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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 216
Fresh: 77 | Rotten: 139

It doesn't offer much in the way of substance, but Prince of Persia is a suitably entertaining swashbuckler -- and a substantial improvement over most video game adaptations.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 30

It doesn't offer much in the way of substance, but Prince of Persia is a suitably entertaining swashbuckler -- and a substantial improvement over most video game adaptations.



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Ubisoft's popular video-game series of the same name gets adapted for the big screen in this sweeping fantasy adventure starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton. The setting is sixth century Persia. A nefarious nobleman covets the Sands of Time, a legendary gift from the gods that allows its possessor to turn back time. Whoever owns the Sands of Time has the power to rule the world, and this villainous lord would use that power to enslave all of humanity. The only person capable of defeating

Sep 14, 2010


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All Critics (216) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (77) | Rotten (139) | DVD (21)

[A] cacophonous, frivolous adaptation of Ubisoft's Arabian Nights-themed video-game series.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Comment (1)
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The sheer whoosh of the story line keeps you watching anyway, and, as the prince, Jake Gyllenhaal has a hearty good-naturedness that comes as a relief amid all the turbocharged antics. He wears his heroism lightly.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Disposable family entertainment.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This is a movie that knows exactly how dumb it is.

June 1, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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As usual, the talent in Prince of Persia is generally top notch -- from the cinematographer John Seale to the parkour expert David Belle -- but the ingredients have been masticated so heavily the results are mush.

May 28, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A spectacularly silly video-game adaptation about a Fresh Prince of Gel Hair who runs around the desert with a magic dagger, a curious version of Alfred Molina and some hoity-toity chick who never breaks a sweat. It's sort of pointless.

May 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comment (1)
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far from perfect, but it's fun to watch

January 18, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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"Prince of Persia" certainly has some entertainment value, but it suffers in the story department because it continually tries to fill the film with too much action.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source:

Gyllenhaal might have seemed like an odd choice to top-line an action flick, given his indie leanings and wet noodle persona, but he's surprisingly tolerable as Dastan; a parkour-obsessed oik who grows into an abs-solutely un-flabulous warrior.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

Someday someone is going to make a great film from a video game. Until then we have to be satisfied with being decently entertained without being hopelessly insulted. Prince of Persia manages to avoid doing either, so the wait continues.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source:

This movie stars exactly one paleface American and several paler-faced Brits in almost all the supporting roles. The bronzer budget must have been a major line item.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

...a pointless and aggressively bland big-budget disaster.

January 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (3)
Reel Film Reviews

It wanders through the desert, looking for an exciting hook but never finding one.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Views

The movie feels mediocre. It could've been much more, and so it seems the video game curse is still alive and well.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Comments (3)
Window to the Movies

Pijesak vremena nije film koji će gledateljima dugo ostati u sjećanju, to i ne mora automatski značiti da je lo

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

All about the empty spectacle, sound and fury building to multiple climaxes (without the pleasure). [Blu-ray]

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Comments (3)
Groucho Reviews

While Prince of Persia is no Pirates of the Caribbean, it's also nothing Bruckheimer or Disney need to feel ashamed of. My kids loved it.

September 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (2)
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The sands weigh heavily toward the action/special effects component, true to its video game origins and designed to the tastes of the fanboy gamer crowd.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Comment (1)
Cinema Signals

Disney tries its hand at adapting a video game and deliver a wasted opportunity of a film.

July 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Panorama | Comments (2)

It isn't that the film is bad, it's just that it's so bland at times you wonder if you're watching populist director like Ronald Emmerich trying to tackle a complex author like Dostoevsky.

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comment (1)
Cinema Sight

Is it wrong to have higher expectations for a company that is capable of excellence, especially when it is spending upwards of $150 million to make a movie?

June 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The CG-enhancements are so omnipresent here that they soon become the very opposite of "special" effects.

June 26, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

And this was supposed to be one of the summer's great popcorn movies? Yeesh.

June 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Reno News and Review | Comments (2)
Reno News and Review

Hay en esta versión cinematográfica del video juego cierto espíritu clásico que invita a recuperar algo de aquella inocencia y que hace recordar, por momentos, a aventuras como las de Indiana Jones. Solo que El Príncipe de Persia difícilmente se convierta

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Comment (1)
Uruguay Total

Memo to studio execs: 'most entertainment' and 'most entertaining' are two completely different things.

June 21, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Audience Reviews for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

They're going to release a film based on a breakfast cereal next, you mark my words. Apart from a bit of parkour I couldn't really see the link with the classic computer game, although it was slightly more fun, I remember the game being quite dull and only for the single player bedroom gamer. It's a bit like the Mummy, a bit like Indiana Jones and a bit like Wrath of the Titans although I don't think it is as good as any of them. It's just a little bit too predictable and formulaic and I thought it was poorly cast, many of the actors (Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina) were cast as cliched characters. Not my cup of tea but the effects were really good and it's a good film for the kids.
March 19, 2013

Super Reviewer

This movie is about a rogue prince who is accused of his father's murder and has to find the real killer. He meets a princess who is also the guardian of a dagger that can turn back time. Good cast and storyline.
March 3, 2013
Candy Rose

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I have seen a Friend playing this game couple of years ago then watched the Movie. Great Adventure. An adventure Movie the kind I like. I heard the Prince of Persia never had a name and was known just as "Prince of Persia." What a name. Dastan: which means a Legend.
January 7, 2013
Wahida K

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a visual treat with great action, gripping suspense, and great effects, and its one of the movies that is acceptable in the gaming world
December 30, 2012
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    1. Tamina: All the pain in the world will not help you find something that does not exist.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (23 months ago)
    1. General: It is said some lives are linked across time. Connected by an ancient calling that echoes through the ages. Destiny.
    – Submitted by Stevo P (24 months ago)
    1. Garsiv: [In his dying breath] Pr Pr- Pr- Pro- Protect The Empire!
    – Submitted by Zach S (2 years ago)
    1. Tamina: Dastan, where's the dagger?
    2. Dastan: You're welcome to search for it, but you'll have to be very thorough.
    – Submitted by Adam H (2 years ago)
    1. Sheik Amar: Have I told you about the Ngbaka?
    – Submitted by Alex O (3 years ago)
    1. Tamina: You don't understand what's at stake. This is a matter for the gods.
    2. Dastan: Your gods not mine.
    – Submitted by Paul L (3 years ago)
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