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Jack the Giant Slayer Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
Forget that Giant Slayer feels photocopied and is entirely unnecessary. It's just not exciting.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
March 19, 2013
A mash-up of old-school heroism, pantomime villainy, starstruck lovers and post-'Shrek' archness, it's more exhausting than exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 4, 2013
It's fast, rousing, and blessedly brief - under two hours instead of, say, nine in three bladder-straining installments.
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
March 1, 2013
Unlike Peter Jackson with the overstuffed The Hobbit,[director Bryan]Singer shies away from the epic and settles for entertaining. Sometimes that's more than enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 1, 2013
Not awful, not wonderful, Jack the Giant Slayer is a midrange fairy tale epic that's a lot more ho-hum than fee-fi-fo-fum.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
March 1, 2013
Jack the Giant Slayer is slight, but consistently amusing.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 1, 2013
The movie feels so much like a video game that your fingers instinctively itch to do something, though a Jack video game isn't one we'd really want to play.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 1, 2013
The script sets up the situation and characters nicely, and the actors are terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 1, 2013
Although it often feels there's more of mechanics than the muse keeping Jack the Giant Slayer going, this sprightly fairy tale reworking is full of beans, smartly written and packs plenty of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 1, 2013
While it's fine for a director to explore his childhood inspirations, you hope he would bring something a bit more personal to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 1, 2013
"Jack the Giant Slayer" seems more likely to be "Jack the Giant Bomb."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 1, 2013
"Jack" seems designed to appeal to a very narrow, and possibly illusory, demographic: the mature moppet.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 1, 2013
It's fast paced, energetic, and enormously likeable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 28, 2013
Singer's take on ye olde yarne has wit about it, and it certainly looks good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 28, 2013
There may never have been a Jack tale that delivered so little pleasure for so many dollars as what we have here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
February 28, 2013
What's the point of making a movie with a 9-year-old boy's sensibility, then including just enough violence to garner a PG-13 rating?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 28, 2013
Jack's problem is that he's a commoner, but the movie's problem is that its script is commoner still, an enchantment-free pretext for animated action, straight-ahead storytelling and ersatz romance.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 28, 2013
"Jack the Giant Slayer" is the kind of old-fashioned, entertaining fantasy-adventure you once saw regularly in theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 28, 2013
There's more to this Jack and the Beanstalk adaptation than Fee-fi-fo-fum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 28, 2013
It feels like a film made by a committee, for a demographic rather than an audience. It's a tale full of sound and fury (and flying bodies) signifying nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 28, 2013
This finally is just a digitally souped-up, one-dimensional take on "Jack and the Beanstalk," capped by the kind of interminable blowout that makes many big-studio entertainments feel as long as the last Oscars.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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February 28, 2013
At its heart, the film is just a simple fairy tale, an epic reduced to an engaging adventure of a bedtime story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 28, 2013
This digitally tricked-out fairy tale makes for a reasonably engaging kids' fantasy, but at best we're talking about a junior varsity "Lord of the Rings."
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
February 28, 2013
This grotesque world is imaginatively, magically rendered with heavy stone architecture and a dreary lack of adornment. It's such an intriguing place that you wouldn't mind staying a bit longer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 28, 2013
Big and loud and so bland it kinda feels like we've been sold a bill of goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 28, 2013
Jack the Giant Slayer proves the axiom "If you can't make it good, make it 3D."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 28, 2013
The director, Bryan Singer, works more anonymously here than he did in the X-Men films. Jack the Giant Slayer feels like it could have been made by anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
February 28, 2013
If you thought the tale ended when Jack clambered back down from the skies, then you haven't given it as much thought as Singer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 28, 2013
It's stuck in a big-budget-movie middle ground - not quite thrilling enough to be an action movie, not quite funny enough for a comedy - and, once you've pondered the impressive size of the beanstalk, there's not much else there.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 28, 2013
By the time the giants have descended the beanstalk and laid siege to the king's castle, and the boiling oil comes out with the flaming arrows and the flying flaming trees, it's like: Enough already.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
February 28, 2013
The film spends a great deal of its focus on fights that stretch out to Lord Of The Rings length, but without LOTR-level effects or panache.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
February 28, 2013
The action is a little too intense for very young children. But for everyone else, including cynical grown-up critics who didn't think they'd ever give a Fee, a Fi, a Fo or a Fum about this movie, it's a terrific adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
February 27, 2013
[M]ay get you habitually reaching for your PS3 controller to jab the cut-scene skipping "X" button
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
February 27, 2013
The film is like a big Disneyland ride, full of wonder and myth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 27, 2013
''Jack the Giant Slayer'' ends up being smart, thrilling and a whole lot of fun.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
February 26, 2013
Fee-fi-fo-fum, this fairy-tale retread is pretty dumb.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 26, 2013
Simply in terms of efficient storytelling, clear logistics and consistent viewer engagement, Jack is markedly superior to the recent "Hobbit."
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
February 26, 2013
Singer evokes another era of fantasy filmmaking when the illusions before our eyes were created in an artist's studio rather than a computer lab. It's more Jason and the Argonauts than Shia and the Transformers.