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Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Despite the best efforts of a talented cast, Race to Witch Mountain is a tepid reboot that lacks the magic of the original.

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For years, stories have circulated about a secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings. It's called Witch Mountain, and when a Las Vegas cab driver finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure he can't explain. They work together to discover that the only chance to save the world lies in unraveling the secrets of Witch Mountain, and the race begins.

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Cast

Dwayne Johnson
as Jack Bruno
Carla Gugino
as Dr. Alex Friedman
Ciarán Hinds
as Henry Burke
Garry Marshall
as Dr. Donald Harlan
Ike Eisenmann
as Sheriff Antony
John Duff
as Frank
Beth Kennedy
as Stenftenagel
Jonathan Slavin
as Gallagher
Harry Murphy
as Analyst D. Pleasence
Ted Hartley
as Four-Star General V. Lewton
Jack Eastland
as General E. Albert
Meredith Salenger
as Natalie Gann
Andrew Shaifer
as Casey Taylor
Suzanne Krull
as Gail Ross
Dave Engfer
as Iscovich
Omar J. Dorsey
as Police Officer Hough
Sam Wolfson
as Imperial Stormtrooper Ciardi
Paul Darnell
as Siphon Stunt Double
Bryan Fogel
as Imperial Stormtrooper Gray
Robert Torti
as Dominick
Steven Rosenbaum
as Oren Bergman
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Critic Reviews for Race to Witch Mountain

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (37)

Race to Witch Mountain is the first kids' film in ages to have action beats that measure up to Hollywood's grownup action fare.

Full Review… | May 13, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's pacy all right, but glib and uninvolving for grown-ups, though perhaps furnished with enough in the way of spaceships, lasers and digital explosions to pacify undemanding little 'uns of an afternoon.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The planet-hopping children have special talents -- telekinesis, telepathy etc. -- although it is the high-wattage lovability of Mr. Rock that's the real superpower on display here.

Full Review… | March 18, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

There is so much in this film that needed to be tweaked and enhanced to really make it special.

Full Review… | March 16, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

I think most kids and certainly most adults are going to find themselves bored.

March 16, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

The movie has Johnson, who lifts the script above its conventional cat-and-mouse stratagems with his buoyant wiseacre timing.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Race to Witch Mountain

This sci-fi adventure aims mostly at a young audience and maybe they would even have fun with this. As an adult, there is very little of interest here. The Rock has been more charismatic in films, it feels as if he didn't really want to be there. The plot is rather predictable and far from being a "race". Sure, the film is fast enough not to get boring but the editing is rather bumpy and the story so full of stereotypes you feel you've seen it all before and much better. Most chances to have a little fun with geek and sci-fi-cliches, for example at the convention, are completely wasted. At least it's over rather quickly.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Dwayne Johnson should have stuck with wrestling, because he's not a very good actor. Despite his lousy efforts in this movie, however, it's not bad overall. Very rushed and cheesily written, but at least it never bored me. Neat special effects and a decent Disney feature, worth watching once. I hope to God though that "The Rock" will throw in the towel soon. Because he added nothing to the film, but an auto-piloted, painfully strained, where's-my-check type of performance.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

Boring and cheesy, Dwayne is on a tipping point with these kids movies.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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