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Race to Witch Mountain Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 9, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/6
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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
March 18, 2009
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 | Original Score: B
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 16, 2009
There is so much in this film that needed to be tweaked and enhanced to really make it special.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 16, 2009
I think most kids and certainly most adults are going to find themselves bored.
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Jan Stuart
Washington Post
March 13, 2009
The movie has Johnson, who lifts the script above its conventional cat-and-mouse stratagems with his buoyant wiseacre timing.
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Justin Berton
San Francisco Chronicle
March 13, 2009
Wow, when Disney misses the 'reimagining' mark, it really misses.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 13, 2009
This is not a story that cries out to be remade every 15-20 years. And, while the special effects and acting are getting better, the story isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 13, 2009
For all that energy, the film never really goes into orbit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 13, 2009
Bears all the signs of having been composed by an inferior race of alien screenwriters from the Hackulon System.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2009
A fast and furious wild ride of a movie in which the good guys are good, the bad guys are good and the car chases are pretty spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
March 13, 2009
It's a fast, funny, frightening and family-friendly movie, an affectionate tribute to the original, and a vintage thrill ride enhanced by modern visual trickery, crazy characters -- and a soupçon of skepticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
March 13, 2009
A couple of 10-year-old boys all hopped up on concession-stand soda would be ideal companions for Disney's latest: Race to Witch Mountain.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 13, 2009
Race to Witch Mountain isn't magic, but it moves.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 13, 2009
Although Race to Witch Mountain is about space travelers, little soars here. The film is so by-the-book (and we don't mean Key's 1968 novel) that it's hard to recount it without reverting to blahblahblah.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 13, 2009
The cost of hitting every demographic sweet spot is a movie that's suitable for all ages and recommendable to none; with Johnson in enforcer mode, it's a little like a generic R-rated science-fiction thriller pre-edited for television.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 13, 2009
Modest and diverting, rough and bland, with some good (if not quite Bette Davis caliber) actors and so-so special effects.
| Original Score: 3/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 12, 2009
Everything's a familiar plug-in from contemporary pop culture, every new development is brisk, bloodless and banal.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 12, 2009
While Escape was superior in story, Race does commit to an impressive scope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 12, 2009
Race to Witch Mountain is a satisfying snack of a family adventure. It doesn't condescend to youngsters or shortchange adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 12, 2009
This is not a movie. It's a coming attraction for a theme park.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 12, 2009
Mediocre family fare that's simply not that much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
March 12, 2009
Race to Witch Mountain" is made for kids, with a mix of family-friendly thrills and conspiracy mythos and special-effects action ... think of it as "The PG Files."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 12, 2009
Given enough popcorn, kids should find it diverting; adults may be less than enthralled.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
March 12, 2009
It cracks skulls for thrills; I'm uneasy that the MPAA prigs see the Disney castle at the opening credits and think nothing of its conscienceless, consequenceless thuggery.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 12, 2009
The film doesn't really have a plot. It's more of a premise, cartoonishly executed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 12, 2009
...while "Race to Witch Mountain" rarely rises above the functional, either as storytelling or as visual kinetics, it moves like it means it and keeps Johnson front and center, either fuming or sputtering.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 12, 2009
The story, acting and dialogue somehow came out weaker and creakier than before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 12, 2009
Since Seth and Sara only appropriated the bodies of human teenagers, I was left with a couple of questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
March 12, 2009
Cracking one-liners and alternating between world-weariness and growing affection for his charges, Johnson is wonderful -- much better than his material.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 11, 2009
Action and sci-fi thrills blend nicely with comedy in one of Disney's best action movies this side of Jerry Bruckheimer.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 11, 2009
All noise and action, overedited shootouts with blaring music.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 11, 2009
Johnson continues to flex his muscles as a charismatic screen presence, and here once again demonstrates his ego-free willingness to make himself the butt of jokes even as he does his derring-do.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 11, 2009
It's a pleasant-enough diversion. Who knows, maybe the sequel will improve on this. Because from the looks of things at the end, there's bound to be one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5