Jack the Giant Slayer Reviews

  • The CGI effects and tepid intro will probably bore older viewers, but if you let yourself get into the story, then you're in for a decent time.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • The director, Bryan Singer, works more anonymously here than he did in the X-Men films. Jack the Giant Slayer feels like it could have been made by anyone.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • This finally is just a digitally souped-up, one-dimensional take on "Jack and the Beanstalk," capped by the kind of interminable blowout that makes many big-studio entertainments feel as long as the last Oscars.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • There's more to this Jack and the Beanstalk adaptation than Fee-fi-fo-fum.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "Jack" seems designed to appeal to a very narrow, and possibly illusory, demographic: the mature moppet.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • If you thought the tale ended when Jack clambered back down from the skies, then you haven't given it as much thought as Singer.

    Tom Russo — Boston Globe

  • Singer evokes another era of fantasy filmmaking when the illusions before our eyes were created in an artist's studio rather than a computer lab. It's more Jason and the Argonauts than Shia and the Transformers.

    Scott Foundas — Village Voice

  • Big and loud and so bland it kinda feels like we've been sold a bill of goods.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Jack's problem is that he's a commoner, but the movie's problem is that its script is commoner still, an enchantment-free pretext for animated action, straight-ahead storytelling and ersatz romance.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The action is a little too intense for very young children. But for everyone else, including cynical grown-up critics who didn't think they'd ever give a Fee, a Fi, a Fo or a Fum about this movie, it's a terrific adventure.

    Richard Roeper — Chicago Sun-Times

  • By the time the giants have descended the beanstalk and laid siege to the king's castle, and the boiling oil comes out with the flaming arrows and the flying flaming trees, it's like: Enough already.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Singer's take on ye olde yarne has wit about it, and it certainly looks good.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It feels like a film made by a committee, for a demographic rather than an audience. It's a tale full of sound and fury (and flying bodies) signifying nothing.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "Jack the Giant Slayer" seems more likely to be "Jack the Giant Bomb."

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The film is like a big Disneyland ride, full of wonder and myth.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • Fee-fi-fo-fum, this fairy-tale retread is pretty dumb.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • This digitally tricked-out fairy tale makes for a reasonably engaging kids' fantasy, but at best we're talking about a junior varsity "Lord of the Rings."

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Although it often feels there's more of mechanics than the muse keeping Jack the Giant Slayer going, this sprightly fairy tale reworking is full of beans, smartly written and packs plenty of fun.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • [M]ay get you habitually reaching for your PS3 controller to jab the cut-scene skipping "X" button

    Jordan Hoffman — Film.com

  • While it's fine for a director to explore his childhood inspirations, you hope he would bring something a bit more personal to it.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

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