Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
December 15, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Derek Elley
Variety
June 29, 2011
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2011
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 27, 2008
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 27, 2008
There's nothing but entertainment value here.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 27, 2008
The action is the movie's raison d'Ítre, of course, but the setups are wittier than the payoffs.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 23, 2008
Crystal Skull is a fun ride, but if we have to wait 19 years for the next one, that's OK by me.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 22, 2008
Expecting Brando-esque menace or Dreyfus-ian uplift from the Indiana Jones tetralogy is like going to the candy counter at the mall multiplex and asking for some goat cheese and a nice cabernet.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
May 22, 2008
Even as the movie occasionally trips over its nostalgias, it's still a likable, if unremarkable, entertainment, a pleasant echo of past delights.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 22, 2008
Nobody can orchestrate this robust silliness better than Steven Spielberg, who brings effortless visual panache to the proceedings, even when he can't entirely hide its mercenary nature.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 22, 2008
It's not bad, exactly. It's not a desecration of the franchise. It's just . . . tired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 22, 2008
Nearly two decades after the last appearance, Indiana Jones is back, along with its diminishing returns and its aging principals and their trademark tools.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 22, 2008
Ultimately, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is instant artifact. It's a vessel with a great deal of pictorial images on its surface. But its contents are long gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 22, 2008
The character and plot contrivances are dumber than ever, but this is basically vaudeville, not narrative, and the thrills keep coming.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 22, 2008
It's romantic manliness at its purest, almost but not quite schmaltz, ideally calculated to please true believers and ironic snorters at once.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 22, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is probably the worst of the Indiana Jones movies, but it's still pretty much a delight, from the beginning almost until the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
May 22, 2008
We're also (relievedly) a long way away here from the strenuous self-importance of the Bruckheimer-era blockbuster, and one should never look even such modest gift horses in the mouth.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 21, 2008
At his best, Spielberg is certainly capable of tapping, to almost unnerving degree, collective moods and fears and longings, both emotional and cultural.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 21, 2008
The action sequences are staged and edited sloppily, a far cry from the death-defying stuntman extravaganzas of yore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 21, 2008
There's plenty of frantic energy in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, lots of noise and money too, but what's absent is any sense of rediscovery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 21, 2008
Crystal Skull is hit-and-miss like the clunky 1984 sequel, Temple of Doom. And instead of the elegiac tone that lifted 1989's presumptive valedictory, The Last Crusade, director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas have gotten sillier.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 21, 2008
It's as contrived and convoluted as all the other Indiana Jones movies, but not as much fun.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 21, 2008
Sitting through Steven Spielberg's slog down memory lane means waiting for surprise, waiting for delight, waiting for daylight after turgid trudges through Peruvian caves, and waiting for an abstract story to coalesce.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 21, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull may be the slightest, least memorable entry in the franchise, but it's a franchise with a rather high bar, and the film's plentiful flaws do not overwhelm its pleasures.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 21, 2008
The fourth chapter of the Indiana Jones chronicles feels repetitive and a little gassed, but it has too much bravura filmmaking, and just enough wit, to not recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 21, 2008
Satisfying if not fully electrifying, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull offers fans all the familiar elements: bullwhip, fedora, ancient texts, hidden clues, obscure maps and cliffhanging moment atop cliffhanging moment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 21, 2008
While the production values are top-notch, and the action artfully choreographed, in the end -- and quite well before the end -- a sense of tedium sets in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
May 21, 2008
[It's] the most ridiculously cartoonish of the four flicks -- but Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is still a lot of fun anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
May 21, 2008
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is as joyless as its predecessors were blissful.
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Jennie Yabroff
Newsweek
May 19, 2008
Spielberg is an efficient, consummately competent director, and the action sequences deliver exactly what's promised, if nothing more.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 19, 2008
In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a daring team of professionals risks everything to unearth a valuable artifact. No, not a quartz cranium. The Indiana Jones series. And the great good news is that they succeed, marvelously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 19, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is entertaining, inventive and old-fashioned in the best way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 19, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull plays heavily on the fondness of the audience for the first three films. Without that, it's basically a better-made version of the National Treasure series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 19, 2008
Spielberg hasn't gained more skills as a director, and series creator George Lucas is a shell of the writer he once was, but Kingdom is still an old-fashioned, two-fisted romp through archaeology, the Cold War, pseudo-science and film history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 19, 2008
Indy IV may not entirely be the grand return that everyone had hoped for, but it's still great to see a good old friend come around again.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 19, 2008
On a satisfaction scale, it lands squarely between The Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 19, 2008
It's admittedly a pleasure to see Harrison Ford back in the role. Once you get past the initial reintroduction, though, it's obvious that this fourth film in the Indy series really has no idea where to go.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 18, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull can't be seen as anything other than a very minor chapter in the adventures of one of cinema's most beloved action heroes and a disappointment for those who have waited patiently for his return.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 18, 2008
All the necessary ingredients are here: ancient riddles, rumbling stone technology, a precious artifact with supernatural powers. And Harrison Ford, as Indiana Jones, still looks dashing in a leather bomber jacket or professorial tweed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 18, 2008
I can say that if you liked the other Indiana Jones movies, you will like this one, and that if you did not, there is no talking to you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 18, 2008
Even with the ponderous dialogue, there is considerable fun, and it's good to see that Indy, though slightly weary, still has the goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 18, 2008
Even in its inflated and creaky fourth incarnation, the Indy series retains a certain unassuming quality, at least compared to Hollywood's recent monstrous productions.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 18, 2008
A rollicking class reunion that stands as the second best entry in the venerable series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull gets swamped in a sea of stunts and CGI that are relentless as the scenes and character relationships are charmless.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2008
Spielberg clearly got enormous pleasure employing a lifetime's worth of skill and turning out wave after wave of smartly done stunts and effects set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 18, 2008
A lot of the picture veers uneasily between solemnity and slapstick and 47 different genres.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 18, 2008
At its best, it's a satisfying shuffle of the deck of famous Spielbergian moments that have gone before.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 18, 2008
Once it gets going, Crystal Skull delivers smart, robust, familiar entertainment.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 18, 2008
Director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford have no trouble getting back into the groove with a story and style very much in keeping with what has made the series so perennially popular.