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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 thought only existed in legend-and gets the chance to become a legend himself.-- (C) Warner Brosmore
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


Stanley Tucci
as Roderick
Ian McShane
as King Brahmwell
Ralph Brown
as General Entin
Joy McBrinn
as Old Maid
Chris Brailsford
as Blacksmith
Warwick Davis
as Old Hamm
Craig Salisbury
as Panto Erik the Great
Peter Bonner
as Panto Monk
Lee Whitlock
as Small Drunk
Jody Halse
as Fat Drunk
Richard M. Dixon
as King's Artiste
Christopher Drake
as Young Guardian
Bill Nighy
as General Fallon
John Kassir
as General Fallon's Sma...
Philip Philmar
as Cook Giant
Peter Elliott
as Sentry/Bugler Giant
Don McCorkindale
as Tongue Giant
Tayler Marshall
as 1st Child
Amber Vertannes
as 2nd Child
Alex MacQueen
as Tour Guide
Hattie Gotobed
as Little Girl
Steve Williams
as Master of Secrets
John Lebar
as Panto Giant 1
Phill Martin
as Panto Giant 2
Steve Haze
as Panto Musician
Tim Foley
as Jack's Father
Sydney Rawson
as Young Isabelle
Byron Coll
as Soldier
Peter Elliott
as Sentry/Bugler Giant
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News & Interviews for Jack the Giant Slayer

Critic Reviews for Jack the Giant Slayer

All Critics (195) | 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

There's no cleverness, no depth, and the way the action is written is passť at best (think "Lord Of The Rings" lite).

Full Review… | April 14, 2016

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 (UAE)

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

Audience Reviews for Jack the Giant Slayer


Really entertaining and charming fairy tale adventure that only suffers from the massive use of CGI. Especially the giants would have worked much better as real actors filmed in forced perspective. That doesn't mean there is plenty to enjoy here, though.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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

Jack the Giant Slayer Quotes

Cook Giant: Never get any good humans these days.
– Submitted by Adam P (2 years ago)
General Fallon: I am now your king, now follow as I lead.
– Submitted by Adam P (2 years ago)
Roderick: Shuh. Can't you see i'm talking to giants now.
– Submitted by Adam P (2 years ago)
Young Jack: Father? Could you read a bit of it for me please?
– Submitted by Adam P (2 years ago)

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