Jurassic Park III (2001)



Critic Consensus: The dinos are as cool as ever, but there's too much of a "been there, done that" feel.

Movie Info

Director Joe Johnston takes over the creative reins from Steven Spielberg for this third installment in the thriller franchise. Sam Neill returns as Dr. Alan Grant, a scientist who's tricked by wealthy couple Paul and Amanda Kirby (William H. Macy and Tea Leoni) into a fly-over of Isla Sorna. The object of their sightseeing tour is one of the Costa Rican islands populated by ferocious, genetically bred dinosaurs and the "site B" setting of Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World (1997). After their … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sci-fi terror and violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Taylor, Alexander Payne, Peter Buchman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 11, 2001
Box Office: $180.1M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


as Dr. Alan Grant

as Paul Kirby

as Amanda Kirby

as Billy Brennan

as Udesky

as Cooper

as Dr. Ellie Sattler

as Hannah

as Symposium Leader

as Science Reporter

as Male Student

as Female Student

as Man in Suit
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Critic Reviews for Jurassic Park III

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (35)

An all-action, helter-skelter, don't-forget-to-buy-the-computer-game ride that makes the two previous installments look like models of classic filmmaking.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Top Critic

True, the film offers little new, but it's still stirring family entertainment...

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

More than half an hour shorter than The Lost World, so at least there's a lot less of it to suffer through.

Full Review… | April 17, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

For kids who can handle nonstop action, it's good scary fun.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

A clumsy, and poorly written farce with irritating characters I prayed for imminent death to arrive to.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

An efficient and surprisingly palatable finale to the Jurassic franchise.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008

Audience Reviews for Jurassic Park III


Here we are in the homestretch of this shaky trilogy, and people probably went into this movie, scared out of their minds about how it will compare to both the original and the terrible sequel. I truly believe it falls safely in the middle of both. It will never be considered as great as the first by any means, but it is eons better that the film that preceded it. As a boy and his father are lost on the island after wanting to view it, their family is out looking for them, and who better to trick into coming with them than doctor Grant. With much better effects, a solid story, and a script that cares about it's source material, "Jurassic Park 3" is a very entertaining film from start to finish. You can completely skip the second film and come to this. They have pulled the series out of the gutter.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


An unnecessary sequel that only provides shallow thrills thanks to a few intense situations. The plot is a predictable series of loosely stitched together chase scenes, the characters are pretty stock, and the visual effects have certainly lost their wow factor (in fact they look even more dated than the first two). The actors do their best and having Sam Neill reprise his role as Dr. Alan Grant certainly does not hurt matters but the cliche script provides little substance for the actors to work with. As long as you don't compare this to the first movie too much, their are some neat ideas at play. The bigger and deadlier Spinosaurus is a cool new addition to the franchise while the most original sequence involving the flying Pteranodons is also a decent highlight. If you can withstand a half-baked plot and dumb characters, then "Jurassic Park III" provides a decently short distraction, otherwise just watch the other two and skip this last entry.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

While the visuals have lost their wow factor, this still maintains some of its acting and intense situations. While the raptors get unusual colours, T-Rex is replaced by a bigger and deadlier dinosaur; Spinosaurus. Sam Neill reprises his role as 'Dr Alan Grant' and, personally, is the highlight of acting in this film. Like with 'The Lost World', try not to compare too much with the original and this can be enjoyable.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

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