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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
October 1, 2012
"Prince of Persia" certainly has some entertainment value, but it suffers in the story department because it continually tries to fill the film with too much action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
April 25, 2011
Someday someone is going to make a great film from a video game. Until then we have to be satisfied with being decently entertained without being hopelessly insulted. Prince of Persia manages to avoid doing either, so the wait continues.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Beth Wilson
IGN Movies AU
May 27, 2010
With the plot so under-nurtured, the action sequences needed to be spectacular, but many audiences will probably leave the cinema unsatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 26, 2010
Does it make sense? Not really. Is it memorable? Absolutely not. Will it prevent you from being bored for 100 minutes? Maybe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
May 28, 2010
Jake Gyllenhaal as a swashbuckling hero who has insane jumping abilities and is destined to save the world? Really?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 26, 2010
A ditzy film that offers more evidence that good actors, good action and one-liners don't solve the one thing missing in every movie video game adaptation -- a story that makes sense.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 2, 2010
Middle-of-the-road adaptation is a summer snooze
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 27, 2010
The two leads are not inspired. Jake Gyllenhaal could make the cover of a muscle mag, but he plays Dastan as if harboring Spider-Man's doubts and insecurities. I recall Gemma Arterton as resembling a gorgeous still photo in a cosmetics ad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 27, 2010
All of the action and mayhem is designed to distract the viewer from the realization that a lot of what transpires during the course of this movie makes little sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
May 27, 2010
The movie is about two-thirds action and one-third bickering banter. The action scenes are fairly good; the banter is below the level of chit-chat from Oscar presenters.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 28, 2010
Prince of Persia, a movie born of a video game, is at war with itself, and the bad guys win.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
May 27, 2010
A dud in the desert. A sultan of stink. Why is Jake Gyllenhaal wandering ancient Perisa speaking with a British accent?
| Original Score: D
Julian Roman
MovieWeb
May 27, 2010
Even with a stellar cast and proven director, it's another banal exercise in video game adaptations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Michael Brown
Empire Magazine Australasia
May 24, 2010
Says a lot about a film when a balaclava-clad suicidal ostrich is one of its only highlights. For Gyllenhaal and Arterton completists only.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
May 28, 2010
Jake fans will love his sleeveless arms and long hair %u2013 alas, the rest of the film is hardly as memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 28, 2010
Embarrassingly stupid costumed adventure has sand in its gears and fleas in its screenplay.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
May 27, 2010
Ancient catacombs, sneering villains, hammy comic relief, posh British accents, manly broad shoulders and womanly belly buttons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 28, 2010
I know there is nothing new under the Sun, but this time it really feels like the story is a cotton T-shirt that's been washed so many times it is see-through.
| Original Score: C+
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
May 26, 2010
Prince Of Persia works as mindless, forgettable, sit-in-the-air-conditioning entertainment, but it's not built to last, and it offers nothing lasting to an audience.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
June 2, 2010
Could have used more of its own magical Sands of Time, which endow the possessor with time-rewinding, mistake-correcting powers. A pinch to add chemistry between leads Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton; a dash to delete portentous dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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