before they desecrate it like the prequels did to the original Star Wars saga.
April 27, 2013
MovieGeek13

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    1. Mutt Williams: Get on, Gramps!
    – Submitted by Adam O (5 months ago)
    1. Mutt Williams: You know, for an old man you ain't bad in a fight.
    2. Indiana Jones: Thanks.
    3. Indiana Jones: What are you, like, 80?
    – Submitted by Adam O (5 months ago)
    1. Indiana Jones: Why don't you stick around, Junior?
    2. Mutt Williams: I don't know. Why didn't you, Dad?
    3. Professor Oxley: Dad! Dad?
    4. Indiana Jones: Somewhere your grandpa is laughing.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (13 months ago)
    1. George "Mac" McHale: [aims gun at Indy] Sorry, Jonsey.
    2. Indiana Jones: So what does that make you, a triple agent?
    3. George "Mac" McHale: Nah. I just lied about being a double.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (17 months ago)
    1. Marion Ravenwood: I'm sure I wasn't the only one to move on with my life. There must have been plenty of women for you over the years.
    2. Indiana Jones: Yeah, there were a few. But, they all had the same problem.
    3. Marion Ravenwood: What's that?
    4. Indiana Jones: They weren't you, honey.
    – Submitted by Tyler H (18 months ago)
    1. Mutt Williams: What are they? Spacemen?
    2. Professor Oxley: Inter-dimensional beings as a point of fact.
    3. Indiana Jones: Welcome back, Ox.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (20 months ago)
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