Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Critics Consensus

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom adds another set piece-packed entry to the blockbuster franchise, although genuinely thrilling moments are in increasingly short supply.

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It's been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who's still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

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Critic Reviews for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

All Critics (402) | Top Critics (57)

  • With all the behinds-the-scene stuff, you get lost. You just want to see dinosaurs trample stuff...still, the kind of summer film that you want.

    Jan 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Colin Trevorrow's belated follow-up to Jurassic Park is one of the most intriguing of recent reboots, since the premise of a theme park inhabited by actual dinosaurs directly dramatises the dangers of bringing the past back to life.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Fallen Kingdom delivers on its promise and then some. But once fully digested, this high-calorie snack will likely not rank very high on the Jurassic franchise food chain.

    Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Golly, maybe life really will find a way, even in a franchise whose last installment played like a zombified version of the original entry from Steven Spielberg.

    Jun 29, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Fallen Kingdom is the silliest and most purely enjoyable variation on a story that a few big studio productions have been offering recently.

    Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • J.A. Bayona demonstrates a flair for the gothic... which has less pyrotechnics but more suspense.

    Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

  • Apr 13, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2019
    While the tone is obviously darker and more ominous Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is nearly extinct with its inconsistent plot, forgettable characters and near-mirror-image of its previous sequel. Though Pratt and Howard command the screen with the brilliance of its CGI'd-prehistoric creatures it falls flat comparable even to its previous installment. 3.35/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2019
    A strong, strong opening that it never recovers* from. (*"never recovers from" here meaning "never stops dissapointing afterwards".)
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2018
    Come what may, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a curious middle chapter that will likely be remembered more for its curiosities than its contributions to the overall arc of this new trilogy. What will allow the World trilogy to always have an upper hand over that of the will-always-be-superior original and its two less than successful follow-ups is that of the coherency this new set of films will seemingly possess and thus is what initially makes Fallen Kingdom so intriguing. Intriguing in a morbid curiosity kind of way as the first act of the film would have one believe it was something of a task to bring together our protagonists from the first film. Bryce Dallas Howard's no longer high-heel wearing Claire Dearing has become a voice for the dinosaurs left abandoned on Isla Nublar as a volcano is set to erupt at any moment threatening another extinction-level event. Convenient, right? Well, as it turns out this is not only an opportunity for writers Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow to move the action off of the island (a good thing), but it also creates inspiration for Claire to reach out to now ex-boyfriend and "raptor wrangler" Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) so that they may reunite in an effort to rescue as many dinos from the island as they can. Is it necessary that Owen be brought back into the action? Not entirely and Fallen Kingdom does Pratt's character no favors by giving him little to do other than become a human super hero who in turn becomes more of a dinosaur whisperer than a trainer that is also doomed to repeat the romantic beats of the first film with Claire, but to not have the star of the first film return would feel weird as well. It makes sense to a degree, but this contradiction of sorts in need versus obligation is symbolic of what seems will come to define the shortcomings of this new trilogy as well. Owen is a fun and charismatic character that functioned well for the plot of the first film, but who is only called on to be fun and charming in this sequel despite the function of his character within the plot being largely pointless (though this wouldn't be as glaring if there were more depth to the character). The movies themselves are breezily enjoyable and often times massively entertaining, but the plots on which they function will seemingly only feel more and more strained the further they push this. In essence, other than for financial reasons is there a story worth telling that justifies the existence of more of these movies? The moral dilemma of should man do something simply because it is capable has been obliterated as yet another genetically engineered dino is at the heart of Fallen Kingdom with this film moving more into should these dinosaurs be regarded in the same way as other endangered species despite being created in a lab. Much in the same way Owen is charming and fun to have around even if his presence is mostly unnecessary Fallen Kingdom only brings up said points to try and validate its existence without ever exploring them enough to make this movie feel necessary. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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