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Race to Witch Mountain Reviews

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Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
Everything about this "Race" comes off as a cheap also-ran, with little of that ol' Disney magic anywhere to be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
March 16, 2009
Dwayne Johnson shines alongside rising star AnnaSophia Robb, but the film's cookie-cutter plot and adolescent script make Witch Mountain hardly worth racing to.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 12, 2009
Since Seth and Sara only appropriated the bodies of human teenagers, I was left with a couple of questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 13, 2009
This is not a story that cries out to be remade every 15-20 years. And, while the special effects and acting are getting better, the story isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 13, 2009
Although Race to Witch Mountain is about space travelers, little soars here. The film is so by-the-book (and we don't mean Key's 1968 novel) that it's hard to recount it without reverting to blahblahblah.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 13, 2009
If Disney insists on raiding its own vaults for remakes, maybe they'll have better luck with The Laser-Vision, Missile-Launching, Face-Shredding Cat from Outer Space.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 12, 2009
Everything's a familiar plug-in from contemporary pop culture, every new development is brisk, bloodless and banal.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 13, 2009
Nearly everything's amiss with this falsely frenetic revamp of Disney's 1975 live-action movie 'Escape to Witch Mountain.'
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Johnson holds his own against the cute wunderkinder, but nobody's a match for the f/x onslaught of the noisy climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 13, 2009
An action movie for kids that adults should have no problem sitting through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Gilchrist
Sci Fi Wire
March 13, 2009
A stunningly incompetent family adventure film that fails on all levels of art, intelligence and even basic technical proficiency.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 12, 2009
The film doesn't really have a plot. It's more of a premise, cartoonishly executed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 16, 2009
I think most kids and certainly most adults are going to find themselves bored.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 16, 2009
There is so much in this film that needed to be tweaked and enhanced to really make it special.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 28, 2009
Reminiscent of a tiresome carnival ride whose operator abandoned it and left it to run for 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 16, 2009
The original is at least kitschy fun. So rent that before you even think about spending $40 for the family to see this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
April 10, 2009
This is a great idea that doesn't reach the heights it should.
Colin Fraser
FILMINK (Australia)
April 3, 2009
Johnson is effective, at least at first, but is ultimately let down by creaky production and a script that runs out of ideas long before the end, forcing most characters to yell "Watch out!" for the last twenty minutes.
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
March 13, 2009
Kids will want to root for their alien counterparts on screen. But they are second fiddle to the Rock wracking it up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Scott Chitwood
ComingSoon.net
March 13, 2009
Overall this is a solid kid's movie. If you have to entertain kids 12 and under over Spring Break, then I'd recommend "Race to Witch Mountain."
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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