Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
June 24, 2015
Spielberg has come up with another rousing piece of entertainment.
Rob Vaux
May 26, 2014
This movie is batshit insane.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Patrick Gibbs
Daily Telegraph
December 26, 2013
With the action nonstop there is no time for mere acting, much less for a coherent plot.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 21, 2013
A fun and worthy sequel that really continues the harrowing but exciting exploits of Indiana Jones...
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 15, 2012
an unbelievably crass, unpleasant, horrific picture
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
More gore, gross-outs than the other Indy blockbusters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 13, 2010
Again you will savor the Indiana Jones schizophrenia: by day a bow-tied, bespectacled archaeologist; by night a resourceful swaggerer, whom Ford brings to life as a modern blend of Bogie and the Duke, with just a glint of misfit psychopathy in his eyes.
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James Berardinelli
June 10, 2008
It's not the darker turn that makes The Temple of Doom uncomfortable at times; it's its mean-spiritedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 26, 2008 obvious step down from its stellar predecessor...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Luke Y. Thompson
May 25, 2008
[T]he best of the Indiana Jones's insanely wonderful, in every sense of those words.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 22, 2008
It lacks the sense of detail that made Raiders such a treat. It isn't very clever, very funny or very compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 21, 2008
The reality is that this is the film that comes closest to reflecting the racism, sexism and jingoism that fuelled most of the serials that originally sparked Spielberg and George Lucas's impressionable young imaginations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Holcomb
May 21, 2008
Where the brilliant "Raiders" was an adventure film aimed at the child at heart, "Temple of Doom" is really designed for the kiddie market itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 14, 2008
If it was a sign of the times for Indiana Jones to take on more of a comic-book aspect, the film's accomodation of darker themes and explicit imagery came as something of a shock to many.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
May 7, 2008
...makes you wonder if Spielberg and series producer George Lucas might have been going through some sort of drug phase.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 7, 2008
While 'The Temple of Doom' is a bit gloomy, puts children in danger, and confines its action primarily to one spot, it's still quite entertaining. (Blu-ray edition)
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 5, 2008
A breakneck adventure that moves at twice the pace of the original but has only half the creative strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

May 5, 2008
Fantastically choreographed action sequences and another comely companion for Indy (Capshaw) and gloriously overdone visual devices make up for the shameless lack of plot.
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Todd McCarthy
May 5, 2008
Pic comes on like a sledgehammer, and there's even a taste of vulgarity and senseless excess not apparent in Raiders.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 5, 2008
The film betrays no human impulse higher than that of a ten-year-old boy trying to gross out his baby sister by dangling a dead worm in her face.
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