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Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 151
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 86

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

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 18

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

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Walt Disney Pictures resurrects one of their time-honored franchises with Race to Witch Mountain, a family-oriented sci-fi adventure that tells the story of two alien visitors (AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig) whose search for their spacecraft gets them caught up in an adventure with a cab driver (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and a UFO specialist (Carla Gugino). As the group races toward the mysterious mountain in the Nevada desert that has mystified scientists and paranormal researchers for

Aug 4, 2009

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All Critics (153) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (86) | DVD (13)

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

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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It's pacy all right, but glib and uninvolving for grown-ups, though perhaps furnished with enough in the way of spaceships, lasers and digital explosions to pacify undemanding little 'uns of an afternoon.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The planet-hopping children have special talents -- telekinesis, telepathy etc. -- although it is the high-wattage lovability of Mr. Rock that's the real superpower on display here.

March 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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These blond space children (Ludwig and Bridge to Terabithia's Robb) are persuasively otherworldly -- and the movie makes room for sympathetic cameos from Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann of the first go-round.

March 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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There is so much in this film that needed to be tweaked and enhanced to really make it special.

March 16, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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I think most kids and certainly most adults are going to find themselves bored.

March 16, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comment (1)
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While it's hardly genre-changing, this is a nice dose of fun, family entertainment.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
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.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
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.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

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.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
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.

August 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views | Comments (2)

A reasonably satisfying family film that updates things while staying true to the adventurous, sci-fi spirit of the originals.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

If it's possible for a movie to be agressively bland, Race to Witch Mountain is that movie. [Blu-ray]

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

...suffers from a pervasively stagnant atmosphere that effectively drains the energy right out of its high-octane moments...

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Race with your kids to see it.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

There are no sustained characters of any kind, despite some capable acting talent. There is no believable relationship between the characters. There is no attempt to develop any of the political issues the film touches upon.

June 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

In 35 years, people probably will have forgotten 'Race to Witch Mountain' the way my generation has amnesia when it comes to its 1975 predecessor 'Escape to Witch Mountain.'

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Johnson holds his own against the cute wunderkinder, but nobody's a match for the f/x onslaught of the noisy climax.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

This kids' adventure from Disney is amiable with nice performances.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

The result is a disappointingly unadventurous adventure, with characters and events that never involve us.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

There are decent special effects, and Johnson can play it tough while also being a kid-friendly presence.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Cue a not very dazzling chase movie.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Family audiences in search of Easter entertainment will not feel disappointed by what is basically one long chase and the film will make a great theme-park ride.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

This surely has to be the last of the series.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The pre-Star Wars Disney sci-fi adventure Escape to Witch Mountain gets a 21st-century reboot here, with beefed-up action, hyperactive editing and even a few shout-outs to George Lucas's blockbuster classic thrown into the mix.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Audience Reviews for Race to Witch Mountain

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.
January 4, 2012
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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.
September 14, 2011
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