Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Reviews

  • At its best, it's a satisfying shuffle of the deck of famous Spielbergian moments that have gone before.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • There's plenty of frantic energy in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, lots of noise and money too, but what's absent is any sense of rediscovery.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Despite the genuine excitement, and one blinding flash of the old genius, this new Indy film looks like it's going through the motions.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Even with the ponderous dialogue, there is considerable fun, and it's good to see that Indy, though slightly weary, still has the goods.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It's romantic manliness at its purest, almost but not quite schmaltz, ideally calculated to please true believers and ironic snorters at once.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • A rollicking class reunion that stands as the second best entry in the venerable series.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is as joyless as its predecessors were blissful.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is entertaining, inventive and old-fashioned in the best way.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Sitting through Steven Spielberg's slog down memory lane means waiting for surprise, waiting for delight, waiting for daylight after turgid trudges through Peruvian caves, and waiting for an abstract story to coalesce.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • It's not bad, exactly. It's not a desecration of the franchise. It's just . . . tired.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The fourth chapter of the Indiana Jones chronicles feels repetitive and a little gassed, but it has too much bravura filmmaking, and just enough wit, to not recommend.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Ultimately, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is instant artifact. It's a vessel with a great deal of pictorial images on its surface. But its contents are long gone.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The action is the movie's raison d'etre, of course, but the setups are wittier than the payoffs.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Crystal Skull isn't bad -- there are a few dazzling sequences, and a couple of good performances -- but the unprecedented blend of comedy and action that made the movies so much more fun than any other adventure series is mostly gone.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • I can say that if you liked the other Indiana Jones movies, you will like this one, and that if you did not, there is no talking to you.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • A lot of the picture veers uneasily between solemnity and slapstick and 47 different genres.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The character and plot contrivances are dumber than ever, but this is basically vaudeville, not narrative, and the thrills keep coming.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • While the production values are top-notch, and the action artfully choreographed, in the end -- and quite well before the end -- a sense of tedium sets in.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The action sequences are staged and edited sloppily, a far cry from the death-defying stuntman extravaganzas of yore.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Satisfying if not fully electrifying, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull offers fans all the familiar elements: bullwhip, fedora, ancient texts, hidden clues, obscure maps and cliffhanging moment atop cliffhanging moment.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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