Jurassic Park Reviews

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
July 31, 2013
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].
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 8, 2013
Jurassic Park shows us a director in transition, and the film captures his transformation in its own kind of cinematic amber.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 5, 2013
The enthralling man-vs.-nature parable based on the late Michael Crichton's best-selling novel hasn't aged one bit.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 5, 2013
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.
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
April 4, 2013
I'm a fan of this movie. It is thrilling, and the 3-D treatment is a nice enhancement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 4, 2013
This movie doesn't just stand the test of time, it transcends it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 4, 2013
"Jurassic Park" remains an absolute thrill from a Spielberg in top form: Funny, scary, fast-moving and full of just-right details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
April 4, 2013
"Jurassic Park" was impressive in 1993. Twenty years later, it's flawless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
April 4, 2013
Spielberg has gone on to weightier and more prestigious projects, but this thrill ride is one of his best and a masterpiece of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
April 3, 2013
That T. rex is worth the wait, but the wait itself is even more memorable.
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
April 1, 2013
For all the ingenuity of the movie's engineering, Jurassic Park doesn't have the imagination -- or the courage -- to take us any place we haven't been a thousand times before. It's just a creature feature on amphetamines.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 1, 2013
Do the dinosaurs work? Indeed they do. Does anything else? Not really.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 1, 2013
The earthshaking footfalls of these lizard-kings are palpable and terrifying. Spielberg's crew of dinosaur-effects artists has conjured up a Mesozoic menagerie whose realism outdoes anything in cinema history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 1, 2013
This is as close as any of us is likely to get to witnessing life in prehistoric times.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
April 1, 2013
The characters aren't much more well-defined than the anonymous victims of a teen horror movie... The dinosaur effects, however, are absolutely stunning, and sometimes so natural that one even forgets to be impressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 6, 2009
Spielberg's peerless twin gift has always been for making the fantastic seem real (Close Encounters, E.T., the Indiana Jones trilogy) and the real fantastic (Jaws).
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2007
The well-selected cast is winningly sympathetic and entertainingly idiosyncratic.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
There's more soul to be found in any Kong close-up than in this film's overplayed reactions.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Spielberg is still supreme as an action director, and when the T Rex makes beefburger of the jeep, or the vicious 'Raptors stalk their human prey, the film inspires wonder and awe.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 24, 2006
You won't believe your eyes.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Spielberg has great fun with every last growl and rumble signaling the approach of danger...
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 13, 2001
May be one-dimensional and even clunky in story and characterization, but definitely delivers where it counts, in excitement, suspense and the stupendous realization of giant reptiles.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
You want great dinosaurs, you got great dinosaurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Jurassic Park does for live-action critters what Who Framed Roger Rabbit did for toons. In that sense, it's a cinematic landmark, but in terms of plot and character, it's about as well developed as Godzilla.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
In the end, Jurassic Park succeeds because it's good entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This is Jaws with huge, scaly ridges. At times, it's more frightening.