Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Schager
L.A. Weekly
June 7, 2010
[A] cacophonous, frivolous adaptation of Ubisoft's Arabian Nights-themed video-game series.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 4, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 2, 2010
Disposable family entertainment.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
June 1, 2010
This is a movie that knows exactly how dumb it is.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 28, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 28, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 28, 2010
Prince of Persia is destined to disappear into the quicksand of time, too innocuous to be hated, too bland to be remembered, just awaiting some bright optimist in a distant future to press the do-over button.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 28, 2010
This movie is little more than a big noise bomb with jerky movements attached.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 28, 2010
It's not a classic, but it's sturdy enough, thanks to Gyllenhaal and a sly and grousing turn by Alfred Molina as Sheikh Amar, a scoundrel with a heart of gold -- or at least, a ticker very interested in riches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manuel Mendoza
Dallas Morning News
May 28, 2010
Don't think too much about its main prop and plot device -- a magic sword that can turn back the clock and change history -- and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a fun ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 28, 2010
Men sporting bronzer and spewing cliches in British accents while battling evil and dealing with cheesy special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 28, 2010
Prince of Persia is woven of recycled fibers, but by the slipping standards of summertime entertainment, it's a magic carpet ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 28, 2010
The story unfolds with little regard for subtlety, and wisecracks are what pass for humor. When a gaggle of gangly ostriches offers one of the biggest laughs, wit clearly is at a premium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 28, 2010
Prince of Persia, a movie born of a video game, is at war with itself, and the bad guys win.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 28, 2010
Although Prince of Persia stimulates the circulatory and nervous systems, it engages none of the higher faculties of game play. Like, say, hand-eye coordination and map-reading skills. It's a frenetic yet passive experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 28, 2010
Prince of Persia got the go-ahead from an administration at Disney that was sent on its way last year. I wouldn't be surprised if their successors at the Mouse House wish they had a magic dagger that would allow them to go back and erase this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
May 27, 2010
The movie is too cheerful and earnest to motivate any active dislike toward it, but not good enough to warrant any strong praise. It's the reason shrugs were invented.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 27, 2010
The funny thing is that Gyllenhaal, with his boyish charm playing nicely off his buffed-up physique, actually makes a pretty decent action hero. If only we could go back in time and make Prince of Persia worthy of him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 27, 2010
All of the action and mayhem is designed to distract the viewer from the realization that a lot of what transpires during the course of this movie makes little sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 27, 2010
What's missing in Prince of Persia is a sense that all the running, jumping, climbing and fighting is leading to something. The best video games challenge you to reach the next level. Prince of Persia is content to skim the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 27, 2010
Fortunately, flesh-and-blood achievements exceed the plastic failures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 27, 2010
A lot of action flicks are examples of mediocrity, but a truly terrible action movie, one that shows how not to do things at every turn, is a rare thing. Perhaps this was the true destiny of Prince of Persia.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 27, 2010
Prince of Persia will inspire filmmakers for years to come. They will watch it and say, "What a mess. I can do better."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
May 27, 2010
Despite the focus on scope and scale, this big picture feels pretty darn small.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 27, 2010
They have plans for a sequel. A franchise, even. But there's no reason on Earth, or anywhere, for Prince of Persia 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 27, 2010
You've seen Lord of the Rings? Here's the CVS brand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 27, 2010
Spinning a handsome Disney adventure out of a videogame is a testament to Bruckheimer's commercial savvy. The fact that it still isn't particularly good seems beside the point.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
May 27, 2010
I had fun watching all of the claptrap unfold -- or, perhaps, more than I've had at other recent big-screen spectacles, so perhaps it's only the baseness of its peers that makes this "Prince" seem even slightly regal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 27, 2010
It's sort of fun, certainly more so than the National Treasure pictures, as well as less manic (a little less) than the recent Mummy films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 27, 2010
The two leads are not inspired. Jake Gyllenhaal could make the cover of a muscle mag, but he plays Dastan as if harboring Spider-Man's doubts and insecurities. I recall Gemma Arterton as resembling a gorgeous still photo in a cosmetics ad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 27, 2010
It's like two hours of July 4th fireworks, only with flying swords and sandstorms, and raging battles and mystical palaces rising out of the desert.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 26, 2010
There's nothing terribly memorable about Prince of Persia; recalling the plot a half-hour afterward might require some effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 26, 2010
It's meant to be fun, not work, but the plot is so loosely constructed it takes a lot of effort to piece things together. Better just to wait for Jake to mow down more bad guys and hit reset. Or, ahem, wait till the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 26, 2010
As sword-and-sandal fantasy movies based on videogames and starring a buffed-up Jake Gyllenhaal go, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time goes pretty well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 26, 2010
A ditzy film that offers more evidence that good actors, good action and one-liners don't solve the one thing missing in every movie video game adaptation -- a story that makes sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
May 26, 2010
Scraps of moderately inspired eye candy ... remain sparse and incapable of lending weight to such cash-my-paycheck-dammit material.
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 24, 2010
Prince of Persia is meant purely as light entertainment, but the way it draws on layers of junk is depressing.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 20, 2010
Prince of Persia won't linger long in the memory -- but then it probably wasn't meant to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
May 10, 2010
A handsome, fast-paced and innocuous adventure that's easy to take but lacks epic scale.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
May 10, 2010
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is silky to the touch, but slips from the mind all too easily.