Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Reviews

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Patrick Gibbs
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 26, 2013
With the action nonstop there is no time for mere acting, much less for a coherent plot.
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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
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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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Part of the trouble is that anything clearly does go, including the slender hold on credibility that Raiders managed to maintain.
Rob Blackwelder
April 25, 2004
Yes, Temple of Doom still stinks -- save that spectacular opening Shanghai nightclub scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
November 1, 2003
stilted attempts to soften Doom's gloom only create a sense of manipulative phoniness
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 3, 2005
Terrific opening with 'Anything Goes' in Chinese -- then the kid shows up and it's downhill.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
June 24, 2015
Spielberg has come up with another rousing piece of entertainment.
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
More gore, gross-outs than the other Indy blockbusters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
April 4, 2005
All action and little story made for an entertaining followup to the adventure classic.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The kind of movie where your date is always grabbing your forearm in a viselike grip, as unbearable excitement unfolds on the screen. After the movie is over, you've had a great time but your arm is black-and-blue for a week.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 8, 2005
Only so so follow up to "Raiders." Extra points off for the very annoying Short Round.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
June 20, 2002
Everything bad in Temple of Doom is the fault of the insipid script, and everything good belongs to Spielberg, Ford, and that funny little Asian kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
May 26, 2014
This movie is batshit insane.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
Rob Gonsalves
November 7, 2007's cathartic as hell, for Spielberg and for those of us who go for the ride. The mayhem is transporting, inspired, exultant...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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