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Journey to the Center of the Earth Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 10, 2008
The story is slight and predictable, the character development pretty much nonexistent, and though the effects are generally solid, without 3-D the movie would be pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
July 11, 2008
Plot, dialogue and acting are buried beneath a visual barrage that may stimulate children but dizzy adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 11, 2008
This is a fairly bad movie, and yet at the same time maybe about as good as it could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 10, 2008
In generating what amounts to a 90-minute theme park ride, the filmmakers lost track of the need to tell a compelling story to supplement the eye candy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 9, 2008
[Not] the worst way to kill a few hours. Just think of it more as an E-Ticket attraction and less as an actual movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
August 2, 2009
Whilst 3D glasses might mask this lapse of originality by putting it all in your face, from a standard visual plane, the creative potential of Verne's novel appears to be inexcusably wasted.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 11, 2008
It's mostly for videogame fans who wish movies were more like videogames.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 10, 2008
Special effects have come a long way since Jurassic Park, but you wouldn't know it from Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
September 26, 2008
Poor Brendan Fraser, he must have known he had nothing to work with here, he looks as if he's sleepwalking through the role, not a career highlight for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 21, 2008
As it is with alot of gimmick movies, there is just not enough material to even sustain 90 minutes.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Peikert
New York Press
July 9, 2008
While the actual meat of the film features at least one spectacular sequence involving a chasm and floating magnetic rocks, the rest is marred by badly conceived 3-D effects.
Jarrod Walker
FILMINK (Australia)
September 26, 2008
It's all curiously uninvolving, and it's only Fraser's goofy grin and slapstick physicality that hold any character interest whatsoever.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 11, 2008
If Journey to the Center of the Earth is not a ride, then what is it? One thing it may not be, quite, is a movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 2, 2010
Journey relentlessly dishes out the action and offers the bespectacled audience plenty of goopy, grabby 3-D jolts, but it all resembles a run of the mill video game. Brevig can't shake the material loose from its unbridled artificiality."
Full Review | Original Score: D
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
July 16, 2008
Fun as thrill ride, but surprisingly poor as film.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
July 11, 2008
If 3D is indeed the future of movies, we're going to need something more substantial than Journey to the Center of the Earth to convince us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 15, 2008
The first summer movie that is both: a) truly comparable to a roller coaster ride; and b) significantly worse than a roller coaster ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Kyle Smith
KyleSmithOnline.com
July 14, 2008
Aggressively bland, a display of X-treme mildness, a cinematic saltine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 11, 2008
Flat and predictable, though the visuals are often striking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
July 11, 2008
The screenwriters seem to have dedicated far more time to trying to shoehorn in as many gags involving things flying off the screen than into trying to come up with an interesting story in which to frame them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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