Race to Witch Mountain (2009)



Critic Consensus: Despite the best efforts of a talented cast, Race to Witch Mountain is a tepid reboot that lacks the magic of the original.

Movie Info

For years, stories have circulated about a secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings. It's called Witch Mountain, and when a Las Vegas cab driver finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure he can't explain. They work together to discover that the only chance to save the world lies in unraveling the secrets of Witch Mountain, and the race begins.

Rating: PG (for sequences of action and violence, frightening and dangerous situations, and some thematic elements)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Lloyd Taylor, Matt Lopez, Mark Bomback, Andy Fickman, Nelson Stoll
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 4, 2009
Box Office: $67.1M
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as Dr. Alex Friedman

as Henry Burke

as Dr. Donald Harlan

as Sheriff Antony

as Frank

as Chuck

as Stenftenagel

as Gallagher

as Analyst D. Pleasence

as Four-Star General V....

as General E. Albert

as Natalie Gann

as Casey Taylor

as Gail Ross

as Iscovich

as Police Officer Hough

as Siphon Stunt Double

as Dominick

as Oren Bergman

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Critic Reviews for Race to Witch Mountain

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (36)

Race to Witch Mountain is the first kids' film in ages to have action beats that measure up to Hollywood's grownup action fare.

Full Review… | May 13, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

While it's hardly genre-changing, this is a nice dose of fun, family entertainment.

Full Review… | February 21, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Everything about this "Race" comes off as a cheap also-ran, with little of that ol' Disney magic anywhere to be found.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
American Profile

While the shootouts and sprinting manage to entertain in a decidedly PG fashion, Fickman's little touches stuffed into the corners of the frame lend Race the personality it dearly needs.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010

Race to Witch Mountain is pretty standard kiddie fare: Cute, precocious children are protected by a world-weary, wisecracking father figure and one-liners abound.

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
Washington Times

Boring and unoriginal, this new version might have some fancy visuals and a loud soundtrack but they're just a smokescreen for how boring and lifeless the film is.

Full Review… | August 15, 2009

Audience Reviews for Race to Witch Mountain


Was fun and the kids enjoyed it. I think i expected more considering the cast. The kids in this are both going to be good actors at the rate they are going and well it had the Rock.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

This sci-fi adventure aims mostly at a young audience and maybe they would even have fun with this. As an adult, there is very little of interest here. The Rock has been more charismatic in films, it feels as if he didn't really want to be there. The plot is rather predictable and far from being a "race". Sure, the film is fast enough not to get boring but the editing is rather bumpy and the story so full of stereotypes you feel you've seen it all before and much better. Most chances to have a little fun with geek and sci-fi-cliches, for example at the convention, are completely wasted. At least it's over rather quickly.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Dwayne Johnson should have stuck with wrestling, because he's not a very good actor. Despite his lousy efforts in this movie, however, it's not bad overall. Very rushed and cheesily written, but at least it never bored me. Neat special effects and a decent Disney feature, worth watching once. I hope to God though that "The Rock" will throw in the towel soon. Because he added nothing to the film, but an auto-piloted, painfully strained, where's-my-check type of performance.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

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