The Core Reviews

Top Critic
May 28, 2003
April 1, 2003
Undigestible fusion of worst-case earth science and leaden pacing.
March 31, 2003
[I]t's not campy enough to be consistently entertaining, and it's certainly not exciting or smart enough to be a first-rate sci-fi epic like a Deep Impact.
March 28, 2003
Jules Verne this isn't, but it makes for fairly diverting escapist fare.
March 28, 2003
There's a marked absence of panic in The Core.
March 28, 2003
Scientists may shudder, but at least some good actors are getting work.
March 28, 2003
The Core works because the characters are idiosyncratic enough to seem authentic but not so zany that they seem contrived.
March 28, 2003
Unblushingly tacky and derivative.
March 28, 2003
This is one shelved project that should have stayed on the shelf.
March 28, 2003
When taken as an old-fashioned adventure with a comic-book plot, The Core works well. But at 130 minutes it wears out its welcome, and like Earth's balky core, it sputters and stalls.