Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Reviews

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June 7, 2010
[A] cacophonous, frivolous adaptation of Ubisoft's Arabian Nights-themed video-game series.
June 4, 2010
The sheer whoosh of the story line keeps you watching anyway, and, as the prince, Jake Gyllenhaal has a hearty good-naturedness that comes as a relief amid all the turbocharged antics. He wears his heroism lightly.
June 2, 2010
Disposable family entertainment.
June 1, 2010
This is a movie that knows exactly how dumb it is.
May 28, 2010
Bring a joystick to this big budget adventure. It'll give your hands something to do when you're restless.
May 28, 2010
As usual, the talent in Prince of Persia is generally top notch -- from the cinematographer John Seale to the parkour expert David Belle -- but the ingredients have been masticated so heavily the results are mush.
May 28, 2010
A spectacularly silly video-game adaptation about a Fresh Prince of Gel Hair who runs around the desert with a magic dagger, a curious version of Alfred Molina and some hoity-toity chick who never breaks a sweat. It's sort of pointless.
May 28, 2010
Prince of Persia is destined to disappear into the quicksand of time, too innocuous to be hated, too bland to be remembered, just awaiting some bright optimist in a distant future to press the do-over button.
May 28, 2010
This movie is little more than a big noise bomb with jerky movements attached.
May 28, 2010
It's not a classic, but it's sturdy enough, thanks to Gyllenhaal and a sly and grousing turn by Alfred Molina as Sheikh Amar, a scoundrel with a heart of gold -- or at least, a ticker very interested in riches.
May 28, 2010
Don't think too much about its main prop and plot device -- a magic sword that can turn back the clock and change history -- and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a fun ride.
May 28, 2010
Men sporting bronzer and spewing cliches in British accents while battling evil and dealing with cheesy special effects.
May 28, 2010
Prince of Persia is woven of recycled fibers, but by the slipping standards of summertime entertainment, it's a magic carpet ride.
May 28, 2010
The story unfolds with little regard for subtlety, and wisecracks are what pass for humor. When a gaggle of gangly ostriches offers one of the biggest laughs, wit clearly is at a premium.
May 28, 2010
Prince of Persia, a movie born of a video game, is at war with itself, and the bad guys win.
May 28, 2010
Although Prince of Persia stimulates the circulatory and nervous systems, it engages none of the higher faculties of game play. Like, say, hand-eye coordination and map-reading skills. It's a frenetic yet passive experience.
May 28, 2010
Prince of Persia got the go-ahead from an administration at Disney that was sent on its way last year. I wouldn't be surprised if their successors at the Mouse House wish they had a magic dagger that would allow them to go back and erase this movie.
May 27, 2010
The movie is too cheerful and earnest to motivate any active dislike toward it, but not good enough to warrant any strong praise. It's the reason shrugs were invented.
May 27, 2010
The funny thing is that Gyllenhaal, with his boyish charm playing nicely off his buffed-up physique, actually makes a pretty decent action hero. If only we could go back in time and make Prince of Persia worthy of him.
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.
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