Mortal Engines - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Mortal Engines Reviews

March 5, 2019
it's sorta the young adult version of The Road Warrior and Mad Max. A world full of crazy engines and and stories and cities that are moving around. It feels very derivative.
December 24, 2018
They want to give you a steampunk-on-steroids Metropocalypse Now! And they're willing to use the spare parts of dozens of other movies to make it happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 17, 2018
Visually, it's busy, hefty and propulsive, but emotionally and thematically, it's as light as air. These engines could have used a bit more in the tank.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 17, 2018
The stakes are enormous, but the outcome is neither here nor there.
December 14, 2018
One of the most impressive examples of "world building" in recent years, surpassing such contenders as Valerian, Cloud Atlas, and even the recent Star Wars episodes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2018
There are fleeting pleasures to be had here in Brexit-era parallels...but too soon the movie returns to deadening clichés (a doomsday weapon! A plucky band of rebels!), blank-faced performances and truly horrible line-readings.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 14, 2018
Most of "Mortal Engines" is a wearying blast of CGI and genre-cribbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 14, 2018
How did this truly crummy movie get made?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 14, 2018
"Mortal Engines" is an entertaining movie if you don't ask too many questions of the story and stick to what's put in front of you onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 14, 2018
Fortunately, all of it is brilliantly and efficiently explained in an interesting and compelling way. Just kidding.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 13, 2018
It adds up to a giant slog, a movie that, despite its ambitious look, doesn't manage to offer us anything new. In the Screen Age, we'd refer to it as an epic fail.
Full Review | Original Score: D
December 13, 2018
"Mortal Engines" is such a visual marvel, such a dazzling, pictorially involving imagining of the future, it's a shame it's not completely worth seeing.
December 13, 2018
The story is bloated and, despite flashes of imagination, overly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
December 13, 2018
Mortal Engines marshals billions of pixels and barely an iota of inspiration.
December 13, 2018
There is almost no character development, the dialogue is stilted and the story itself is rather absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 13, 2018
"Mortal Engines" hasn't much in the way of originality, other than its rolling city, to distinguish it from other, better post-apocalyptic tales.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 13, 2018
As these things go, "Mortal Engines" offers a fair amount of fun.
December 13, 2018
An elaborate adventure-epic with a fresh new cast and an appealing steampunk style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2018
This is a headache-inducing spectacle that raises more questions than it answers, and does little to inspire viewers to go find the answers themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 12, 2018
There is fine craftsmanship on the screen, and the acting is competent, but the movie never quite reaches magical heights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 11, 2018
It's well-designed as a means to transport and entertain effectively. It's for you.
December 7, 2018
Like the Hobbit movies, Mortal Engines is a relentless assault of CGI and earsplitting noise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 6, 2018
This should've been so much more than spectacular effects and shouting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 5, 2018
Sticking with the anatomical analogy, the screenplay has had a lot to digest yet it's succeeded, laying the basis for a rousing tale in which action, character and a dazzling production design strike a perfect balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 5, 2018
The storytelling execution is just not totally there, a flat tire on the highway to being the next big thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 5, 2018
There's so much to love here, and so little opportunity to enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 5, 2018
Certainly lavish and expensive looking but never thoroughly locks in to capture the imagination or sweep you off to a new world where you particularly want to spend time.
December 5, 2018
Once you begin to acclimate to the film's eye-candy junkyard wonders, it slowly starts to dawn on you that there's still another hour and a half to go - and that it's going to be a long ride indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 5, 2018
In all its effortful steampunkiness, Mortal Engines isn't a film which is particularly exciting or funny, and the idea of the "traction city" is a stylistic and visual design tic that you just have to take or leave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 5, 2018
The only rational response to Mortal Engines is "Wow."
December 5, 2018
The movie devolves from promising to unwieldy, then baffling, then exhausting, then finally unintentionally hysterical.