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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Reviews

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Patrick Gibbs
Daily Telegraph

With the action nonstop there is no time for mere acting, much less for a coherent plot.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

December 26, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A fun and worthy sequel that really continues the harrowing but exciting exploits of Indiana Jones...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

August 21, 2013
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

an unbelievably crass, unpleasant, horrific picture

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2012
Randy White
Common Sense Media

More gore, gross-outs than the other Indy blockbusters.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 2, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 13, 2010
James Berardinelli
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It's not the darker turn that makes The Temple of Doom uncomfortable at times; it's its mean-spiritedness.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 10, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews obvious step down from its stellar predecessor...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2008
Luke Y. Thompson

[T]he best of the Indiana Jones's insanely wonderful, in every sense of those words.

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May 25, 2008
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

It lacks the sense of detail that made Raiders such a treat. It isn't very clever, very funny or very compelling.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 22, 2008
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

May 21, 2008
Brian Holcomb

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 Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 21, 2008
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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 Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2008
Josh Larsen

...makes you wonder if Spielberg and series producer George Lucas might have been going through some sort of drug phase.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 7, 2008
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

May 7, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A breakneck adventure that moves at twice the pace of the original but has only half the creative strength.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | 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.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 5, 2008
Todd McCarthy
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Pic comes on like a sledgehammer, and there's even a taste of vulgarity and senseless excess not apparent in Raiders.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 5, 2008
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 5, 2008
Emanuel Levy

Though not as thrilling as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the second chapter still has merits, particularly its fast pacing, spectacular opening scene, and visual effects, which won the Oscars in 1984.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

April 29, 2008
Rory L. Aronsky
Screen It!

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Full Review Source: Screen It! | Original Score: 7.5/10

March 10, 2008
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