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Jurassic Park (1993)

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93

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 110
Fresh: 102 | Rotten: 8

Jurassic Park is a spectacle of special effects and life-like animatronics, with some of Spielberg's best sequences of sustained awe and sheer terror since Jaws.

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 3

Jurassic Park is a spectacle of special effects and life-like animatronics, with some of Spielberg's best sequences of sustained awe and sheer terror since Jaws.

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Steven Spielberg's phenomenally successful sci-fi adventure thriller is graced by state-of-the-art special effects from the team of Stan Winston, Phil Tippett and Michael Lantieri from George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic. The film follows two dinosaur experts -- Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Dr. Ellie Sattler Laura Dern) -- as they are invited by eccentric millionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) to preview his new amusement park on an island off Costa Rica. By cloning DNA harvested

Oct 10, 2000

$45.3M

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Jurassic Park is an astonishing success in one sense and one sense only: It is the monster of all monster movies, guaranteed to challenge weak bladders, flutter heartbeats and win automatic Oscars for the [tech crew].

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The enthralling man-vs.-nature parable based on the late Michael Crichton's best-selling novel hasn't aged one bit.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The 3-D process adds not just dimension but depth - a technological extension of cinematographer Gregg Toland's deep-focus innovations in The Grapes of Wrath and Citizen Kane. The change in perspective creates greater intensity.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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I'm a fan of this movie. It is thrilling, and the 3-D treatment is a nice enhancement.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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This movie doesn't just stand the test of time, it transcends it.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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"Jurassic Park" remains an absolute thrill from a Spielberg in top form: Funny, scary, fast-moving and full of just-right details.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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I loved every fascinating, suspenseful, frightening, skilfully calibrated minute of it.

August 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Jurassic Park is the most self-reflexive blockbuster ever made ...

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A very welcome memo to Hollywood that blockbusters don't have to be stupid.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

A thrill ride worthy of a real-life amusement park.

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The effects have barely aged and the joy is timeless. Take a child who's never seen it and watch their imagination expand before your eyes.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Despite the presence of all this acting talent, it is the film's special effects, especially the work of "dinosaur supervisor" Phil Tippett, that carry the day.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Spielberg is less assured in the department of character development and some of the actors give worse performances than the computer-generated creatures, but, with a landmark spectacle like this, who cares?

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Jurassic Park is a masterpiece!

June 26, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

The 3D doesn't add a lot to the narrative, but it's still an exciting adventure into the mesmerizing world of dinosaurs and humanity's godlike addiction to reviving the past.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Some things have dated - Sam Jackson wouldn't be allowed to smoke in the office; everyone would have mobiles; Google Earth would have kept the island from being kept a secret - but the power of the film's pioneering CGI remain strangely undiminished.

May 4, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Steven Spielberg's summer adventure is still one of the ultimate movie roller coaster rides.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Jurassic Park is a how-to guide for structuring a multi-character disaster film.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Standard

Still proves as thrilling as ever.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

A classic gets even better.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The film is a classic and the chance to see it on the big screen again (or for the first time) should not be missed

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
MediaMikes

Sentiment is explained by science as the family impulse that motivates so many Steven Spielberg stories is revealed to be an evolutionary imperative in this near-perfect action-adventure.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

[Looks] better not only than effects-driven movies of the same period, but better, frankly, than half of what gets released nowadays.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Kids who love dinosaurs will love it. And who doesn't?

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Time to Play Magazine
Time to Play Magazine

confirms both Spielberg's mastery of cinematic thrills and the comparatively empty bombast of today's summer tentpole movies, even the better ones.

April 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg's 1993 "dinosaurs on the loose" action-fest is almost comparable to Star Wars in the way it opened audiences' mind to the possibilities of visual effects (particularly, the previously little-used CGI). Even by today's standards the CGI and animatronic effects still hold a candle to modern efforts, breathing vivid life and personality into the prehistoric beasts. Due to seeing this movie in the theaters at a young age, certain scenes such as the first T-rex appearance and any suspenseful sequence with the velociraptors are forever burned in my memory.

But how does the actual movie hold up once the nostalgia goggles are taken off? Well, the film's biggest asset (aside from the entertaining visuals) is by far Spielberg's self-assured direction and it's tight pacing. There is very little wasted time when it comes to establishing the plot and key exposition points before diving into the awe-inspiring action sequences. Also, the touchingly emotional score by the ever-reliable John Williams is absolutely breath taking and is as iconic as the film itself.

While never boring, this sci-fi adventure is little different from the "big dumb Hollywood spectacles" that infest modern-day summers. The characters are rather unremarkable and under-written. John Hammond, the fun-loving park manager that is played delightfully by Richard Attenborough, is the only person that goes through anything resembling an arc but even then it's nothing spectacular. The story seems mostly concerned with getting to the next action set piece as soon as possible with little breathing room for the characters to develop. Due to this, actors such as Sam Neil, Laura Dern, and Martin Ferrero are given very little to work with outside of clunky and cliché exposition-laden dialogue (the "show don't tell rule" is broken quite a few times in this film). Jeff Goldblum fairs a little better as Ian Malcolm despite being mostly regulated to one-dimensional comic relief, and meanwhile Wayne Knight gives way to some pretty funny moments.

The script tries to bring up ethical questions pertaining to "science vs. nature", but it's half-baked and practically dropped by the time the second-half kicks in. It also does not help how the characters act very stupid at times (Malcolm during the T-rex's debut appearance) and some pretty blatant continuity errors (the T-rex somehow sneaking up on velociraptors despite previously making tremors wherever it went).

In the end, this influential blockbuster delivers on its still-impressive special effects and infectious thrills, but stumbles with it's straightforward-to-a-fault narrative and thin characterization. While I'll always have a soft-spot for this flick, it's just a shame that as an adult what I remember so fondly makes up only a fraction of it's actual quality.
December 25, 2013
Christopher Heim

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A modern classic whose superb script is even more impressive than Spielberg's expert direction and the jaw-dropping effects to create the dinosaurs - including several scenes serving multiple functions and narrative elements introduced that turn out to be essential later.
September 9, 2013
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

If I had to rank my top 10-20 favorite movies of all time, "Jurassic Park" would have to be on that list(probably around 10). It has everything. Action, adventure, great acting, a great plot, and 20 years later is holds up amazingly well. If you don't know the story, then run to the theater and see this now, because you will be missing out by not seeing this at least once on the big screen. I saw a teaser in IMAX when I saw the new "Oz" movie, and immediately knew I wanted to see this again. I wanted to see it at IMAX, but due to where I was the day we were gonna go, I could only see it in 3D. The 3D is done well, but it doesn't really add anything to enhance the movie, unless you see it in IMAX. The teaser I saw was the T-Rex scene, and let me tell you that was something special. You felt like you were right there in the car with the kids and wanted to hold your ears shut too at how loud the T-Rex roars. The effects on this movie are still awe inspiring and better than most movies made today. Time has been very kind to "Jurassic Park". I've heard that 2014 will bring part 4, and after rewatching this, it can't come soon enough
April 23, 2013
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

I saw Jurassic Park first at the age of 9. It was no secret to my mother how much I loved dinosaurs, so as a reward for getting an A+ on a research project, she took me to see this movie at the theatre, and from that moment, my obsession with film began. Jurassic Park was the movie that made me fall in love with the movies. It introduced me to the magic of film, being able to see fantastical worlds where anything is possible.
As Jurassic Park IMAX 3D is released, I am slightly older and wiser (with much emphasis on the word 'slightly'), but the film has lost none of its magic. From a technical standpoint, the effects look as incredible as ever. The narrative is a brilliant mix of sci-fi, adventure, and horror, filled with great dialogue and intriguing ethical debates. At 28 years old, I may be able to read into the subtext while also spotting the plot lapses and continuity errors, but seeing this movie on the big screen in today's most up to date technology made me feel like a 9 year old kid again. It completely renewed my love for the movies.
April 6, 2013
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

    1. Ian Malcolm: When you gotta go, you gotta go.
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    1. Robert Muldoon: Clever girl.
    – Submitted by Lovino V (12 months ago)
    1. Ian Malcolm: Remind me to thank John for the wonderful weekend.
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    1. John Hammond: I really hate that man.
    – Submitted by Joe N (12 months ago)
    1. Ian Malcolm: That is one big pile of shit
    – Submitted by Joe N (12 months ago)
    1. Ian Malcolm: If I may... Um, I'll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you're using here, it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now [bangs on the table]
    – Submitted by Adam O (15 months ago)
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