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Journey to the Center of the Earth Reviews

November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 21, 2008
Most of the movie, directed by Eric Brevig, is as daft, outlandish, and speedy as it needs to be, and, for all its newfangled effects, touchingly old-fashioned in its reverence for the Jules Verne novel that inspired it.
July 11, 2008
Perfectly charming as well as predictably eye-popping.
July 11, 2008
Flat and predictable, though the visuals are often striking.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
July 11, 2008
If, at this moment, the child next to you grabs your arm and hollers "Duck!", the movie will have been worth the ticket price.
July 11, 2008
The absence of star charisma in Journey denies the audience some focus in a movie that keeps changing backdrops and is ultimately no more than the sum of its wild-eyed parts.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 11, 2008
Journey shows that Brevig knows exactly what visual effects can do -- and more important, what they can't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2008
A movie that's faithful to an idea, and to a sense of adventure, more than to a specific work.
July 11, 2008
I don't know if 3-D could improve all movies (nothing could make The Love Guru funny) but it sure works here.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 11, 2008
Journey may be an utterly weightless movie, but in the end it floats rather nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2008
It has a just-rebellious-enough kid, just-goofy-enough hero, a cute competent heroine and plenty of bumper-car chase scenes and house-of-shocks surprises.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2008
Unusual for this genre, the script doesn't insult the audience's intelligence, and it mercifully soft-pedals its message about the virtues of reading.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2008
The cast hits the right notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 11, 2008
Clean, lightweight escapism with a top-notch gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2008
A virtual theme-park simulation and possibly a milestone of immersive entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 11, 2008
That dinosaur looks like it's popping off the screen! Cool!
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 11, 2008
A popcorn movie that delivers precisely what it promises. The dialogue is tepid and the outcome is preordained, but it moves at the brisk pace of a carnival ride, leaving you breathless and ready for another spin.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 11, 2008
With crisp images and depth that makes you feel you could reach out and stick your hand into the middle of the action, the movie projected in digital 3-D form actually makes that theme-park ride kind of fun.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 11, 2008
Much of Journey plays like a thinner version of an Indiana Jones movie " a series not noted for its stoutness to begin with.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
July 11, 2008
Eric Brevig, making his feature directing debut after a long career as a visual effects supervisor, lurches from one CG set piece to the next, though he's helped along by Fraser's easy comic touch.
July 11, 2008
The gimmickry can't lift the boats of a threadbare storyline. What the proselytizers and the investors forget is that if the characters and emotions aren't three-dimensional, the rest of the movie will always look flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 11, 2008
Director Eric Brevig knows he's not really shooting a Jules Verne mind-blower; this is pure blockbuster, and it's a fine specimen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 10, 2008
Like its early predecessors, it's a nominally fun trip, but it's tissue-thin and instantly forgettable.
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 10, 2008
Journey to the Center of the Earth is terrific family entertainment, an action comedy on a par with Night at the Museum and National Treasure.
July 10, 2008
I can't tell you how this film looks in 2-D, which is how the majority of the nation's customers will partake of it. I saw it in 3-D. I liked it. It's dopey, but I liked it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2008
Episodes of Land of the Lost were more inspired.
July 10, 2008
It's old-fashioned family-friendly B-movie cheese, served up in this Brendan Fraser/Jules Verne action epic for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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 10, 2008
The real star here is the pair of 3-D glasses you're handed when you walk into the theater. With them, Journey is a kick (if not much more).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 9, 2008
Wandering around the earth's stalactite-dripped core exerts a primal appeal even in a dumb kiddie joyride like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 7, 2008
It would be barely passable under normal circumstances, but in 3-D it's a circus of excellent FX.
July 1, 2008
As a 2-D movie, or inevitable DVD, it probably fails. As a 3-D experience, though, it rocks.
June 30, 2008
Probably has the highest screams-per-capita ratio in the history of action-adventure pics, and a better thrill-per-minute deal than most.
June 30, 2008
It's just a lot of fun.