Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Reviews

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December 15, 2011
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June 7, 2008
The energy on display is impressive, even if Spielberg's suggestion that a fifth Indie adventure is a distinct possibility is more a cause for concern than celebration.
May 27, 2008
Crystal Skull isn't bad -- there are a few dazzling sequences, and a couple of good performances -- but the unprecedented blend of comedy and action that made the movies so much more fun than any other adventure series is mostly gone.
May 27, 2008
There's nothing but entertainment value here.
May 27, 2008
The action is the movie's raison d'être, of course, but the setups are wittier than the payoffs.
May 23, 2008
Crystal Skull is a fun ride, but if we have to wait 19 years for the next one, that's OK by me.
May 23, 2008
Indy isn't boning up on Babylonian texts; he's leafing through the Weekly World News.
May 22, 2008
Expecting Brando-esque menace or Dreyfus-ian uplift from the Indiana Jones tetralogy is like going to the candy counter at the mall multiplex and asking for some goat cheese and a nice cabernet.
May 22, 2008
Even as the movie occasionally trips over its nostalgias, it's still a likable, if unremarkable, entertainment, a pleasant echo of past delights.
May 22, 2008
Nobody can orchestrate this robust silliness better than Steven Spielberg, who brings effortless visual panache to the proceedings, even when he can't entirely hide its mercenary nature.
May 22, 2008
It's not bad, exactly. It's not a desecration of the franchise. It's just . . . tired.
May 22, 2008
Nearly two decades after the last appearance, Indiana Jones is back, along with its diminishing returns and its aging principals and their trademark tools.
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.
May 22, 2008
The character and plot contrivances are dumber than ever, but this is basically vaudeville, not narrative, and the thrills keep coming.
May 22, 2008
It's romantic manliness at its purest, almost but not quite schmaltz, ideally calculated to please true believers and ironic snorters at once.
May 22, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is probably the worst of the Indiana Jones movies, but it's still pretty much a delight, from the beginning almost until the end.
May 22, 2008
We're also (relievedly) a long way away here from the strenuous self-importance of the Bruckheimer-era blockbuster, and one should never look even such modest gift horses in the mouth.
May 21, 2008
At his best, Spielberg is certainly capable of tapping, to almost unnerving degree, collective moods and fears and longings, both emotional and cultural.
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