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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Reviews

Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

December 15, 2011
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2011
Derek Elley
Variety
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June 29, 2011

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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April 12, 2011
David Denby
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 27, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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There's nothing but entertainment value here.

May 27, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The action is the movie's raison d'Ítre, of course, but the setups are wittier than the payoffs.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

May 27, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

May 23, 2008
Dana Stevens
Slate
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

May 22, 2008
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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Even as the movie occasionally trips over its nostalgias, it's still a likable, if unremarkable, entertainment, a pleasant echo of past delights.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

May 22, 2008
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

May 22, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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It's not bad, exactly. It's not a desecration of the franchise. It's just . . . tired.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 22, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 22, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 22, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The character and plot contrivances are dumber than ever, but this is basically vaudeville, not narrative, and the thrills keep coming.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 22, 2008
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It's romantic manliness at its purest, almost but not quite schmaltz, ideally calculated to please true believers and ironic snorters at once.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 22, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 22, 2008
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 22, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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At his best, Spielberg is certainly capable of tapping, to almost unnerving degree, collective moods and fears and longings, both emotional and cultural.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 21, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The action sequences are staged and edited sloppily, a far cry from the death-defying stuntman extravaganzas of yore.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 21, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 21, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

May 21, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It's as contrived and convoluted as all the other Indiana Jones movies, but not as much fun.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 21, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 21, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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

May 21, 2008
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

May 21, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

May 21, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 21, 2008
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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[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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 21, 2008
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is as joyless as its predecessors were blissful.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 21, 2008
Jennie Yabroff
Newsweek
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Spielberg is an efficient, consummately competent director, and the action sequences deliver exactly what's promised, if nothing more.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

May 19, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 19, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is entertaining, inventive and old-fashioned in the best way.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

May 19, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

May 19, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

May 19, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

May 19, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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On a satisfaction scale, it lands squarely between The Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 19, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

May 19, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

May 18, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

May 18, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 18, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 18, 2008
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 18, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A rollicking class reunion that stands as the second best entry in the venerable series.

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

May 18, 2008
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

May 18, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 18, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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A lot of the picture veers uneasily between solemnity and slapstick and 47 different genres.

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

May 18, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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At its best, it's a satisfying shuffle of the deck of famous Spielbergian moments that have gone before.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

May 18, 2008
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Once it gets going, Crystal Skull delivers smart, robust, familiar entertainment.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 18, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 18, 2008
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