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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Reviews

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Eileen Jones
The eXile (Russia)
October 27, 2011
A big-budget, corny, by-the-numbers sequel designed to please legions of nostalgic fans.
May 18, 2008
If you want to get prepared for this one, don't go back and watch the other Indy movies. Pull out The Lost World instead. Both films are directed by the same Steven Spielberg - bored, only mildly engaged and seemingly going through the motions.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 30, 2008
... bored me to the point that I really wanted to get up and leave the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine
June 3, 2008
You sense that if Lucas had his way, Harrison Ford would have measured Shia LeBeouf's midiclorian levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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James Berardinelli
May 18, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull can't be seen as anything other than a very minor chapter in the adventures of one of cinema's most beloved action heroes and a disappointment for those who have waited patiently for his return.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 22, 2008
Ultimately, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is instant artifact. It's a vessel with a great deal of pictorial images on its surface. But its contents are long gone.
| Original Score: 2/4
May 19, 2008
It's not that Crystal Skull doesn't deliver the laughs and the thrills; it's just that they all feel incredibly calculated, and it's quite possible that you won't remember them after a day or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 18, 2008
A lot of the picture veers uneasily between solemnity and slapstick and 47 different genres.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 21, 2008
Sitting through Steven Spielberg's slog down memory lane means waiting for surprise, waiting for delight, waiting for daylight after turgid trudges through Peruvian caves, and waiting for an abstract story to coalesce.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 26, 2008
This entry feels hokey and jokey, mired in nostalgia and strewn with Spielbergian and Lucasian themes as fake as the cobwebs used on the sound-stagey sets.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Senior citizens' special of the year, a popcorn movie made from, uh, mature corn.
James Rocchi
May 18, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull feels simultaneously self-conscious and self-satisfied, as if a little warm glow of past glory will soothe our bumps and blows from the clumsiness of the script.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 22, 2008
It's not bad, exactly. It's not a desecration of the franchise. It's just . . . tired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull gets swamped in a sea of stunts and CGI that are relentless as the scenes and character relationships are charmless.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 20, 2008
Although the title is imposingly big, producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg's first installment in the adventure saga since 1989's The Last Crusade is, in many respects, disappointingly diminutive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 28, 2008
They had 19 years since the last Indiana Jones movie to come up with something truly exciting and fresh, but I feel there's a certain laziness and cynicism in this latest adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stephen Silver
The Trend
June 11, 2008
The pace is a bit lethargic, and the film also suffers from the usual Spielberg Achilles' heel of many, many false endings.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Kaleem Aftab
Independent (UK)
May 18, 2008
The first new chapter in the Indiana Jones saga for 20 years starts with a bang before the director Steven Spielberg's penchant for schmaltz and the supernatural leaves a permanent scar on the franchise.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 21, 2008
There's plenty of frantic energy in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, lots of noise and money too, but what's absent is any sense of rediscovery.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Kyle Smith
June 21, 2008
Packed with fights and chases--but then so were the old Tom and Jerry cartoons. The worst Steven Spielberg popcorn flick since 1941.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Frank Wilkins
Reel Reviews
August 24, 2010
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Derek Elley
June 29, 2011
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
March 3, 2012
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2011
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