Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)



Critic Consensus: It's enthusiastically acted and reasonably fun, but Jack the Giant Slayer is also overwhelmed by digital effects and a bland, impersonal story.

Movie Info

"Jack the Giant Slayer" tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Dan Studney, Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie, Christopher McQuarrie Dan Studney, David Dobkin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 18, 2013
Box Office: $65.2M
Warner Bros. - Official Site


as Roderick

as King Brahmwell

as General Entin

as Old Maid

as Blacksmith

as Old Hamm

as Panto Erik the Great

as Panto Monk

as Small Drunk

as Fat Drunk

as King's Artiste

as Young Guardian

as General Fallon

as General Fallon's Sma...

as Cook Giant

as Sentry/Bugler Giant

as Tongue Giant

as 1st Child

as 2nd Child

as Tour Guide

as Little Girl

as Master of Secrets

as Panto Giant 1

as Panto Giant 2

as Panto Musician

as Jack's Father

as Young Isabelle

as Soldier

as Sentry/Bugler Giant
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Critic Reviews for Jack the Giant Slayer

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (38)

Forget that Giant Slayer feels photocopied and is entirely unnecessary. It's just not exciting.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Top Critic

Almost fascinating in that, as far as I can tell, it is a film with no target audience.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Underwhelming, as you might expect, but it's quite possibly the best Jack and the Beanstalk film you could imagine the studio system producing. Whatever that means.

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Despite its many flaws, Jack the Giant Slayer is not a bad film, but rather a disappointing one

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
The National

When you make a movie this awful, with no hint of useful self-awareness, you're not proving a point--you're giving up.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
Film Freak Central

When it really gets going, and especially in the last 30 minutes, it's passable as matinee fodder.

Full Review… | July 13, 2013

Audience Reviews for Jack the Giant Slayer


It is what one would expect.

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

Prepare for a giant adventure.

Good Fun Movie! "Jack The Giant Slayer" will reasonably divide critics and audiences, but if I had kids, I would have no problem taking them to see this. It's a fun little adventure that kids and open-minded adults will get a kick out of. It was refreshing to find a non ironic, non meta straightforward telling of this story, with some elements of charm and humor. The script is well written, the acting is better than good, and it moves along at a pretty lively pace. Not a classic, but good. It might have been better a little shorter, but that can be said of most movies these days.

Sent to the market by his uncle to sell their horse and buy thatch for their roof, Jack meets the beautiful Princess Isabelle whom he rescues her from ruffians. He returns home only with a handful of beans given to him by a monk who claimed they were sacred but that does little to impress his uncle who tosses them away. In the night the Princess arrives having run off to keep from marrying Roderick who is clearly only interested in becoming king. Soon the beans take root with a giant stalk carrying away the princess and Jack's house. He soon sets off on an adventure with the king's guards to rescue the princess only to find that a mythical land filled with giants really exists.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Maybe not for everyone, but I enjoyed this. I found this a rather entertaining new take on an old fable, complete with some humor and monstrous bad guys who need to be 'cut down to size'. A satisfying ending, to boot. Don't expect a particularly cerebral story here; after all, it is a fairy tale...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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